Being so close to the Poconos, Philadelphia has a ton of ski areas and resorts with kid-friendly offerings and amenities perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway. Local parents share their favorite spots for skiing and snowboarding near Philadelphia. Use our interactive map to find where to hit the slopes with your family this winter!
Where does your family like to ski and snowboard? Recommend it below to share with other Philly area families!
Bear Creek Mountain
Full-day lift tickets start at $40/adult, $36/youth
Tim Ponisciak: Located about an hour from Philly, Bear Creek offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, plus there is a great ski lodge at the base of the mountain and a spa for those who may not as interested in being outdoors!
Spring Mountain Adventures
Full-day lift tickets start at $40/person
Tim Ponisciak: Spring Mountain is probably the closest family option for Philadelphians who want to hit the slopes. You can ski, snowboard or snow tube! There are 8 trails and Spring Mountain also has a lot of options for lessons for all ages beginning at age 3.
Blue Mountain Ski Resort
8-hour lift ticket $29/person
Tim Ponisciak: Blue Mountain Resort is home to PA's highest vertical, one of the largest snowmaking systems on the east coast AND the longest and fastest snow tubing lanes in PA! Runs range from very easy to challenging. There is a great pub at the resort on the mountain!
Jack Frost Ski Resort
Full-day lift tickets start at $64/adult, $50/child
Tim Ponisciak: Jack Frost is right by another resort, Big Boulder, so it is nice to be able to go to both for ski fanatics. Jack Frost has 20 trails, snow tubing, and good dining options, including a burrito bar.
Camelback Mountain Resort
Full day lift tickets start at $62/person
Tim Ponisciak: Camelback is regularly voted as the top ski resort in Pennsylvania. Night skiing is available and there are trails for everyone, regardless of ability. And, the resort is a great place to stay and play for a long weekend as there is an indoor waterpark too!
Montage Mountain Resorts
Full-day lift tickets start at $79/adult, $69/youth
Dawn Barger Wiggins: Montage Mountain is home to great beginner terrain, awesome steeps and trail diversity in the Mid-Atlantic. With an equal offering of beginner, intermediate, and expert slopes you'll be sure to find the "it" you're looking for.
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Full-day lift tickets start at $42/adult, $34/child
Tim Ponisciak: Shawnee is a Pocono-area favorite. This resort is a particularly good one for those new to skiing and snowboarding. There are 23 trails in all, and a wide variety of specialty lessons for all ages (including Mommy/Daddy & Me opportunities). Kids as young a 4 can enroll in half or full day lessons which are offered daily.
They also have snow tubing hills, mountain dining, and full-day babysitting options!
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