Thanks to frigid cold weather in early November, two ski resorts in the Pocono Mountains are scheduled to open for the season earlier than ever before.

Crews have been putting snowmaking into overdrive to get the trails ready for the 2019-2020 season across the Pocono Mountains. While Camelback Mountain, Ski Big Bear and Shawnee Mountain fired up their snow guns this week, Big Boulder and Blue Mountain Resort are set to open Friday and Saturday respectively.

Big Boulder announced it will have $30 lift tickets for opening weekend. Blue Mountain will feature $40 lift tickets, $25 night tickets and touts this as its earliest opening in the resort’s 42 years! Meanwhile, Camelback will be holding "Ullr Fest" complete with a ceremonial bonfire and burning wooden skis as a sacrifice for a snowy winter this weekend. Camelback and Shawnee are projected to open Thanksgiving weekend on November 29. Ski Big Bear also started making snow this week and plans to open for the season December 14 weather permitting. Jack Frost Mountain is also planning to open December 14.

B-roll of snowmaking at Blue Mountain Resort is available at your request. Please email for access to content.

For the most up-to-date information on opening dates and snow conditions, visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau’s Snow Conditions page.

  • Big Boulder – November 15, 2019
  • Blue Mountain Resort – November 16, 2019
  • Camelback Mountain – November 29, 2019 (projected)
  • Shawnee Mountain Ski Area – November 23 & 24, 2019 (projected)
  • Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain – December 14, 2019 (projected)
  • Jack Frost – December 14, 2019 (projected)

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at or by phone at (570) 421-5791. Follow @PoconoTourismPR on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit membership organization. The PMVB is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon in Northeastern Pennsylvania.