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Roundtop Mountain Resort opening Thursday for winter season

Other regional snow-tubing attractions holding off

Roundtop Mountain Resort in northern York County will open Thursday for the winter season. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

The winter skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing season is finally here.

Roundtop Mountain Resort in northern York County will open for the winter season on Thursday, officials confirmed this week.

The resort began snowmaking operations late last week with the arrival of more consistent winter temperatures. Weather conditions are expected to remain cold this week.

The Business Journal spoke recently with Matthew Thomas, the resort’s new general manager, about the upcoming season for Roundtop and his future plans to grow the resort.

That interview is featured in this week’s print edition.

Roundtop, which opened in 1964, gets about 120,000 winter visitors each year.

Not open

Other winter businesses in the midstate are making snow in preparation for opening day.

That includes AvalancheXpress, a snow tubing business at Heritage Hills in York County, and Iron Valley Tubing in Cornwall.

AvalancheXpress will open Saturday at 4 p.m., according to Heritage Hills. 

Hours from there will be Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekdays starting Monday, Dec. 19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Holiday hours will start on Dec. 23.

Iron Valley officials said the week of Dec. 26 was probable for opening. Iron Valley Tubing, which opened last year, is located on the driving range of Iron Valley Golf Club.

In Pennsylvania, the best case scenario for winter resorts is opening around Thanksgiving and running through March. But weather conditions don’t always cooperate, which has prompted many seasonal businesses to look for more year-round opportunities to attract visitors.

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