Winter months transform the mountains of Pennsylvania into a snowy wonderland ideal for skiers and snowboarders. From major ski resorts to smaller, more intimate ski areas, PA ski opportunities abound. Read on to find out about ski areas around the state.
Six major ski resorts thrive here. The lines are short, the snow is deep and the trails are well groomed. Check out Blue Mountain; it has the highest vertical terrain in the state. Or, if you are looking for a good place to learn how to ski or snowboard, consider Camelback Mountain Resort’s Terrain Based Learning Program. Instructors will guide you through shaped-terrain areas that encourage you to learn and become comfortable with skills necessary to ski and snowboard before you hit the slopes. Shawnee Mountain has lessons for little ones who want to learn to ski or snowboard—and we mean little—the RIDEbaby and SKIbaby programs are for three-year olds. RIDEbaby participants can take to the WEErider Park, a terrain park for use in the program that will get young visitors comfortable on different types of terrain in no time. Take a look at the complete list of ski areas in the Pocono Mountains to choose the one that is right for you.
Pennsylvania’s largest ski resort is in the Laurel Highlands; if you’re looking for scale, don’t miss Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The resort boasts seven innovative terrains parks, a rail yard with nearly 100 features, and an Olympic-sized half pipe. There is even one just for kids.
Hidden Valley Resort, located only 13 miles from Seven Springs, is a smaller, family-friendly resort. Those who like variety in their ski trips can get a ticket that allows them unlimited skiing or snowboarding at both resorts for an entire weekend—from opening time Friday to closing time Sunday.
For a resort with all of the amenities, try Bear Creek Mountain Resort. It covers more than 330 acres and includes a hotel, spa restaurant, clothing and accessory shop, tune shop, daycare and a complimentary slope side equipment check. Visitors can also go snow tubing in its tubing park. There is no shortage of things to do and fun to be had at Bear Creek!
For a smaller, more family-oriented ski area, check out Mount Pleasant of Edinboro. Located south of Lake Erie, this ski area has only 320 feet of vertical terrain, which makes it a perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard, and teaching children and beginners is their specialty!
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