Getting ready for a skiing or snowboarding trip to the Pocono Mountains? Just a two-hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia, the Poconos is ideal for coasting down the snowy slopes, whether you’re looking for first-time ski lessons or four diamond runs to conquer.

Our region has been a paradise for snow sports enthusiasts for decades. Pennsylvania’s first commercial ski resort, Big Boulder Ski Area, opened in the Pocono Mountains in 1946 and became a pioneer in snowmaking techniques. Today, there are six amazing mountains to choose from, including the state’s highest vertical and the two largest snow tubing parks in the country. Take a look at our live webcams and snow report to see what's happening on the mountains right now and check out our breakdown of Poconos ski areas below. Find the slopes that are just right for you and your group - plus ideas of where to eat and drink when you're ready for some apres ski fun!

Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort

Palmerton’s Blue Mountain Resort is sure to please everyone in the group: first timers have 14 beginner trails to choose from, snowboarders have five terrain parks to explore, and the brave can take on Razor's Edge, Pennsylvania’s highest vertical, coming in at 1,082 feet. Blue Mountain is now home to one of the country’s largest snowmaking systems with top-of-the-line, fully automated technology for efficient snowmaking and improved snow quality. Book a group lesson with family or friends: whether you want to try snowboarding or skiing, everyone can learn the ropes from dedicated and experienced instructors. With 46 lanes, Blue Mountain's snow tubing park is the largest in the country and a must-try. Check out the after-dark Sonic Tubing with music and disco lighting. When it’s time to take a break, enjoy outdoor dining areas with atmospheric string lights and fireplaces, plus on-site food trucks.

Have an Ikon Pass? Both Blue Mountain and Camelback Mountain in the Poconos joined Ikon Pass for winter 2023-2024: check your pass for more details.

Nearby Places to Eat & Drink

Ready to eat after your day in the crisp winter air? Blue Mountain's Slopeside Pub & Grill is located right next to the runs, but you can also venture a bit further afield to sample delicious eateries in nearby Lehighton like Bonnie & Clyde Pub and Grill and The Gorge Eatery. After conquering the ski trails, kick back on a different type of trail: the Pocono Beverage Trail! Download the free digital pass to guide you through the region's wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Not far from Blue Mountain, raise a glass to a great day at Wine & More on 1st or Radical Wine Company.


Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain

Celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, Camelback Mountain in Tannersville is the largest ski resort in the Poconos with 39 trails and 166 acres of slope space. Excellent snow making and grooming across Camelback's 800-ft vertical rise ensure a smooth trip down the beautiful trails. The "Black Bear 6" enclosed, high-speed, six-person lift will take you to the top of the mountain more quickly and comfortably than ever. The Learning Center at Mountain Village offers private and group lessons to get beginners comfortable navigating the mountain. After dark galactic snow tubing is an experience you won't forget, and Camelback's 42 lanes make it the second largest snow tubing park in the USA. When you book an overnight stay at adjacent Camelback Lodge, you can go from the slopes to the slides and splash the evening away at the incredible Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark.

For Ikon Pass members, don't forget: both Camelback Mountain and Blue Mountain in the Poconos joined Ikon Pass for winter 2023-2024. Consult your pass for more details!

Nearby Places to Eat & Drink

Two restaurants at Camelback Lodge, Berrelli's Italian Chophouse and Hemispheres, serve up hearty meals, and just down the road in Tannersville are even more options. From classic sundaes at Friendly's to Indian dishes at Tandoor Palace to Hibachi and fresh sushi at desaki, you'll find something for everyone! Make another stop along the Pocono Beverage Trail at Barley Creek Brewing Company, located at the base of the mountain, which has a full menu of apps, soups, salads, burgers, mac and cheese, and more plus hand-crafted beers and spirits. Stop by the Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub at the Pocono Premium Outlets for even more bites and brews.


Jack Frost Mountain and Big Boulder Ski Area

Jack Frost Mountain

Jack Frost Mountain in White Haven is located just a few peaks away from its sister resort, Big Boulder Ski Area, and one lift ticket grants you full access to both resorts. Just two hours away from Manhattan, Jack Frost's 12 lifts and 20 inviting trails offer a great variety for skiers and snowboarders. Sign up for beginner adult or child lessons at the Ski School, with advanced lessons also available for those looking to hone their skills. Start your morning on the mountain; the slopes at Jack Frost open at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. The Epic Mix app makes it easy for guests to plan their day, consult interactive trail maps, and receive up-to-the-minute resort notifications.

