Pursue your happiness and embrace some fresh flakes on Pennsylvania slopes this winter. At these altitudes, powder hounds can play all winter long at resorts including Seven Springs Mountain Resort, the largest ski and four-season resort in Pennsylvania; Blue Mountain Resort, boasting the highest vertical in the state; and Ski Denton’s lit snowboard park, in a beautifully rustic area known as "God's Country." What are you waiting for? Pack up your gear and gather your friends for a winter weekend adventure! For more ski deals and up-to-date snow conditions at Pennsylvania’s 20 ski resorts, visit www.skipa.com.
Laurel Mountain Ski Area - Laurel Highlands
Opening for the 1940-1941 winter season, the Laurel Mountain Ski Area was originally a prestigious club which often attracted prominent Pittsburghers like the Heinz and Mellon families. Over the years, more middle-class families became interested in resort vacations, and Laurel Mountain eventually became known as “The Ski Capital of Pennsylvania” after it opened as a public resort. In conjunction with another Laurel Highlands resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the historic Laurel Mountain Ski Area will be restored to its former glory for the 2016-2017 season. Guests will once again be able to enjoy the highest vertical drop on Pennsylvania’s Laurel Ridge at 900 feet and the 60-percent slope of the double diamond Lower Wildcat, as well as some of the ski area’s original structures like the storied Midway Cabin.
Camelback Mountain Resort - Pocono Mountains
The largest ski resort in the Pocono Mountains is Camelback – touting 34 trails, 16 lifts, two high-speed quads, a snowboard half-pipe, multiple terrain parks, a wide selection of trails for all ability levels and the largest snow tubing park in the United States, with 42 lanes. It was impressively voted the No. 1 Favorite Winter Resort by Snow East Magazine four years in a row. Thrill-seeking skiers and boarders can safely attempt aerial maneuvers on the recently added 50-foot by 50-foot Take Flight air bag. For ski-in, ski-out convenience, guests can stay at the Camelback Lodge, a luxurious resort with an indoor water park for guests to enjoy year round.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort - Laurel Highlands
Seven Springs Mountain Resort is the state’s largest ski and four-season resort. A perfect winter getaway resort, Seven Springs can accommodate more than 5,000 overnight guests in its 10-story high-rise hotel and nearly 1,200 condominiums and townhomes, eight cottages and nine chalets. One of its restaurants, Helen’s, was also awarded the 2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the fourth year in a row. Seven Springs boasts seven terrain parks and an Olympic-sized superpipe, one of only two 22 inch halfpipes on the East Coast. Its commitment to the development and growth of its Terrain Park Program has been nationally recognized for four consecutive years including the 2012-2013 selection as the No. 1 Parks and Pipe on the East Coast by the readers of TransWorld SNOWboarding. Purchase a Highlands Pass for unlimited skiing and snowboarding between Hidden Valley and Seven Springs Mountain Resorts.
Roundtop Mountain Resort - Dutch Country Roads
A short drive from tourist destinations like Hershey and Gettysburg, Roundtop Mountain Resort, formerly Ski Roundtop, is a four-season resort with plenty of snow sports to keep visitors busy. Roundtop and nearby ski resorts – Liberty and Whitetail – are under the same management, so skier discount cards and season passes are transferable among them. Every March, Roundtop attracts a crowd to its annual pond skimming contest, where skiers decked out in bikinis and other costumes try to slide the entire way across the surface of a pond on skis.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort - Lehigh Valley
Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center is a first-class facility located on more than 330 acres in scenic Lehigh County, featuring skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. A perfect choice for urban skiers from Philadelphia, Bear Creek has three separate terrain parks and more than 86 acres of skiable terrain. A slope-side hotel and spa offer après-ski warmth and relaxation. The resort also has a daycare that provides childcare services during the winter season.
Blue Knob All Seasons Resort - The Alleghenies
Often considered Pennsylvania’s best kept secret, Blue Knob is the highest skiable mountain with the most challenging slopes 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. Alpine Village at Blue Knob includes several dining options: The Black Bear Inn, for fine dining; The Clubhouse, for a low-key snack; and Mueller’s Pub in the main lodge, the perfect place to meet with friends. The resort features condominium lodging where guests have access to use the indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, tennis courts and saunas, all located in Alpine Village.
Blue Mountain Resort - Pocono Mountains
Boasting 39 trails, the highest vertical in Pennsylvania and six terrain parks, Blue Mountain Resort offers added convenience and cost savings for season pass holders. A season pass earns automatic savings for every ski, ride or play, and discounts for every purchase made at Blue Mountain to save on lift tickets, rental gear, dining and more. The mountain also has a Big Air Bag specially designed for skiers and snowboarders, allowing them to practice jumps and tricks safely before taking to the slopes.
Eagle Rock Resort - Upstate PA
Short lift lines and uncrowded skiing are the hallmarks of Eagle Rock Resort. The mountain has 14 lighted slopes ranging from beginner to expert. Boarders and skiers alike will enjoy the 1,000-foot long super half-pipe. The latest snowmaking equipment and high-powered snow guns ensure a powdered mountain and a quality skiing, snowboarding or tubing experience.
