12 Winter Resorts Where You Can Go Skiing Near Philly

We've got you covered on where to hit the slopes at a ski resort near Philly this winter.

About two hours away from Philadelphia, Camelback Mountain Resort is great ski resort for all your winter fun activities. / Photograph by Shinya Suzuki via Flickr.

A mountain weekend getaway is not only a great way to clear your head from the hectic workweek, but is also a way to enjoy some fresh air and heart-pumping activity. Besides being a great workout, skiing can also benefit your heart health and circulation. Plus, think of all the hot cocoa breaks.

Luckily, Philly isn’t too far from some great mountain ranges and resorts. A 45-minute to four-hour drive away and you could be hitting the slopes before you know it. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned vet, we found a resort for you. Many of them have already opened for the winter season, but make sure you check their websites for daily weather conditions and potential slope closures — while most mountains make their own snow, it’s still worth checking to see what’s open before you journey out!

Bear Creek Mountain
101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie

Distance from Philly: 90 minutes
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $43
Bear Creek Mountain, which is insanely close to Philly, is situated on more than 330 acres. Located in Berks County, Bear Creek boasts 21 trails that will keep every level of skier (or boarder) entertained. Newbies will enjoy the expanded beginner area complete with a carpet lift and triple chair lift, while pros will be challenged on “Sasquatch,” a black diamond trail with a 50-percent slope. There’s also a complimentary ski check at the base of the mountain.

Blue Knob
1424 Overland Pass, Claysburg

Distance from Philly: Four hours
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $38
In the heart of the Allegheny mountains, the Blue Knob All Seasons Resort offers 100 skiable acres, with a vertical of 1,072 feet. There are 34 runs serviced by five lifts (including two doubles, two triples, and one surface lift). If you’re more of a night owl, don’t worry: They also offer 42 acres of night skiing. Aren’t sold yet? Blue Knob has the highest skiable mountain in Pennsylvania, which makes the mini road-trip worth it.

Blue Mountain 
1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton

Distance from Philly: One hour and 45 minutes
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $60
Blue Mountain is home of Pennsylvania’s highest vertical at 1,082 feet. The Poconos mountain location also has the most varied terrain and some of the longest runs in the state. There are 39 trails and 16 lifts guaranteeing that fun is just a short ride away. Need a break before heading down the mountain? You can stop in at the Summit Lodge’s Last Run Lounge for a quick soup, salad, or appetizer.

 

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Camelback Mountain Resort
301 Resort Drive, Tannersville

Distance from Philly: Two hours
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $60
Located in the Pocono mountains, Camelback offers 39 trails — and all but one is lit for skiing at night. Additionally, there are 16 lifts, including two hi-speed detachable quad chairlifts, three triple chairlifts, five double chairlifts, four magic carpet lifts (fancy!), and two tubing magic carpet lifts. There’s also a snowboard halfpipe and terrain park as well as a wide selection of trails for all ability levels.

Jack Frost Big Boulder
434 Jack Frost Mountain Road, White Haven
and 1 South Lake Drive, Lake Harmony

Distance from Philly: Two hours
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $55
You get two for the price of one at this ski location. Jack Frost and Big Boulder, which are only five miles apart, offer guests two discount experiences on the same lift ticket. Big Boulder, a Pocono hot spot, offers 15 trails, 475-foot vertical, and 10 lifts. It also boasts a tubing park. Jack Frost, on the other hand, offers 20 trails and slopes, 600-foot vertical, and 12 lifts that mainly operate in the day.

Liberty Mountain
78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley

Distance from Philly: Three hours
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $67
If you’re still learning the slopes, this might be the place for you to perfect your newfound skillset. This resort has 91 skiable acres serviced by eight lifts, including four quads and one double chairlift, two Magic Moving Carpet lifts and a terrain park J-bar. They also specialize in beginner lessons and even offer a children’s learning center to start the little ones off early.

Montage Mountain
1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton

Distance from Philly: Two hours and 10 minutes
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $30
If you’re looking for diverse terrain, this is it. Montage has 26 trails ranging from beginner to expert. It also boasts a 1,000-foot vertical, valley views, and full mountain night skiing. They also call their premier trail, White Lightning, the “second steepest in the east” on their website.

 

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Roundtop Mountain
925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry

Distance from Philly: Two hours and 10 minutes
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $63
Roundtop has been a fixture in the local skiing community for 55 years. When they first opened, there were only four slopes, but today there are 20. There’s also a 600-foot vertical drop and nearly 600 skiable acres to be explored. This family friendly resort also offers snowboarding and snow tubing.

Shawnee Mountain
401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg

Distance from Philly: Two hours
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $55
In the Poconos Mountains lies the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, which has earned a reputation for its snowmaking and quality trail grooming. So if you’re planning a trip, don’t worry about your ski adventure getting thwarted by lack of snow or untidy trails. Here, you’ll find 23 slopes, two terrain parks, and a snow-tubing park. There is also a 700-foot vertical drop accompanied by 10 lifts that make getting around the slopes easier.

Spring Mountain
757 Spring Mount Road, Spring Mount

Distance from Philly: One hour
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $38
This resort may not be far from the city lights, but it still offers all you need for that winter ski fix. There is a 428-foot vertical drop as well as seven trails, two snow tubing runs, four lifts, and a terrain park. The best part: it takes just an hour to get to. What are you waiting for?

 

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Tussey Mountain
301 Bear Meadows Road, Boalsburg

Distance from Philly: Three hours and 20 minutes
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $48
Just a few miles away from the Penn State campus, this ski area offers programs and advanced lessons for skiers of all ages. There are 38 skiable acres, seven trails, a 500-foot vertical, and five chairlifts. You can also night ski as their slope lighting and snowmaking system covers 90-percent of their skiable terrain.

Whitetail Mountain
13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg

Distance from Philly: Three hours and 15 minutes
Lift ticket day pass starts at: $69
The National Ski Area Association (NSAA) recognized this ski area as best in the country during the 2010-2011 winter season. It offers skiing and snowboarding on 23 trails and has a 935-foot vertical drop, nine lifts, a half pipe, and two terrain parks, so, basically, there’s a lot of ground to cover.

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