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Hit the Slopes in NEPA

The slopes are calling!

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, we take winter fun seriously.

And there’s no better way to enjoy the cold than by carving your way down a mountainside. Whether you make your way down on skis, a snowboard or even a tube, our renowned slopes deliver some of the finest winter recreation in the country.

You don’t need to be an experienced skier to get out there on the powder. And you don’t have to drop a week’s pay just to bring your family to the mountain for a snowy evening. Many regional ski resorts offer daily discounts on everything from lift passes to ski and snowboard rentals. And if you’re not sure you have the skills to shred from top to bottom, many slopes offer lessons with trained professionals.

You’ll find all of the ingredients for a perfect winter day on the mountain. From fresh snow to comfy, slope side restaurants, NEPA’s ski resorts make it easy to get the most out of winter.

Don’t let the cold keep you inside. Get out there and hit the slopes.

Ski, Snowboard and Snow Tube:

  • Montage Mountain Ski Resort

    Enjoy 26 meticulously-groomed slopes and the longest snow tubing lanes in the state. They also offer night skiing, airboarding, terrain parks and 7 lifts.

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  • Big Boulder Ski Resort

    Pennsylvania’s first commercial ski resort features a 475-foot vertical rise, 15 daring trails, 5 terrain parks and snow tubing lanes. And getting back to the top couldn’t be any easier with 10 lifts.

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  • Blue Mountain Resort

    Featuring the highest vertical rise from base to summit (1,087 feet), this Pocono favorite hosts 39 unique trails, 5 terrain parks and 16 lifts. There are also 39 snow tubing lanes and 3 tube lifts.

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  • Jack Frost Ski Resort

    Challenge yourself on one of 8 daring, Black Diamond slopes. This popular winter destination offers 20 perfectly-maintained trails, 2 terrain parks and a snow tubing park with its own Magic Carpet Lift.

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  • Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

    Master all 23 individual slopes at this idyllic Pocono resort. There are also 2 terrain parks and a snow tubing park. And when the fun on the mountain ends, it’s just beginning at any one of 5 dining options.

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  • Ski Big Bear

    It’s a 650-foot vertical drop from the top of the mountain to the serene Delaware River Valley below. And you can enjoy every foot of that drop on 18 trails, ranging from green to double black diamond.

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  • Elk Mountain

    This popular Endless Mountains ski resort boasts a 925-foot vertical drop and 27 trails including 11 black diamond runs. There are also 2 terrain parks for the freestylers and plenty of professional instructors on hand for the beginners.

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  • Camelback Mountain

    With 37 unique trails, 16 lifts, lighted trails for night skiing, and the largest snow tubing park in the country, it’s easy to see why this Pocono gem is continually voted PA’s #1 Ski Resort.

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NEPA Winters Welcome a Special Brand of Peace and Quiet

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And just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

While NEPA is quite popular for its amazing slopes, some just like to strap on the skis or snowshoes and get away from it all. And there’s no easier way to do just that than with a tranquil, cross country ski or snowshoe trek. With miles of natural trails, peaceful forests, and frozen lakes many of the region’s state parks are perfectly suited for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Just remember to bring along your camera. The picturesque winter scenery is often unmatched (and we really wouldn’t mind if you shared it with us #DiscoverNEPA).

Hit the Snowy Trails at These Incredible State Parks:

  • Lackawanna State Park

    Located just 10 miles north of Scranton, this 1445-acre park is home to 18 miles of looping trails. Explore Lackawanna Lake, open fields, dense forests and woodland streams.

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  • Hickory Run State Park

    Thick, scenic forests, 44 miles of trails and the famous Boulder Field are some of the stunning features of this Carbon County favorite. Beautiful streams, dams and a lake offer incredible winter views.

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  • Frances Slocum State Park

    Enjoy a winter stroll along the beautiful Lake Shore Trail or see if you can spot wildlife on the popular Deer Trail. With 13.7 miles of trails, this park is ideal for a snowy escape.

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  • Rickett's Glen State Park

    Ancient forests and massive rock formations welcome brave winter visitors at this park made famous by its more than 20 cascading waterfalls. The 245-acre Lake Jean becomes a popular cross country skiing stop during later winter months.

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  • Salt Springs State Park

    Surrounded by ancient, old-growth Hemlock forests, this beautiful park tucked away in the Endless Mountains features 12 miles of trails. The falls Brook Trail offers stops at 3 waterfalls and a gorge.

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  • Promised Land State Park

    Resting high above the Poconos, this 3,000-acre park is surrounded by the dense Delaware State Forest. The Bruce Lake Natural Area and Conservation Island offer the best trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

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  • Beltzville State Park

    Wide-open fields and low rolling hills make this popular Pocono park a great destination for cross country skiers and snowshoers. The park’s 15 miles of trails wind along streams, through forests and past the remains of an old gristmill.

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  • Nescopeck State Park

    This park’s easy, mostly level trails are ideal for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Lake Francis and Nescopeck Creek offer gorgeous, year-round scenery and the chance to view some of the park’s rugged winter wildlife.

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  • Gouldsboro State Park

    Lush evergreen forests and Gouldsboro Lake provide the Instagram-worthy winter views in this popular Pocono park. The Old Route 611 trail is most ideal for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

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  • Prompton State Park

    Located just about 15 miles north of Lake Wallenpaupack, this park offering 26 miles of trails and a pristine, 290-acre lake becomes a winter paradise.  There are also great hills for sledding.

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To Enjoy All This Winter Fun, You’ll Need the Right Gear

Skis, Boots, Helmets, Hats, Gloves, and more!

In NEPA, where there’s a hill to ski, you’ll find a reliable ski shop. And you won’t have to drop a ton of cash to get the equipment you need. Most shops offer rental programs for everything from skis and snowboards to pants, boots and jackets. Rent them for a day or for the entire season. You can also visit these winter sports experts to have your own gear tuned up or serviced.

Check out this list of local ski shops and hit the mountain prepared and in style.

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