A guide to Skiing and Snowboarding in Pennsylvania

By October 22, 2018

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Winters are just a few weeks away, and it
is time for you to brace up for the skiing and snowboarding season.
Pennsylvania offers a lot of skiing and snowboarding attractions to beginners,
intermediate, and advanced skiers alike. With so many skiing and skateboarding
attractions around, your winters in Pennsylvania are bound to be filled with
adventure and good memories.

Best
Beginner Skiing Locations In Pennsylvania

Hidden Valley Resort

good skiing in the snowy mountains

Situated in Hidden Valley, PA, Hidden
Valley Resort is the perfect winter getaway for families. Hidden Valley Resort
offers 26 slopes and trails and two terrain parks spread over a wide skiable
area of 110 acres. A snow sports school and a comfortable learning environment
make it an ideal place to learn skiing or snowboarding.

The Hidden Valley Resort is ideally
situated off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and within 200 miles of Washington D.C.,
Cleveland, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.

Bear Creek

Bear Creek in the Summer

Bear Creek Ski Resort is an ideal ski
destination for beginners and is located 57 miles from Center City.

Sitting on an area of more than 330 acres
in the beautiful Lehigh Valley, the first-class Ski Resort offers facilities
like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing and provides more than 86 acres of
skiable terrain. With three different terrain parks and one for beginners, it
is a preferable skiing destination for skiers from Washington D.C., New York,
Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Bear Creek Ski Resort also has a slope-side hotel
and spa along with an onsite daycare facility.

Jack
Frost| Big Boulder

Big
Boulder: 15 trails | 9 lifts | 475 ft. vertical

Just an hour away from Philadelphia and a
couple of hours away from NYC, Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski Resort are situated
in the Pocono Mountains. Big Boulder Ski Resort has 15 trails, 9 lifts, and 475
ft. Vertical drop which makes it an ideal destination for new or learning
skiers. The present site of Big Boulder resort was built on the first
commercial ski resort site in Pennsylvania, and also the first place were
snowmaking was used in a commercial manner. Jack Frost and Big Boulder have
eight parks which make them an ideal skiing and snowboarding destination for
professional, intermediate, and beginner skiers and snowboarders alike. The
resort gives out a pretty cool out west vibe and has been rated amongst the Top
Five Terrain Parks in the United States by TransWorld Snowboarding.

Intermediate
Skiing Destinations In Pennsylvania

Laurel
Mountain Ski Resort

The Laurel Mountain Ski Resort is located
in the Laurel Mountain State Park and is a well-known and reputed skiing
destination. The Ski resort has 20 trails, 2 lifts and has a vertical drop of
761 feet which is the highest on Laurel Ridge and perfect for intermediate
skiers. Laurel Mountain is also known for its double diamond Lower Wildcat
slope which is the steepest slope in the state at an average of 60 %.  The Lower Wildcat run is a must-visit for any
skiing enthusiast intermediate or professional.

Best
Skiing Destinations For Intermediate Skiers In Pennsylvania

 Camelback Mountain Resort  

A well-known intermediate skiing
destination and the largest ski resort in the Pocono Mountains, the Camelback
Mountain Resort offers 37 trails, 16 lifts, a 1082 ft. Vertical drop, two
quads, multiple terrain parks, various trails for different skiing levels along
with the biggest snow tubing park in the country with 42 lanes. Professional
Skiers can try out the 50×50 foot Take Flight airbag for aerial tricks. The
Camelback Mountain Resort was voted as the #1 Favorite Winter Resort by the
Snow East Magazine for four years in a row. The Camelback Resort offers a
luxurious staying option for its guests at the Camelback Lodge.

Advanced
Skiing Location In Pennsylvania

Elk
Mountain Ski Resort.

The Elk Mountain Ski Resort began
operations in 1959 and was one of the first commercial ski areas in PA. Nestled
in the scenic “endless mountains” and half an hour north of Scranton the Elk
Mountain Ski Resort boats of 27 trails with few of the hardest trails in the
region, seven lifts and a 1000 ft. vertical drop. Norway spruce and red and
white pines add to the beauty of the resort.

Blue
Mountain Ski Resort

The Blue Mountain Resort celebrated its
40th anniversary in 2017 and is a popular advanced skiing location in
Pennsylvania. The resort has five different terrain parks, 39 trails for
different levels, 16 lifts along with the highest vertical drop in Pennsylvania
at 1,082 feet. Skiers and snowboarders can practice tricks and jumps at the Big
Air Bag before hitting the slopes. Season pass holders at the Blue Mountain Ski
Resort can enjoy added benefits like savings on ski and rides along with
purchase discounts on purchases of lift tickets, riding gear rentals, dining
and many more.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

An ideal skiing location for professional
skiers, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area offers 23 trails for different levels, two
terrain parks and 750. Ft vertical drop to its visitors. It is a popular
getaway for winter sports enthusiasts, and the resort has a Tomahawk Express
Quad lift which swiftly carries skiers and riders to the top at 3100 feet in
just three minutes. The lift can move about 2,400 people each hour and gives
skiers the opportunity of taking more trips downhill. Costume Carnival Day is a
unique event organized at Shawnee where anyone in a full costume is awarded a
free lift ticket.

Hidden Skiing Areas In Pennsylvania

Not sure we really wanted to cover this, for those who know about the resort might be a bit annoyed with us covering it, if it becomes over crowded. That said its that good we had to cover it. 

 Blue Knob All Seasons Resort

Skiing snow sport Blue Knob Pennsylvania

Blue Knob All Seasons Resort has the
highest skiable mountain in the state and is also known as Pennsylvania’s
best-kept secret. The resort offers the most-challenging slopes in PA along
with groomed and non-groomed trails. The resort also offers a snow tubing park
to its guests along with fine dining options at The Black Bear Inn. There’s
also The Clubhouse for a light meal and Mueller’s Pub in the main lodge to hang
out friends. Other attractions at this less-known ski resort include
condominium lodging with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, hot tubs, and
saunas.

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