World-Famous Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Predicts More Cold Weather; Cool-Weather Travel Activities Flourish in Pennsylvania Wilds

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Hot off the press! Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter as he saw his shadow early this morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney. The thousands of visitors who assembled for the annual pilgrimage to Punxsutawney cheered as Inner Circle members coaxed Phil from his hole and translated Phil’s prediction for the world.

“Phil’s prediction means visitors to our state have more time for winter activities,” said Mickey Rowley, Deputy Secretary of Tourism in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Punxsutawney, located in the Pennsylvania Wilds Region, is well known for its resident free-roaming elk herd. In the southwestern part of the Commonwealth sits the Laurel Highlands – home to Seven Springs Ski Resort, one of the top 12 ski resorts in the East by readers of SKI magazine and the number one ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic. And, in the northeast, the Pocono Region is home to many ski resorts, including Elk Mountain, voted best-groomed by SKI magazine, as well as other outdoor adventures.

For more information on Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction and things to see and do in all regions of Pennsylvania during any season, visit

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office is dedicated to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of travelers by presenting them with the information and resources they need to plan and enjoy the activities, attractions and destinations that are uniquely Pennsylvania. For more information about Pennsylvania’s tourism industry, go to, or call (800) VISIT PA.

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