At these altitudes, powder hounds play all winter long at resorts including Seven Springs Mountain Resort, the largest ski and four-season resort in Pennsylvania; Blue Mountain with the highest vertical in the state; and Ski Denton’s lit snowboard park in a beautifully rustic area known as "God's Country." For more ski deals and up-to-date snow conditions at Pennsylvania’s 20 ski resorts, visit www.skipa.com.
Alpine Mountain Ski & Snow Tubing Center - Pocono Mountains
One of the oldest ski areas in the state, Alpine Mountain Ski & Snow Tubing Center offers 21 trails for skiing and snowboarding, as well as a snow tubing park, group facilities, a full-service cafeteria, private party room and a lounge that overlooks the mountain, with live entertainment and events every weekend.
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 has the longest trails 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 - Pocono Mountains
Boasting 39 trails, the highest vertical in Pennsylvania and six terrain parks, Blue Mountain ski resort offers added convenience and cost savings for guests with its loyalty program. Keep your Blue Mountain Passport to get automatic savings every time you ski, ride or play, and earn two percent for every purchase you make 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 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.
Camelback Mountain Resort - Pocono Mountains
The largest ski resort in the Pocono Mountains is Camelback, which offers 34 trails and 14 lifts, including 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 38 lanes. It is impressively ranked as the 11th best ski resort in North America by gogobot. Thrill seeking skiers and boarders can safely attempt aerial maneuvers on the recently added 50-foot by 50-foot Take Flight air bag. New for the 2015-2016 season is Camelback Lodge, a luxurious resort with an indoor water park for guests to enjoy year round.
Crystal Lake Ski Center - Pennsylvania Wilds
Crystal Lake Ski Center caters to cross country skiers. 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.
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 - Laurel Highlands
The mountain at Hidden Valley boasts nearly 200 inches of snow a year on 70 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 were recognized as the best in the country by the National Ski Areas Association during the 2010-2011 winter season. 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. Five 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
Liberty Mountain Resort is nestled near the scenic Catoctin Mountains on 275 beautiful acres, with more than 100 acres of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing trails. New for this season, the resort unveiled the Highland Lodge, two new restaurants and a VIP Learn to Ski program. There are also many amenities available to guests during the winter season including free wireless internet access in the main lodge and a full service daycare. 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.
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 the three resorts. 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.
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 which whisks 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.
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 a 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. 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 #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.
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 six 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 270 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 seven trails and three ski and snowboard lifts. Its terrain park features boxes, rails, pipes and assorted jumps. Guests are invited to grab a drink at the Mountainside Bar after taking some runs and warm up by the firepit and heatlamps.