Forget the small, manmade hill in your backyard and bundle up the kids for a mountainously good time! Whether it’s gear rentals or options to avoid large crowds, the Pocono Mountains offers the ultimate snow day adventure – from the most cautious skier to the adrenaline-seeking family. Hit the slopes at one of the region’s resorts or adventure all five in one day.
Enjoy your excursions with heightened peace of mind because each resort has partnered with the National Ski Areas Association’s Ski Well Be Well program, an initiative that has put forth best practices for low-risk recreation.
Know before you go: We recommend contacting your destination before your visit for their latest rules and regulations. Find up-to-date COVID-19 traveler resources on the visitPA website.
1. Blue Mountain Ski Resort
Blue Mountain Resort is home to 40 ski trails, five terrain parks, 16 lifts, and up to 34 snow tubing lanes. The mountain boasts the state's highest vertical drop, 1,082 thrilling feet of downhill. No need to pack a lunch because the resort’s Slopeside Pub & Grill, a full-service mountaintop restaurant, currently offers guests delicious takeout options.
2. Camelback Resort
Featuring 39 trails, 16 lifts, 100% snowmaking, and all trails illuminated for night skiing and riding, Camelback Resort is a mecca of winter fun. The resort’s expansive beginner terrain and award-winning instructional programs will have the little ones schussing down the mountain in no time. Camelback is also home to the biggest snow tubing park in the USA with 42 lightning-fast lanes, two magic carpets, and Galactic Snowtubing after dark. Unique on-mountain dining options feature both outdoor dining and takeout options.
3. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
A family-friendly ski area, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area offers excellent children's programs, complete beginners' packages, and some great terrain for the advanced skier and rider. Services and hospitality are top priorities with 125 acres for skiing, 23 trails, and two terrain parks, making Shawnee Mountain a favorite for family and beginning skiers.
4. Jack Frost Big Boulder
With 20 pristine trails, Jack Frost Big Boulder provides a variety of inviting terrain. Eight parks make this premier destination for skiers and snow boarders of all levels to come and test their skills on the beginner to black diamond hills. In fact, TransWorld SNOWboarding consistently rates the park a Top Five Terrain Park on the East Coast of Canada and the United States!
5. Ski Big Bear
Specializing in private beginner lessons, Ski Big Bear is open for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing with 100% snowmaking. You can even sign the family up for a group ski or snowboard lesson. Their 18 trails, seven lifts, and terrain park provide great family winter recreation for all skill levels. Rental equipment is available in the on-site shop.