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 offer 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.
1. Blue Mountain Ski Resort
Blue Mountain Resort is home to 40 ski trails, five terrain parks, 16 lifts, and up to 46 snow tubing lanes (the largest snowtubing park in the US). Take one of three lifts, including a brand new carpet lift, to venture up and conquer the state's highest vertical drop, 1,082 thrilling feet of downhill. A 2,500 foot new trail offers seven acres of black diamond skiing and will be open this year with fully automated snowmaking capabilities and LED lighting. No need to pack a lunch because the resort has plenty of dining options to choose from. Sit down with your fellow ski bunnies and enjoy an unmatched dining experience at the Slopeside Pub & Grill or pick one of three on-site food trucks offering your comfort food favorites from gourmet grilled cheese, mac and cheese, soup, and tacos.
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. Family & Friends Beginner Lessons now keep the group together, regardless of whether members want to ski or snowboard. Camelback is also home to one of the biggest snow tubing parks in the USA with 42 lightning-fast lanes, two magic carpets, and Galactic Snowtubing after dark. The resort recently added the new Big Pocono Food Hall to their list of unique on-mountain dining options offering a collection of various grab-and-go meals from rice and salad bowls to burgers and fried chicken.
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. The new Greenhouse Café at Hope Lodge offers a selection of premier coffees, craft teas & sodas, smoothies, and pastries for lodge guests when they’re not hitting the slopes.
4. Jack Frost Big Boulder
With 20 pristine trails, Jack Frost Big Boulder provides a variety of inviting terrain. Eight trails make this premier destination for skiers and snowboarders 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! The new Epic Mix app allows guests to plan their day with in-depth resort information, helping guests find their way around with interactive trail maps.
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. The new Director of Snow Sports, Mark Absalom, brings 40+ years of experience and expertise in the industry to Big Bear. Their 18 trails, seven lifts, and terrain park provide great family winter recreation for all skill levels.