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

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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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