By Penny Fox
Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. Taking the family on a ski vacation is an excellent option in Pennsylvania. From the magnificent Poconos to the Endless Mountains, skiing and snowboarding opportunities abound in the Keystone State. Whether you’re looking to cruise down a double black diamond or you’re sticking to the snow tubing park, there’s something for the whole family at these 10 ski destinations in Pennsylvania.
If you’re looking for a great destination for some fun family time away from home, Spring Mountain Adventures is the place to check. Open year round, it’s especially fun in the winter when you and your family can experience skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sit around in the great outdoors, or enjoy some hot cocoa in the warm indoors. Located in Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, this place is perfect for first-timers because it’s a great place to learn. If you’re not sure you’ll like snow sports, don’t spend money buying expensive equipment and clothes. Bring your warm clothes from home and rent the equipment you need at the resort. You can sign up for lessons, too. Fourth graders can sign up for a free season pass that includes a lesson, rentals, and a half-price lift ticket.
With over 330 acres to explore in the beautiful Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a great family destination. Build great memories with your family while you enjoy some serious winter fun. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, spa treatments, great dining and hotel choices, and special events. You don’t need a special reason, but your visit will be special for you and your family.
The beautiful Pocono Mountains are the backdrop for the Blue Mountain Ski Area, located in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. For over 40 years, Blue Mountain has been offering family vacation fun and frolicking in the winter. With 23 trails and five lifts that take you to the top of the mountain for skiing and 10 snowboarding lanes that are open on a daily basis, fun is definitely on the agenda. Because safety is important, Blue Mountain also has a Learning Center that offers ski and snowboarding lessons for all ages. There’s no reason not to come!
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between the two locations, Jack Frost and Big Boulder is one park that’s a great family destination for wintertime fun. The snow conditions are looking good, and don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something. JFBB has three retail shops that have apparel, helmets, and much more. You can even plan to dine while on the mountain at several great places that will satisfy anyone’s appetite.
Voted the top place to learn to ski in the U.S., Camelback Mountain Resort is also the biggest snow tubing park in the country. Located in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, the resort is open for fun for all ages. Season passes are available, and there are free surprises if you book before the end of March. There are daily activities and special events planned throughout the year, and there’s no better place to spend time making memories with your family.
Located in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, Roundtop Mountain Resort is open for business and great family fun every day during the winter except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Ski and snowboarding lessons, including beginner classes are available on a daily basis, and there’s even a ski and board camp for kids aged four to 12. Trails are marked for easy understanding, and there are guest services, food, and other amenities on site, too.
Family fun and togetherness is the name of the game this winter at Montage Mountain near Scranton, Pennsylvania. Skiers and riders of all shapes and sizes will be on the slopes and down the lanes for a day of frosty fun. Airboarding is a new sport that’s been added to the list of fun things to do for those who aren’t sure about standing on the snow. Montage Mountain has 26 trails of the most spectacular views for beginners and experts, and if you’ve never gone night skiing and want to try it, you’re in for a special treat.
Endless fun is found on the Endless Mountains, of which Elk Mountain is part. Located in Union Dale, Pennsylvania, there isn’t a friendlier place to enjoy winter sports with your family. One of the many places throughout the state where you can ski, Elk Mountain was one of the first to offer it in the late 1950s. Now there’s a ski school, a maintenance facility, 27 slopes and trails, and the ability to help Mother Nature a little when there’s not quite enough snow on the ground. There are many choices for places to stay and eat in the local area so there’s no shortage of fun and food.
Located in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, Tussey Mountain was opened in the 1960s for public use, and has changed a bit over the years. Now with 50 acres of skiing and snowboarding slopes, Tussey Mountain is one of the most fun places to go for winter sport activities. Open every day except major holidays from December to mid-March, Tussey Mountain has seven trails for skill levels from beginner to advanced and offers night skiing for those interested.
Family-friendly Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, is a great place to learn your favorite winter sport. With the help of knowledgeable instructors, this four-season resort is the perfect family getaway. If you’re just introducing skiing and snowboarding to your young ones, you can start them off right with one of the educational programs offered at Whitetail Resort. There’s a mountain camp for kids aged four through 12, a “Ski with Me” lesson that allows parent and child to learn together, and private lessons available.
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