Hi All,

I am planning a first-time weekend ski trip with a couple folks that are beginners at skiing/snowboarding. I am looking in the Pocono region just to keep the travel time short for the new folks. Based on reading these boards, it looks like if I do go to Blue or Camelback that I should try to make this a Thursday-Saturday trip rather than a Friday-Sunday, simply because of the crowds.

Also based on reading these boards, it seems like booking a weekend ski trip in PA right now might not be the most reliable course of action. Should I be reserving lodging the month of the trip vs 4 months out (due to unpredictable conditions)? Id like to go in December, but I dont think those areas have reliable snow at that time, so Im probably looking at January.

Can you recommend?
Lodging (I was going to just look for houses to rent for a couple days, but open to other options)
Other activities in area (snow tubing, snow mobiling, restaurants, lodge quality, anything fun)