9 Spots For Awesome Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing Near Philadelphia

All within a two-hour drive of Philly.

Camelback Mountain Resort is a little under a two-hour drive from Philly. Photograph by Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Okay, it’s official: We’re getting some serious winter feels. Like, not wanting to get out from under the blankets in the morning, type of feels. While waking up proves to be a feat nearly every morning, this weather has a major perk: It’s prime time for winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Plus, it’s a great way for you to get a serious workout — outdoors — during winter.

Around Philadelphia, getting in on the winter sport action is easier than you would think. We rounded up nine skiing and snowboarding spots all within a two-hour drive from the city that offer prime conditions for propelling down powder-y mountains. Pro-tip: Check their websites for trail and snow condition updates before you make the journey!

Bear Creek Mountain

Where: 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, 1-866-754-2822
Distance from Philly: An hour and 20-minute drive
What: Located on more than 330 acres in the Lehigh Valley, Bear Creek Mountain boasts 23 trails that will keep every level of skier or boarder entertained on the 86 skiable acres. Newbies will enjoy the expanded beginner area complete with a carpet lift and triple chair and pros will be challenged on “Sasquatch,” a black diamond trail with a 50-percent slope. Check here for pricing.

Big Boulder 

Where: 357 Big Boulder Drive, Lake Harmony, 570-443-8425
Distance from Philly: An hour and 45-minute drive
What: Big Boulder, Jack’s Frost’s companion mountain, is another Pocono hot spot. You’ll find 16 slopes and trails, beginner through expert, a 475-foot vertical, 55 acres of skiable terrain, and eight lifts. Snowboarders will enjoy the Terrain Park and halfpipe — the most progressive and innovative terrain park in the Poconos — and non-slopers will love the 12 tubing chutes. Big Boulder is home to a serious nightlife scene, with some additional daytime hours. Check here for pricing.

Blue Mountain 

Where: 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton, 610-826-7700
Distance from Philly: An hour and 40-minute drive
What: Blue Mountain is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, housing the greatest vertical in the state at 1,087 feet. It has 39 slopes, five terrain parks, with all terrain lighted for night skiing. Trails are serviced by 16 lifts, including a high-speed detachable six-seater and quad lifts. Hone your skills in one of the Learning Center, serviced by a triple chair. Or, snowtube on 39 lanes and three tow lifts. Check here for pricing.

Camelback Mountain Resort 

Where: 301 Resort Drive, Tannersville, 570-629-1661
Distance from Philly: Just under a two-hour drive
What: Located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Camelback Ski Area has 37 trails on 162 skiable acres, an 800-foot vertical drop, and 16 lifts, including two high-speed quads, three triples, five doubles, 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 (with lighting!) is offered on all trails. Check here for pricing.

Jack Frost

Where: 434 Jack Frost Mountain Road, White Haven, 570-443-8425
Distance from Philly: About an hour and 45-minute drive
What: This Pocono ski resort is the companion mountain of nearby Big Boulder. It has 20 trails and a terrain park, beginner through expert, 100 skiable acres, a 600-foot vertical, and 12 chairlifts. Snow tubing also is available, with eight chutes (singles and doubles) and four lifts. Check here for pricing.

Montage Mountain Ski Resort

Where: 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, 570-969-7669
Distance from Philly: About a two-hour drive
What: Montage Mountain offers 26 trails, spanning 140 acres, and seven lifts. Beginners — kids and adults — can take lessons at the onsite ski and snowboarding school, and Montage Mountain also offers racing and unique race teams and leagues. There are many special events offered, including college night, a cardboard box sled derby, open ski/snowboarding days, live entertainment, and more. Check here for pricing.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area 

Where: 401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg, 570-421-7231
Distance from Philly: Just under a two-hour drive
What: 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 shy of a mile and offers day and night skiing with full snowmaking coverage. Check here for pricing.

Ski Roundtop 

Where: 925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry, 717-432-9631
Distance from Philly: Just over a two-hour drive
What: You’ll find a 600-foot vertical drop, nine lifts, and 21 trails, as well as snowtubing. NASTAR racing, two terrain parks, and skiing/snowboarding lessons are also available. Roundtop also features a sports shop where you can score all of your skiing, snowboarding and tubing equipment. Check here for pricing.

Spring Mountain Ski Area 

Where: 757 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville, 610-287-7900
Distance from Philly: Under an hour’s drive
What: Spring Mountain has been a favorite of skiing families since 1963. Skiers and boarders alike will love the terrain park, half-pipe, and eight trails, one of which boasts a vertical of 420 feet. Perfect your skill at the Ski and Snowboard School, or try out one of the two tubing runs. Check here for pricing.

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