Snow sports are a great way to get outdoors with the whole family in the winter, and you don’t need to drop a bundle flying out west to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Pennsylvania is home to 21 great ski resorts from the Poconos to the Alleghenies, perfect for a day trip or a weeklong family ski vacation.
Best of all, with great deals, programs to help first timers learn to ski, and free skiing for 4th and 5th graders, PA skiing can be as affordable as it is fun. Read on to find out about all the ski and snowboard offers at Pennsylvania resorts perfect for any age or ability, and with great amenities and activities off the slopes too.
First Time Skiers and Snowboarders Deal
Ready to teach your kids to ski for the first time, or try snowboarding yourself? Novice snow bunnies can purchase a First Time Package for just $59 which includes a beginner lift ticket, a group skiing or snowboarding lesson, and equipment rentals - everything you or your kiddo needs to get started on the slopes. Each household can purchase up to five for use during the 2018/2019 season. Check the program's website to see participating resorts and any age restrictions or blackout dates.
Kids Ski Free
Have a 4th or 5th grader? Then definitely take advantage of the 4th and 5th Grader Snowpass. Kids in these grades are the perfect age to learn skiing and snowboarding, and the Snowpass gets them 3 complimentary lift tickets to each of the 21 PA ski resorts. That’s 64 days of free skiing or snowboarding during the 2018/2019 season! The Snowpass must be used with a full priced adult lift ticket, includes a free learn to ski/snowboard lesson, and equipment rental. Even parents can get in on the fun with a 50% discount on one adult learn to ski package too. So if you’ve got a 4th or 5th grader and have been thinking about hitting the slopes, this great deal should seal the deal!
More Great Ski Deals
You don’t have to be a first timer or a 5th grader to save. There are January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month deals, Bring A Friend Challenge offers, and more. Most Pennsylvania ski resorts offer free lift tickets for kids under 5 with a paying adult, discounted lift tickets for children 12 and under, mid-week ski deals, and more. Find out about these family friendly ski deals and other family friendly amenities, like which resorts have childcare on the Ski PA families page.
Fun On and Off the Slopes
Whether you stay for a day or a week, there are plenty of après ski events and activities to round out your snowy adventure, from winter festivals and LED light shows to dining and shopping. Many resorts also have amazing tubing runs and even summer fun like ziplining and waterparks. There’s so much more than just skiing.
Plan Your Ski Trip
Not sure where to start? The Ski PA Trip Guide lists each resort by region with an overview of the amenities offered so you can find the perfect spot for a day trip or your family ski vacation. You can even see photos of the slopes and condition reports to help you pick the perfect spot.
You’ll find Pennsylvania ski resorts within an hour of Philadelphia and two hours from New York City. And with all these great deals and tons of great snowmaking, there’s no reason not to visit SkiPA.com to start planning your next family ski trip right now.
All photos courtesy of SkiPA.com