14 Winter Resorts Where You Can Go Skiing Near Philly

Here's where you can hit the slopes near Philly this winter.


Our list of where you can go skiing near Philadelphia, including Knob All Seasons Resort. / Photograph courtesy of Pennsylvania State Parks via Flickr.

A mountain weekend getaway is not only a great way to clear your head, but is also a way to enjoy some fresh air and heart-pumping activity outdoors. Besides being a great workout, skiing can also benefit your heart health and circulation. Plus, think of 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. 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 Resort
101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie

Distance from Philly: 1 hour and 20 minutes
What to expect: Located in Berks County, Bear Creek boasts 23 slopes, trails and parks that will keep every level of skier (or boarder) entertained. Newbies will enjoy the 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. Though the slopes at Bear Creek are currently closed for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, the team is hard at work making snow to resume operations. Check their website for re-opening updates.

Blue Knob
1424 Overland Pass, Claysburg

Distance from Philly: 4 hours
What to expect: In the heart of the Allegheny mountains, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort offers 100 skiable acres and 34 trails with a vertical drop of 1,072 feet. Plus, they claim to have the highest skiable mountain in Pennsylvania, which makes the mini road-trip worth it.

Blue Mountain Resort 
1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton

Distance from Philly: 1 hour and 40 minutes
What to expect: The Poconos’ Blue Mountain Resort is home to a 1,082-foot vertical, super varied terrain and some of the longest runs in the state. They’ve just recently opened their 40th trail, which features seven acres of black diamond skiing and snowboarding, LED lighting and automated snowmaking.

 

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Camelback Mountain Resort
301 Resort Drive, Tannersville

Distance from Philly: 2 hours
What to expect: Located in the Pocono mountains, Camelback offers 39 trails and 15 lifts, including two hi-speed detachable quad chairlifts, three triple chairlifts, three double chairlifts, four magic carpet lifts and two tubing magic carpet lifts. There’s also a full-service adaptive skiing and snowboarding program available for folks living with a disability, ages five and up.

Elk Mountain
344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale

Distance from Philly: 2 hours and 30 minutes
What to expect: Elk Mountain’s history dates back to 1959, when it became one of Pennsylvania’s first commercial ski areas. With 180 skiable acres and 27 trails, skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will find a fit for them here.

Jack Frost Big Boulder
434 Jack Frost Mountain Road, White Haven
and 357 Big Boulder Drive, Lake Harmony

Distance from Philly: 2 hours
What to expect: 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 offers 15 trails, 475-foot vertical, and 10 lifts, while Jack Frost boasts 20 trails (including two terrain parks), 600-foot vertical, and 12 lifts.

 

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Liberty Mountain
78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley

Distance from Philly: 2 hours and 40 minutes
What to expect: If you’re still learning the slopes, this might be the place for you to perfect your newfound skillset. This resort has 100 skiable acres and 16 trails serviced by eight lifts. Liberty Mountain’s slopes are currently closed due to unsuitable weather, but is hoping to re-open soon so you can visit this season. Check their website for updates.

Montage Mountain
1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton

Distance from Philly: 2 hours and 15 minutes
What to expect: If you’re looking for diverse terrain, this is it. Montage has 27 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.

Roundtop Mountain
925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry

Distance from Philly: 2 hours and 10 minutes
What to expect: Roundtop has been a fixture in the local skiing community for nearly 60 years. When they first opened, there were only four slopes, but today there are 21. 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. The slopes at Roundtop Mountain are currently closed due to weather. Check their website for re-opening updates.

 

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Seven Springs Mountain Resort
777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion

Distance from Philly: 4 hours and 10 minutes
What to expect: The farthest resort of the bunch from Philly, Seven Springs will give you the ultimate away-from-home skiing/snowboarding experience. The resort features 285 acres of skiable terrain, 33 slopes and trails, seven terrain parks, 10 lifts, a half pipe and a super pipe.

Shawnee Mountain
401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg

Distance from Philly: 2 hours
What to expect: In the Poconos Mountains lies the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, which has earned a reputation for its snowmaking and quality trail grooming. 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.

 

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Spring Mountain
757 Spring Mount Road, Spring Mount

Distance from Philly: 1 hour
What to expect: This resort may not be too 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, four chair lifts, and a terrain park. They even offer a multi-week lesson program for kids so the adults can enjoy discounted fare at their on-site pub while the little ones ski or board with a trained instructor.

Tussey Mountain
301 Bear Meadows Road, Boalsburg

Distance from Philly: 3 hours and 20 minutes
What to expect: Just a few miles away from Penn State’s main 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. They have been making snow all week, and plan to re-open on Thursday, January 6th.

Whitetail Resort
13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg

Distance from Philly: 3 hours and 10 minutes
What to expect: Whitetail Resort 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. Their slopes are currently closed (with plans to re-open!), so check their website for updates.

This post has been updated in January 2022 with additional reporting by Laura Brzyski and Gina Tomaine.