If you really want to know you’ve been someplace authentically special, stay at one of the state's more than 700 B&B's, inns, or farm stays. Your choices for personalized hospitality are endless: A converted schoolhouse, an old Victorian mansion, a 19th century hunting lodge, a converted barn, and so many more. Innkeepers take pride in helping you get acquainted with the streets, shops, fields, forests, or mountains where our predecessors lived and worked. Whether they're in the village, city, mountains, or farm country, PA innkeepers have a passion for place, and they're ready to help you make your visit special. These family-run accommodations are authentic and one-of-a-kind.
So when you come to Pennsylvania, get off the highway to sameness and find the places where real hospitality and adventure await you.
Check out these interesting Pennsylvania events and groups and visit their websites for more information.
PA Ski Racing - The Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association (PARA) is the governing body of sanctioned racing in Pennsylvania. We are 1,000 members who are passionate about alpine ski racing. PARA members are located throughout most Pennsylvania ski areas. PARA is one division of the Eastern Region of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA).
PA Snowboard Racing - Visit their website.
Ski Clubs- Check out these great ski clubs near you:
Want the inside scoop on the best Pennsylvania attractions and things to do in Pennsylvania? You'll find it here!
Pocono Mountain skiing has something for beginners to advanced skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers, snowshoeing, and cross country skiers. Make sure to check out each Pocono Resort.
Alpine Mountain-The area caters to intermediates, with just over half its terrain devoted to them, and it also specializes in children's programs, including a kids' racing program.
Big Boulder-a wonderful place to learn and improve and features a delightful beginners' area separate from the main slopes but handy to the lodge. Big Boulder also overlooks a lake, which adds a distinctive feel to the place
Camelback Ski Area-the largest area in the Poconos. With 33 trails and slopes, 800 feet of vertical, 156 acres of terrain, and some interesting twists to the trails, it feels more like New England. This being Pennsylvania, though, Camelback makes sure that every square inch of the mountain is covered with snowmaking.
Crystal Lake Ski Center-the mountaintop location, excellent trail design, grooming expertise and equipment will offer you the best possible cross-country skiing in Pennsylvania. 30km of machine groomed and track set trails for all skill levels. Note: Hiking is only permitted on plowed roads. New snow shoes make it possible for you to explore their winter wonderland, both on and off the trails, in most any conditions. Ice skating on Crystal Lake when conditions permit.
Elk Mountain-set in the "Endless Mountains" about a half hour north of Scranton. It boasts a 1000-foot vertical drop, 140 acres, 27 trails, and a big terrain park, the Stompin' Grounds. Five doubles and a fixed-grip quad provide uplift; four of these including the quad run
from the base to the summit.
Jack Frost Mountain-boasts 100% snowmaking, features night skiing, 400-foot half pipe, tubing, and plenty of uphill capacity with nine lifts.
Montage Mountain- Montage offers a solid 1000 foot vertical drop and a higher percentage of advanced and expert terrain than most other areas in the state. Fully 20% of the mountain is rated advanced while another 15% is rated expert. But when you first arrive this won't be obvious. What you see above the lodge is the mellower third of Sno Mountain; the blacks and double blacks occupy the lower two-thirds of the mountain. The "base" area facilities include a day lodge, a cafeteria and lounge, guest services and everything else you would expect. Just don't plan to have lunch at the actual base of the mountain. Sno Mountain is just a few miles away from downtown Scranton, a city of almost 77,000 people, so you will find plenty in the way of dining, lodging, entertainment, and cultural events.
Shawnee Mountain-is closer to metropolitan New York and New Jersey than any other major Pennsylvania ski area. And since folks from the greater metro area have been heading to the Poconos for years in the summer and fall, it's not surprising that quite a few of them find their way to Shawnee in the winter. Shawnee is perennially among the first in the Poconos to open, usually in time for the increasingly important Thanksgiving weekend. A powerful snowmaking system, recently upgraded to include 450 tower-mounted guns and almost fully automated, covers all slopes, trails, the terrain park and ½ pipe. Just about everything on the map is lit for night skiing and riding, including the pipe and park.
Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain-The new lodge is a perfect compliment to the eighteen trails, five lifts and 100% snowmaking. Ski, snowboard, snow tube or just relax and enjoy the view from the new Mountaintop Village. Located just two hours from New York City, Ski Big Bear is a great family adventure on your very own semi-private mountain. Ski Big Bear offers terrain for every member of the family. Ski Big Bear overlooks the Scenic Upper Delaware River. Bald eagles and white-tail deer are local residents. The resort is surrounded by beautiful mountain inns and bed and breakfasts. Located in a private community the crowds and chaos are slow to find this corner of Pennsylvania.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort-with 70% of its terrain geared towards novices and intermediates (in a 30/40 split) urban snow warriors will find user-friendly terrain on which to learn and improve. Eighteen trails are available with the longest measuring exactly a mile in length. Two large areas are perfect for
new skiers and riders. Most of the trails are lit for night operation. Bear Creek also has a large tubing park and anew 57,000 square foot base lodge.
Blue Mountain-located 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia and is a little over an hour drive. This ski and snowboard area makes the most of the 1600-foot mountain it sits on, squeezing out 1082 feet of vertical terrain making it most in the state by 10 feet. 34 trails and 9 lifts are offered, 100% of which is lighted for night skiing. Blue Mountain is known for having some of the most varied terrain around from beginner to double diamond making this a great place to visit for skiers and riders of all ability levels. If you are staying for more than just the day there are a number of hotels, motels and B&B's nearby.
Ski Sawmill Family Resort-is continually improving and making your hometown ski area one to be proud of! Ski Sawmill has 12 slopes and 3 lifts. The peak elevation is 2,215 feet and base elevation is 1,770 feet - giving us a vertical drop of 515 feet. There is also a terrain park adjacent to our double chairlift. The area offers affordable ski days like (Ladies & Men Ski for FREE days, Homeschool appreciation, 50% off Cash thursdays and more…) A few new days include Monday “Ladies Night” ski for 1/2 off all day lift and “Buisness Card Wednesday” where you can ski for 1/2 off all day lift if you bring in a business card. They also do a drawing from the business cards every week and give away a FREE LIFT TICKET.
Tussey Mountain Ski Area-originally operated as a public ski area under the name of Skimont during the 1960's. After sitting idle for a few years, the mountain was re-opened as a private club in the mid 1970's under the name Bald Knob Ski Club. In 1981-82 the mountain was reorganized and opened again publicly as Tussey Mountain Ski Area, a name now synonymous with quality skiing to area residents. Since then the mountain has grown both in size and sophistication of operation. Today, Tussey Mountain has skiing on 50 acres with 3 ski and snowboard lifts and 2 snowtube lifts. In addition to skiing, we also offer a snowtubing park which has over 100 snowtubes and a specially designed lift to take you to the top.
Whitetail Resort-Winter is just around the corner and we can't wait for another great season on the slopes. This summer Snow Time, Inc. invested over 4 million dollars back into the resort. Whitetail offers skiing and snowboarding on 19 trails. The mountain boasts a 935-foot vertical drop, six lifts, a halfpipe and two terrain parks. The resort has a western feel and is decidedly modern. All 19 trails are open to snowboarders along with two terrain parks and halfpipe for skiers and snowboarders. Complimentary ski check; two restaurants and a Starbucks on-site; basket check; lockers; changing rooms; and a seasonal sports shop.
Liberty Mountain Resort-Liberty's devotion to families begins with programs for all ages and extends to a full range of diversions designed to keep everyone happy. From a baby-sitting service that takes children as young as six months and a special kiddie tubing park for two- to four-year olds, Liberty covers the youngest crowd. Private ski lessons begin at three, the group program accepts four-year-olds. Snowboard lessons are offered privately to kids as young as four; the group program accepts kids starting at six.
Roundtop Mountain Resort-This popular area pleases its guests with 15 trails, three terrain parks, a half pipe and a Superpipe. Eight lifts serve 600 feet of vertical. Two of the eight serves the pipes. Additional lifts are devoted to the tubing operation. Folks who are brand-new to snow sports will especially like Ski Roundtop's layout. First, there's the Discovery Center on a gentle slope near the main lodge. Second, there's a special zone just for kids complete with Magic Carpet. And third, both areas anchor a lift and trail pod system that's exclusively green. Ski Roundtop is about 20 miles south of Harrisburg, the state capital, so there are plenty of off-snow activities to enjoy.
Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands-Situated in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort opened in 1995 and is an ideal learning environment for first-time skiers. Featuring 25 acres for snow sports - including alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing - Mystic Mountain has a wide variety of slope difficulty, short lines, friendly trails, and experienced instructors. Mystic Mountain is a fun ski area designed for families.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort-a true four-season resort is the state’s largest ski resort and is just an hour or so from Pittsburgh. Its well-developed lodging and amenities, ample terrain and big lift capacity draw visitors from even further away than Pittsburgh. Cleveland and Columbus are just three and four hours away respectively; Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are four. Thirty-one slopes and trails, a 750 foot maximum vertical drop, which is continuous on three trails in the North Face area, are spread across 285 acres. Five triples, three quads, and a two high-speed six-pack provide most of the uplift; five surface lifts serve the beginner terrain. Nearly all the terrain is lighted at night.
Hidden Valley Resort-Tucked away in the southwest corner of PA, not far from the West Virginia border you will find Hidden Valley. It sits up high in the Laurel Highlands and shares much of the wintry weather that blankets the bigger mountains to the south with abundant snow. Hidden Valley is really two areas, each with a day lodge and parking. In between are the resort's Inn and Conference Center, along with restaurants and additional services. This four-season resort has enough going on to keep you on site, but there are many charming small towns in the area complete with cultural attractions.
Blue Knob Ski Area-Nestled among the highest peaks of the Allegheny Mountains you'll find Blue Knob Mountain Resort. It offers the highest lift-served skiing in Pennsylvania on the state's second-highest peak, 3146-foot Blue Knob. Six lifts serve a wide variety of terrain, from long, easy beginner trails to some fairly steep stuff on the lower half of the mountain. Bump runs, glades, and even a small bowl will keep better skiers and riders happy while intermediates have their own pod of trails (and even a couple of glades). But its location in a state park means you can go snowmobiling on a network of marked trails, or challenge your cross-country skills on the park's hiking trails or service roads.
Pennsylvania Winter Vacation and Outdoor Fun Getaways
What's winter if you can't have a bit of fun in the snow? With 22 ski resorts and tons of activities, you and your family, friends, even co-workers can enjoy the "elements" - for the best winter ever!
What would you like to do on your next Pennsylvania Winter Get Away?
Would you like to...
...Find the best skiing in Pennsylvania
...Go to the best snowboarding in Pennsylvania
...Track down the best snow tubing in Pennsylvania
...Learn a few things at a PSAA Learning Center
You can do all of this and so much more when you vacation in Pennsylvania. Let us show you the best places to visit in Pennsylvania along with special "insider tips" to make your get away even more enjoyable.
Where do you want to go next in the Keystone state?
Pennsylvania Office of Tourism
The official website for the Office of Tourism. Learn where to stay, trip ideas and travel tools to help plan your trip.
Get the latest weather, road conditions and traffic reports by simply visiting the 511 Travel Info page.
Pennsylvania Snowboarding Awaits
Pennsylvania is an adventure waiting to happen. There's always something to do in the winter with 22 different ski resorts across the state. Pennsylvania slopes range from leisurely to pulse-quickening, and you can find breathtaking scenery on any Pennsylvania trail.
Half-Pipe - Drop-in to some of the best half-pipe's in this part of the country at Camelback Ski Area, Hidden Valley Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, Ski Sawmill Family Resort, and Whitetail Resort.
Terrain Parks - Ready to ride the rails or jib off a box? You get get your adrenaline pumping at Alpine Mountain, Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Big Boulder, Blue Knob, Blue Mountain, Camelback Ski Area, Elk Mountain, Hidden Valley Resort, Jack Frost Mountain, Liberty Mountain, Montage Mountain, Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Shawnee Mountain Resort, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, Ski Sawmill Family Resort, and Whitetail Mountain.