Spring Mountain recently celebrated 50 years in “snowbiz.” Roundtop Mountain Resort was voted "Best Family Resort in the Mid-Atlantic" by OntheSnow.com. Seven Springs Mountain Resort was ranked No. 1 for its terrain parks and pipes for the fourth year in a row by TransWorld SNOWboarding and SKI magazines. The accolades are numerous, as are the number of runs for skiers, snowboarders and tubers spread out across Pennsylvania’s 21 ski resorts and areas.
With seven ski resorts and 185 trails for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, the Pocono Mountains has plenty of play area to test your skills.
At Jack Frost and Big Boulder, sister properties in Blakeslee and nearby Lake Harmony, skiers can purchase a lift ticket valid at both locations in the same day. The resorts offer slopes for all skill levels, terrain parks and snow tubing chutes. Big Boulder has hosted the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAM tour, which the magazine has deemed one of the most progressive snowboarding park resorts in the United States.
Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton is home to Pennsylvania’s highest vertical (1,082 feet) and only natural, Olympic-qualifying luge track on the East Coast. Perfect your extreme snowboarding and skiing tricks with a soft landing provided by Blue Mountain’s Big Air Bag.
Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville offers skiing and snowboarding trails for all skill levels, terrain parks and half-pipe area. This season, the resort has expanded its snow tubing area to 38 lanes and two magic carpets making it the biggest snow tubing park in the U.S. Guests can also ride the new 4,500-foot Alpine Mountain Coaster. The resort has also installed a 50’ by 50’ inflatable stunt bag.
Shawnee Mountain, located in Shawnee on Delaware, is the closest ski area to Metro New York and features excellent beginner programs for children as young as three learning to ski, while the WEEriders program provides snowboarding lessons to children as young as four.
The nearby Elk Mountain Ski Area in Union Dale features the highest altitudes in Pennsylvania with 27 slopes and trails, and is partnering with the Endless Mountains Innkeepers Association to offer getaway packages at charming, eclectic and historic B&Bs and country inns that are distinct to the region, including Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant and Crestmont Inn, as well as Holiday Inn Express - Gibson.
Spring Mountain, near Schwenksville, celebrated 50 years in “snowbiz” in 2012. The closest ski area to Philadelphia, Spring Mountain offers eight trails, four lifts, and two snow tubing runs to ensure endless enjoyment in the white stuff. Not only that, owners Rick and Gayle Buckman recently added a boutique hotel to the mix. The Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain is a completely remodeled, nine-room, 1920s-era country manor offering two-room suites and a Bunkroom that sleeps eight.
Voted "Best Family Resort in the Mid-Atlantic” by OntheSnow.com, Roundtop Mountain Resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing for all ages and skill levels. Don’t know your way around the slopes? No problem. Roundtop Mountain Resort offers a variety of classes and is recognized as one of the best programs in the nation for novice skiers and riders.
Liberty Mountain Resort is nestled near the scenic Catoctin Mountains on 275 beautiful acres in Carroll Valley – just eight miles southwest of historic Gettysburg – convenient to both the Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. metro areas. With more than 100 acres of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing trails, the resort offers a number of “ski and stay” packages including a $90 per person January Learn to Ski & Stay Special.
When the snow flies, hit the slopes for Night Slope Fever at Tussey Mountain All Season Resort in Boalsburg. The resort offers daily specials including, the opportunity to ski from 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for only $17, or get a full day pass on weekends and holidays for $41, and just $31 on weekdays. If you are new to snow sports, Tussey is the ideal place to get your ski legs. Enroll in Snowsports School to learn with a group or sign up for a private lesson.
Often considered Pennsylvania’s best kept secret, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Claysburg – about 30 miles southwest of Altoona – has the longest trails in the state. Cross-country skiers can enjoy groomed and non-groomed trails, and non-skiers can still have fun in the snow at the snow tubing park.
Fulfill the need for speed at Ski Denton Resort and Sawmill Mountain Resort. For a day of snow-swishing fun, try Ski Denton Resort in Coudersport, Potter County, offering a peak elevation of 2,400 feet, 23 skiing and snowboarding trails ranging from easy to black diamond; or Sawmill Mountain in Morris, Lycoming County, offering 13 skiing and snowboarding trails, a terrain park and snow tubing area.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort located in western Somerset County was recently selected as the top destination for terrain parks and pipes on the East Coast for the fourth consecutive year by readers of TransWorld SNOWboarding and SKI magazines. The resort features six terrain parks open to skiers and riders, with a seventh on the way! The new Riglet Park, created in partnership with Burton Snowboards, will serve as an introductory terrain park for children ages four through seven. Seven Springs has also added terrain to many existing slopes and trails, and has planted more than 100 spruce trees to keep the resort looking its best. Snowcat rides, snowmobile and snowshoe tours are all available for anyone looking to experience the snow in other unique ways.