MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The second annual Great Outdoors Festival, a two-day "break-even event aimed at getting people to the Whitetail Ski Resort off season," brought about 2,000 people to the facility outside Mercersburg over the weekend, a Whitetail spokesman said.
"We do this to familiarize people with Whitetail," spokesman Chris Black said. Those who went saw dog training and trials, a wood-chopping demonstration by Penn State Mont Alto forestry students, a fly-fishing exhibit and wood carving. They were able to climb walls, shoot bows and arrows, see reptiles, hear country music and watch their kids take part in a variety of small-fry events.
The resort is getting ready for its 2002-2003 ski season, Black said.
New this year are six snow-tubing trails, complete with their own tow system and lodge. While it's a first for Whitetail, snow tubing is gaining in popularity at ski resorts all over the country, Black said.