Big Boulder Ski Area

Offering one of the best park systems on the East Coast, Big Boulder Ski Area in Lake Harmony is the place to be for boarders, Terrain parks and features cover the mountainside, occupying half of the slope space. Practice your tricks on ramps, jumps, hits, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half and quarter pipes and more. Enjoy five new lifts with fixed-grip, four-person chairs which greatly increase uphill capacity and access to multiple slopes. Big Boulder is open until 8 p.m. seven days a week, perfect for night skiing or snowboarding. Over at the updated bubly snowtubing park, families can enjoy sliding downhill then hopping on the conveyor carpet and towrope lift to get back up the mountain.

Nearby Places to Eat & Drink

Follow the winding road along the shores of Lake Harmony to discover lots of places to eat at the foot of Jack Frost and Big Boulder. Split Rock Resort is home to the Lake View Tavern, while Split Rock Golf Club's Sunset Green Restaurant & Bar is open Thursdays through Sundays in the winter. Shenanigans, Nick's Lake House, Louie's Prime Steakhouse, and Boulder View Tavern are also located just a short drive away from the slopes.


Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

A great winter outing is waiting for skiers and snowboarders at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area in East Stroudsburg this season. Snowmaking upgrades have been underway both on the main slopes and at the snow tubing park. Hop on one of 12 lifts, including a high-speed quad, to access 23 trails, two terrain parks, and 125 skiable acres. From adult lessons and learn to ski packages to children's programs like "Skiwee" and "Mountain Cruisers," Shawnee Mountain is a great place to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time. The new Mini Snowboard Camp offers a four-session snowboard camp for children ages 7-16, while the new Mini Monster Mountain features a children’s play area with activities and equipment to encourage snow play.

Have an Indy Pass? Both Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain in the Poconos are partner resorts! Consult your pass for more details.

Nearby Places to Eat & Drink

Less than ten minutes' drive from Shawnee Mountain, The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort along the Delaware River is home to delicious restaurants like The Gem and Keystone Tavern and The River Room plus another stop along the Pocono Beverage Trail, ShawneeCraft Brewing Company, which has 16 handmade beers and hard seltzers on tap. For cocktails and spirits, head to the tasting room at Silverback Distillery to sample their unique smoked drinks. Try Ecuadorian dishes at Bluefoot Cuisine or homestyle Mexican and Spanish food Los Tres Amigos in East Stroudsburg. Nearby Delaware Water Gap and Stroudsburg are full of even more great options.


Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

Situated in the Upper Delaware River Region, not far from the New York-Pennsylvania border, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain in Lackawaxen is the northernmost ski area in the Poconos. You won't have far to go from your car to your first run: the Mountaintop Village base lodge is located at the peak of the mountain. Grab your rentals and start cruising down the slopes as soon as you arrive! Ski Big Bear is fantastic for families and first-timers, with private and group lessons available. Friendly and knowledgeable instructors will take you through all the basics, from putting on your equipment to boarding the chair lift for the first time. Before you know it, you'll be sailing over the snow. Increased rentals and snowmaking capabilities make Ski Big Bear better than ever this year, plus the resort has joined Indy Pass for the 23/24 season.

The physical and cloud-based Indy Pass gives participants two free lift tickets and a third discounted day at each partner resort. Shawnee Mountain in the Poconos also participates in Indy Pass: check your pass for more details.

Nearby Places to Eat & Drink

After your day at Ski Big Bear, drive into the small towns of Hawley and Honesdale to refuel and warm up! Closer to the slopes, you'll find is the family-favorite Woodloch Resort, where both overnight and day guests can enjoy meals at The Inn at Woodloch. Call ahead to confirm hours and make reservations at The Overlook Restaurant and The Grille Room at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs or TREE Restaurant and Bar at The Lodge at Woodloch. Earn more points along the Pocono Beverage Trail and savor delicious wines when you stop by nearby Three Hammers Winery.


Places to Eat and Drink Near Pocono Ski Resorts

Places to Eat and Drink Near Pocono Ski Resorts

 


Be sure to take a look at our snow conditions page to find live powder updates and live webcam streams before you arrive. Book your lift tickets, rentals, and ski lessons online ahead of time and take advantage of special seasonal ski savings. There's so much winter fun to experience in the area, you'll want to find a place to stay to enjoy your ski getaway to the max. See you on the slopes!

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