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. Little 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. I’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.
So. I promised you 3 great reasons to ski in Pennsylvania – here they are:
1) Many Choices! According to Wikipedia, there are 21 ski resorts in the state of Pennsylvania. The ski areas are divided up into 3 regions – Northeastern
(Pocono Mountain region), Eastern and Western (Laurel Highlands). I can only speak from personal experience on the eastern/Pocono Mountains but I love the convenience of them too. There 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. You can see a full list of all of the resorts in PA complete with trail maps and more info on SkiPA.com.
2) The 4th/5th Grade SnowPass. We’ve got one in 4th grade this year and we took advantage of this as soon as we could! We 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. You need to do a little bit of paperwork for this but it isn’t bad. There’s a $30 application fee but all it takes is skiing ONE time and you make your money back. We 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? FREE SKI PASSES for your child at all participating resorts (which is most of them!). Also, 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! There 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! If 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.
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.