Whether you prefer thrilling vertical drops, long and gentle runs, or engaging terrain parks, Pennsylvania’s 20 ski areas and resorts offer skiers and snowboarders endless opportunities for fun across the state. Read on to learn about just a few winter destinations to consider for your snowy getaway.
With seven ski resorts and more than 185 miles of trails featuring a variety of terrain, the Pocono Mountains have plenty of play areas to test your skills.
Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton is home to Pennsylvania’s highest vertical drop (1,082 feet!) and the only natural, Olympic-qualifying luge track on the East Coast. Perfect your aerial moves and tricks with a soft landing provided by the “BigAirBag” at Central Park, one of six terrain parks.
The largest snow tubing park in the U.S., 34 trails, and new ski-in/ski-out accommodations make Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville a treat for families. All trails are illuminated in the evening for night skiing, and kids and adults adore the new 125,000-square-foot Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark at Camelback Lodge, the perfect complement to a day on the slopes.
Meanwhile, the Rossignol Experience Center at Alpine Mountain Resort in Henryville makes perfecting your skiing or riding skills a breeze. Renowned programs at the center — the only one of its kind in the Poconos — help kids and adults hit the slopes with more control and confidence. Other activities at the resort include ice skating, tubing, and night skiing.
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Located on 330 wooded acres in southeast Pennsylvania, Bear Creek Mountain Resort offers 86 acres of slopes, trails, and terrain parks. Four black diamond trails satisfy seasoned powder hounds, while classes at the ski and snowboard school cater to all ages and abilities, from adult first-timers to youngsters interested in skiing competitively.
Montage Mountain’s difficult and expert terrain brings skilled skiers and snowboarders from near and far to Scranton. Carve your tracks in White Lightning, favored for its 600-foot vertical drop and moguls. For more snowy delights, spend time in the terrain or tubing parks.
Elk Mountain Ski Resort in Union Dale boasts some of the highest altitudes in Pennsylvania with 27 trails, including nearly a dozen expert slopes. For an extra-special visit, pair a weekend on the mountain with a stay at a local bed and breakfast.
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Spring Mountain Adventures near Schwenksville offers eight trails, six lifts, two terrain parks, and two tubing runs to ensure endless enjoyment in the white stuff. Stay at Spring Mountain’s cozy Woodside Lodge, a restored nine-room, 1920s-era bed and breakfast.
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Just minutes from Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster, Roundtop Mountain Resort has a great selection of learning programs and packages to help newbies become “superheroes of snow.” The National Ski Area Association rated the resort’s First Class Learn to Ski and Snowboard program as one of the best in the country.
Amenities like complimentary ski and snowboard check and slopeside lodging enhance winter holidays to Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, where 23 trails, two terrain parks, a half pipe, and 10 tubing lanes delight powder lovers of all ages.
Nestled near the scenic Catoctin Mountains on 275 beautiful acres, Liberty Mountain Resort is just eight miles southwest of Gettysburg. In addition to more than 100 acres of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing trails, Liberty Mountain offers accommodations at the Liberty Hotel and new Highland Lodge, located just steps from the slopes.
For a day of snow-swishing fun, consider Sawmill Mountain in Morris, offering 12 slopes, a terrain park, and tube slide. Onsite lodging options cater to groups of all sizes, from a farmhouse that sleeps up to 32 to a snug chalet at the base of the slopes equipped for six.
Somerset County’s Seven Springs Mountain Resort has seven terrain parks and 33 slopes and trails for skiers and riders. The resort also recently introduced uphill or alpine skiing, on designated routes. Tubing, snowcat rides, and snowmobile and snowshoe tours are also available.
To explore Seven Springs and sister resort Hidden Valley, consider the Valley Highlands Package, which includes lodging and access to both resorts for one low price.
Often considered Pennsylvania’s best-kept secret, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Claysburg has the longest trails in the state. Choose from 34 trails with a vertical drop of more than 1,000 feet; or gratify your need for speed at NASTAR ski-racing pavilion. Other perks include affordable onsite condos and 10 km of groomed Nordic trails.
Intimate Tussey Mountain in Boalsburg offers 50 acres of downhill entertainment. Plan to go night skiing with lifts open until 10:00 PM, and stop at Edges Pub or Mountainside Bar to warm your belly with mouthwatering grub and refreshing libations.
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