Crystal Lake Ski Center - Pennsylvania Wilds
Crystal Lake Ski Center caters to cross-country skiers, and certified Nordic instructors are available for lessons. Nestled beside Crystal Lake and just minutes from Wild Rice Lake, Crystal Lake Ski Center is the Hughesville area’s winter playground to be explored on skis, snow shoes or ice skates.
Elk Mountain - Upstate PA
Elk Mountain was one of the first commercial ski areas to open in Pennsylvania in 1959. Today, Elk has seven lifts and 27 slopes, including some of the most challenging in the region. The resort also has its own distinctive character; the resort regularly plants Norway spruce and red and white pines. Since the mid-1980s, more than 13,000 trees have been planted.
Hidden Valley Resort - Laurel Highlands
The mountain at Hidden Valley boasts on average nearly 200 inches of snow each year on 110 acres of skiable terrain in the Laurel Highlands, one of the most mountainous regions of Pennsylvania. Offering a winter getaway that will fit your budget, groups are encouraged to take advantage of discounted lift tickets between Hidden Valley and Seven Springs Mountain Resorts.
Whitetail Resort - Dutch Country Roads
Whitetail is one of the best places to learn to ski or snowboard in Pennsylvania – its programs for beginners have been recognized as the best in the country by the National Ski Areas Association. Open until 10 p.m. every night of the season, Whitetail has an uphill capacity of 15,000 skiers or snowboarders per hour, making trekking down the mountain’s 23 trails quick and easy. The resort was recently expanded to better meet the needs of guests.
Jack Frost Big Boulder - Pocono Mountains
Big Boulder was built on the site of the first commercial ski resort in Pennsylvania, and it was here that snowmaking was first used successfully in a commercial application. Eight parks make Jack Frost Big Boulder the premier destination for skiers and riders to come and test their skills. In fact, TransWorld SNOWboarding has rated the park a Top Five Terrain Park on the East Coast of Canada and the United States. Visitors can ski two mountains for the price of one when they purchase a lift ticket.
Liberty Mountain Resort - Dutch Country Roads
The four-season Liberty Mountain Resort is nestled near the scenic Catoctin Mountains on 400 beautiful acres. In winter, guests can enjoy more than 100 acres of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing trails, three terrain parks and a Children’s Learning Center. During the summer, Carroll Valley Golf offers an 18-hole championship course set at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just eight miles southwest of historic Gettysburg, the resort is conveniently located from both the Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., metro areas.
Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Laurel Highlands
Mystic Mountain is western Pennsylvania's ideal learning environment for first-time skiers, with 25 acres of short lines, friendly trails and experienced instructors. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available on seven slopes, with difficulty ranging from beginner to expert. Mystic Mountain has a 300-foot vertical drop, three lifts and is 100 percent illuminated, making night snow sports great fun. Visitors can also enjoy the terrain park – The Yeti's Lair – perfect for beginners.
Ski Sawmill Family Resort - Pennsylvania Wilds
Ski Sawmill Family Resort offers 12 slopes suited for beginners, intermediate skiers and boarders and experts. A fun place to learn to ski, families can spend the weekend at Ski Sawmill in one of four lodging options at the resort, ranging from a farmhouse to the Mountain Inn. A recent addition to the mountain is Sawmill’s Tube Slide featuring three runs, one lift and a powerful snowmaking system to ensure a smooth ride.
Shawnee Mountain - Pocono Mountains
With 125 acres for skiing, 23 trails and two terrain parks, Shawnee Mountain is an ideal spot for winter sport enthusiasts. The resort even offers the Tomahawk Express Quad lift, whisking skiers and riders to the 3,100-foot summit in three minutes. The lift has the ability to transport 2,400 people per hour, giving guests the chance to experience even more trips down the mountain. One of Shawnee’s signature events is its annual Costume Carnival Day, when anyone dressed in full costume receives a free lift ticket.
Ski Big Bear - Pocono Mountains
Eighteen trails and two terrain parks make up Ski Big Bear, while a snow tubing park makes it an ideal destination for any family with non-skiers. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for groups or individuals. Ski Big Bear also offers five lifts, including two Magic Carpet lifts, and 650 feet of vertical.
Montage Mountain - Upstate PA
Montage Mountain offers day and night skiing and a professionally staffed ski school. Snow is plentiful throughout the winter, thanks to 200 snow guns. Known as the steepest vertical drop ski resort in all of Pennsylvania, Montage is also accompanied by 25 slopes, tubing, a full service lodge and restaurants.
Tussey Mountain - The Alleghenies
Known as “a small mountain with a large heart,” Tussey Mountain offers skiing on 50 acres with eight trails and three ski and snowboard lifts. A short drive for Penn Staters in University Park, Tussey’s terrain park features boxes, rails, pipes and assorted jumps. Guests (21 and over) are invited to grab a drink at the Mountainside Bar after taking some runs and warm up by the firepit and heatlamps.