3 Reasons to #Ski in Pennsylvania

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7 year old with a big smile on the chair lift at Montage Mountain

I’m not a native Pennsylvanian. I’ve lived all over and I moved here 14 years ago so while I call myself from Philly now, it’s not where I grew up. So when hubby and I were first dating and he proposed skiing here, I was definitely wasn’t sure what to expect in Pennsylvania. áLittle did I know, there are tons of ski resorts to hit the slopes here that are awesome.

I was quickly introduced to many of the resorts in the Poconos and eastern PA and have been hooked ever since. áI’ve been to Elk, Blue, Jack Frost/Big Boulder, Camelback, Ski Big Bear, Montage and Bear Creek. I hope to hit a few more this season to add to the list.

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More chair lift fun at Montage Mountain

So. I promised you 3 great reasons to ski in Pennsylvania – here they are:

1) áMany Choices! áAccording to Wikipedia, there are 21 ski resorts in the state of Pennsylvania. áThe ski areas are divided up into 3 regions – Northeastern
(Pocono Mountain region), Eastern and Western (Laurel Highlands). áI can only speak from personal experience on the eastern/Pocono Mountains but I love the convenience of them too. áThere are a least a dozen options for my family here in Philly and each of the resorts we visit regularly are within driving distance of folks in eastern PA, New York and Maryland. áYou can see a full list of all of the resorts in PA complete with trail maps and more info on SkiPA.com.

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My 4th Grader with his SnowPass

2) The 4th/5th Grade SnowPass. áWe’ve got one in 4th grade this year and we took advantage of this as soon as we could! áWe picked up a brochure at our local ski store but you can also download an application on that link and here on the PSAA 4th/5th Grade SnowPass Program page. áYou need to do a little bit of paperwork for this but it isn’t bad. áThere’s a $30 application fee but all it takes is skiing ONE time and you make your money back. áWe just went to Bear Creek last weekend and his ticket would have been $46 so we’ve already saved money! You need to send in a small photo, a report card (I sent in a printed out copy from our school’s online system and that worked just fine!) and your $30 and then you’re good to go.

What you receive? áFREE SKI PASSES for your child at all participating resorts (which is most of them!). áAlso, each resort provides up to 3 free tickets so we’ve used 1 at Bear Creek and will be able to take him there two more times – FOR FREE! áThere are some blackout dates but it’s the dates you would think (MLK Weekend, Presidents Day weekend) so you just need to plan ahead.

I should note too that there are a bunch of fun coupons in the back of the book including half priced tickets for first time adult skiers who want to do a learn to ski package and several summer time coupons for visiting the resorts in the summer and checking out the water sports options! áIf you have a 4th or 5th grader and live anywhere within a few hours driving distance of a PA ski resort, this is a must-have.

3)áá$5 Off Adult Midweek lift ticket at the PA resorts. You can find it as the first coupon mentioned on this Ski PA Deal Page.á People can sign up and you can get a coupon after filling out the form.

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Bear Creek

You can find info on all of these options and any other information you need to know about skiing in PA on the SkiPA.com website.

Disclamier: This has been a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. says

    I did the Learn to Ski package at Whitetail one year. It was something like $46 for the season for first time skiers. It was an awesome way to determine I was a horrible skier and snowboarder.

    • says

      I think you could start now Lindsey! My youngest started at 4. I’d say that first year he didn’t get much out of it but another year or two and he got the basics! My niece is 5 and learned really well this fall and is going down the entire mountain….

      I think now or another year would be a great starting point. They have less fear then they are little so I think that helps them. My oldest was 6 when he started and he’s more cautious but I think his learning curve was longer because of his caution that it was with my youngest.

  2. says

    I’ve only been on one ski vacay…and it was in the Poconos! Of course, I didn’t actually ski so much as hot tub and cozy up in the cabin. I should probably change that. You make it look like such a blast!

  3. says

    I’ve lived in a suburb of Philadelphia my entire life, and can attest to the amazing slopes available in Pennsylvania! SO happy to hear you are enjoying the slopes and the snow this winter!

  4. says

    Skiing was such a big part of my childhood. We’d go with friends at least once a month and I loved it! We have yet to take the kids but definitely need to soon!

  5. says

    That is pretty neat about the ski pass for kids. I haven’t heard about anything like that in New Jersey. I hope maybe by next winter to have me and my boys learn skiing.

    • says

      Jenn – I meant to respond to this. I asked them and they said no! You don’t have to be a PA resident at all. Just obviously the coupons are only good in PA but you can be from any state

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