Spring Mountain to unveil outdoor rink


UPPER SALFORD – Spring Mountain Adventures is getting ready to kick off the holiday season with something special.

Located at 757 Spring Mount Road, near Schwenksville, it has been a long-standing outdoor recreation destination for over 20 years. Now the company is adding an ice rink.

“You are under the stars, you are under the lights, you can see the ski resort. So I think the attraction is just the frame it’s in, ”said director John Brown.

An outdoor rink is under construction at Spring Mountain Adventures at 757 Spring Mount Road. Rachel Ravina – MediaNewsGroup

While the idea to install an outdoor rink originated about four years ago, construction didn’t start until July, Brown said.

Now, five months later, the rink is expected to be up and running next week before the “First Annual Spring Mountain Tree Skating and Lighting Show” on December 11.

Holiday activities begin at 3 p.m. and include a lighted tree, ice skating with Santa Claus and performances by local skaters. Visit springmountainadventures.com for more information.

“It should be pretty festive here,” Brown said.

When completed, the area will also include fire pits and a food truck.

With the rink’s maximum capacity set at 300, Brown predicts Thursday through Sunday will be more popular for potential skaters. Those interested in skating can do so for $ 15, which includes the cost of renting skates.

In addition, a range of skating lessons are available. According to the Spring Mountain Adventure website, programs range from “ice mice” and “introduction to skating” to beginner and advanced beginner ice levels. Hockey players can also rent the entire rink for 1.25 hours for $ 400.

“It’s another springboard for people to learn a new sport,” he said. “We are a beginners’ ski area. You can also come here to learn to skate.

Spring Mountain Adventures owner Gayle Buckman agreed.

“I think it’s just exciting for the kids in the area to have other things to do near here,” she said.

Snow patches can be seen on the ski trails of Spring Mountain Adventures as the business prepares to open for the winter season. Rachel Ravina – MediaNews Group

Brown and Buckman hoped the newly constructed ice rink would be another asset for the company, which has been hit like so many others by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was a bit difficult, then the governor shut us down earlier, so we lost a substantial amount, and we lost all of our summer activities, our outdoor zipline canopy tours, which then took a hit. extra storms that we had that year, ”she said.“ So much of it was destroyed and not worth reopening, and our haunted events were canceled for that year. -the.”

“So as Christmas approached, and all of the Pennsylvania ski resorts worked together to develop a COVID plan and present[ed] to the governor so that we had some control over how it would work, and the governor approved it, ”Buckman continued.

However, Brown observed how the winter months brought people down the slopes.

“For the East Coast ski business, everything has been going pretty well because people wanted something to do, and skiing is a socially distanced sport,” said Brown. “So it worked out well for us for this business. “

Nearly two years later, Brown noted that the Montgomery County outdoor recreation site still provides respite for those in need of fresh air.

“The world as we all know it is a little strange right now, so if you can get away with it, this [can] be like a little escape for a day, ”he said.

The entrance to the Alpine Lodge is pictured at Spring Mountain Adventures, located at 757 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville. Rachel Ravina – MediaNews Group

The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to begin in February 2022 in Beijing, China.

Buckman highlighted how the new rink will give Spring Mountain skaters the chance to be their own Olympians.

“It’s the winter Olympic year,” she said. “So this is the right timing, and they still want to do whatever they see at home.”

Days before the new rink opens, Spring Mountain Adventures employees are eagerly awaiting people to try out the new amenities.

“We’re the closest ski area to Philadelphia, so if people want to come and experience the outdoors and some outdoor sports, I think that’s a draw,” Brown said.


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