Top 10 Places to Ski Near Philly

Grab a friend (or two or three) and hit the slopes for a day of fun (and a killer workout, too!)

Heading to the mountains isn’t only a great way to take a break from a hectic workweek, but it’s also a great way to finally burn some serious calories. Depending on weight, the average individual burns roughly 365-545 calories per hour of downhill skiing (lift time and cocoa breaks don’t count). Which means a few hours on the weekend can help counteract all of that after-work couch time you’ve been clocking thanks to Philly’s frigid winter temps. And lucky you, there are 10 great resorts all within a 45-minute to 2-hour drive. Call ahead for all the updates on trail and snow conditions!

Sno Mountain Ski Resort: 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, 570-969-7669
Distance from Philly: About 123 miles
Sno Mountain offers 26 Trails, six lifts, and 10 tubing chutes. Beginners can take lessons at the onsite ski and snowboarding school, and Sno Moutain also offers NASTAR racing and unique race teams and leagues. There are many special events offered, including college night, family night, teacher appreciation weekend and boarding for Breast Cancer sponsored by The Ski Corner and more.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area: Hollow Road & Hidden Lake Road, East Stroudsburg, 570-421-7231
Distance from Philly: About 110 miles
Located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Shawnee Mountain has a vertical drop of 700 feet, 23 slopes and trails, two terrain parks, and a snowtubing park. The longest trail is just under a mile and offers day and night skiing with full snowmaking coverage.

Alpine Mountain: 780 Creek Road, East Stroudsburg, 570-595-2150
Distance from Philly: About 107 miles
Also in the Poconos, Alpine Mountain boasts 120 skiable acres. There are 21 runs serviced by five lifts including two quads, one double, and two surface chairlifts. They offer daily lessons, including a “Just for Kids” program for instruction on skiing and snowboarding.

Camelback Mountain Resort: One Camelback Road, Tannersville, 570-629-5900
Distance from Philly: About 101 miles
Also located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Camelback Ski Area has 34 trails on 160 skiable acres, an 800-foot vertical drop, and 15 lifts, including two high-speed quads, three triples, seven doubles, a surface lift at SunKid, and two tubing lifts. There’s also a snowboard halfpipe, two terrain parks, and a wide selection of trails for all ability levels. Snowmaking and night skiing is offered on all trails.

Big Boulder: 1 South Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, 570-443-8425
Distance from Philly: About 101 miles
Big Boulder, Jack’s Frost’s companion mountain, is another Pocono hot spot. You’ll find 15 slopes and trails, beginner through expert, a 475-foot vertical, 55 acres of skiable terrain, and nine lifts. Snowboarders will enjoy the Mountain Dew Terrain Park and halfpipe, and non-slopers will love the 12 tubing chutes.

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