Winter is here! Which means it is finally officially ski season. With more than two dozen mountains and resorts boasting ski-worthy lanes in the state of Pennsylvania, there are certainly plenty of places to choose from. Whether you want to make it a weekend trip, or just quickly pop over for a day, many locations are less than a two-hour drive from Center City. Bonus, many of these resorts also have snowtubing options for those of us who may have tired muscles or prefer a more slippery slide down the slopes!
With elevation from 600 feet to 1100 feet, across 21 trails, you can start out on easy beginner slopes or experts can take a crack at Sasquatch, a black diamond trail with a 50% slope.
Season runs 12/16–3/13
Cost: Lift tickets run $43-$67 depending on the day and time, season passes and rentals available.
This family-friendly resort has 15 slopes and trails, beginner through expert. High elevations mean a longer season, ranging from 1700 feet to 2,175 feet. For those who are more comfortable on a snowboard than skis, the Mountain Dew Terrain Park and halfpipe caters to these daredevil needs!
Season runs 11/25–3/27
Cost: Lift tickets run from $10 (for the little kids) to $58. Ticket/Rental/Lesson packages run from $80-$90. Season passes are available.
Blue Knob boasts the highest skiable mountain in Pennsylvania, but even for beginners there are plenty of options. More than 100 skiable acres, with a vertical of 1,072 feet. You will find 34 runs serviced by five lifts. For night skiing, 42 acres remain open.
Season runs 12/16–3/13
Cost: Tickets run $20-$62 depending on day and age. A variety of season passes are available as well.
This skiing, snowboarding, and tubing destination is a local favorite. There are 39 trails. In addition to the ski conditions, two lodges and outdoor grilling & eating areas make this a great weekend destination.
Season runs 12/14–3/23
Cost: Tickets run $45-$85 depending on age and day. Season passes, rentals, and lessons available as well.
Located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the whole family can take to the 34 trails (supported by 15 lifts). There are also two high-speed quads, a snowboard competition halfpipe, two terrain parks, and a wide selection of trails for all ability levels. Night skiing is available on all trails. An insider scoop for families with multiples: a nursery is available for children one year and older.
Season runs 12/15–3/23
Cost: Lift tickets run $37-$67. Multiple season passes are available, and lessons are offered as well.
Eagle Rock mountain is on the smaller side, with 14 slopes ranging from beginner to expert that are available for day and night skiing. Certified instructors can help your whole family get the hang of it.
Season runs 12/17–3/13
Cost: ski rates are currently updating
This smaller resort has 91 acres of skiing, perfect for families. They also offer childcare for kids 6 months to 10 years.
Season runs 12/16–3/19
Cost: Lift tickets vary by day, age, and which package you choose
With 600 acres of skiable area, Roundtop is rated on of the best places to learn to ski or snowboard.
Season runs 12/15–3/12
Cost: Lift tickets are $47-$69, or purchase an advantage card to save
Shawnee has a reputation for high quality snow. This resort offers day and night skiing, snowboarding, and a tubing park. Shawnee also has a nursery for the younger kids and offers lessons.
Season runs 12/14–3/27
Cost: Lift tickets are $35-$60 depending on day and amount of time on the slopes.