Elk Mountain Ski Resort in Union Dale (PA) offers the best beginner through expert skiing in the Endless Mountains.
Elk Mountain offers a New England style ski experience in northeastern Pennsylvania. With a 1,000' vertical drop and the highest summit elevation of any ski resort in eastern Pennsylvania, Elk Mountain's stats tell a big part of the story. Consistent snow (about 25% more than its Pocono competitors) and colder temperatures translate into better surface conditions. However, what truly sets Elk Mountain apart as one of the best resort in Pennsylvania is its relaxed, classic ski experience.
Skiing in the Poconos is certainly a popular passtime for skiers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Busses full of schoolchildren, ski clubs, and families arrive en masse on weekend mornings. While Elk Mountain still gets a share of busses, the crowds there are a small fraction of what they would be at places like Camelback, Shawnee or Jack Frost.
True, skiers won't find any high speed lifts or a celebrity chef in the cafeteria. What they do find is great skiing that feels a lot more like Vermont than Pennsylvania. Elk Mountain's expert slopes are the amongst the best and most interesting in the state, while its beginner terrain makes it a perfect place to learn to ski.
Updated for Winter 2015-2016 - David B. Cronheim