February 1, 2016: Aquatic Development Group (ADG) announced today that they have been contracted by Camelback Resort (Tannersville, PA) to design and build a new Mountain Slide attraction. These multi-track, side-by-side slides are designed to tap in to the natural energy and competitive spirit of the ski-resort’s thrill-seeking guests, while rider controlled carts allow guests of all ages to enjoy the ride at their own pace. ADG’s advances in track and sled design improve safety, setting the gold standard for a new generation in slopeside fun. Non-abrasive fiberglass construction improves track performance while providing a smooth, safe surface that heightens the sensation of speed. ADG’s revamped mountain sled adds rear wheels that follow the curvature of the track and eliminate ‘fishtailing’, while a patented speed restrictor increases guest safety without negatively impacting rider enjoyment. The redesigned track boasts deeper channels that greatly improve maneuverability and rider control. With high revenue capability and modest staffing needs, the Mountain Slide has a proven track record of providing a short, safe path to ROI for ski mountains.
Scheduled to open in July 2016, the Mountain Slide will be the perfect complement to the existing attractions at the popular Camelback Mountain Adventures which opened in 2009 and includes the largest treetop adventure course in PA, dual zip-lines, two 4,000ft twin zip-flyers, mountain Segway tours and the 4,500ft steel-track Mountain Coaster also designed and built by ADG. Construction of the Mountain Slide is expected to begin this spring. For more information on the Mountain Slide and Mountain Coaster please visit www.ADGmountainsides.com
Camelback Resort co-owners Arthur Berry III and Aquatic Development Group CEO, Ken Ellis first met on the Saratoga, New York campus of Skidmore College in 1982. Through their friendship and common vision to bring fun to their family and friends, they purchased Camelback Resort in June 2005. Located in the Pocono Mountains, with close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia and metro markets, Camelback Resort is nationally known in the ski industry for converting new skiers and snowboarders in the Northeast to lifetime snowsports enthusiasts. Berry and Ellis have built on the rich history of Camelback Resort by: expanding operations to offer world-recognized terrain-based ski learning programs, winning the coveted Conversion Cup in 2014 from the National Ski Area Association; expanding the snowtubing park to be the largest in the country; adding new attractions at Camelbeach Waterpark, the largest outdoor waterpark in Pennsylvania; and developing Camelback Mountain Adventures, with zip-lines, Segway tours, multiple tree-tops ropes courses and a Mountain Coaster. On May 1, 2015, after nearly two years of construction, Berry and Ellis opened the doors to Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, offering a mountain-based indoor waterpark hotel and changing Camelback Resort from a seasonal day trip, to an overnight, year-round destination. The $163 million Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is the largest single expenditure in the 52-year history of Camelback Resort and the largest national ski resort improvement in 2015.