Pennsylvania is the perfect state to take the family skiing. With over 20 family ski resorts in Pennsylvania, there are ample places to take your pick from. With some resorts a close drive for people from Maryland, D.C., Virginia and New York, it’s not hard to see why families flock to Pennsylvania for their annual ski vacations. Let’s look at 10 of the top family ski resorts in Pennsylvania.
What Makes a Family Ski Resort?
At Proper Peaks, we agree there has to be a few things in place to make a ski area a good family ski resort.
A family ski resort needs to check off the following –
- Nearby lodging
- Food at the ski area or nearby
- Ample beginner trails for learners
- Exciting intermediate to advanced trails
- A solid ski school
When you have all these things, a family trip can be a go. Dads are able to teach the little ones on the bunny slopes while mom gets in some more exciting laps.
10 of the Top Family Ski Resorts in Pennsylvania
1. Liberty Mountain Resort
Fairfield, Pennsylvania | 22 Trails
Just outside of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, (“DMV”) Liberty Mountain Resort is a staple for DMV ski families. With the recently new Highland Lodge, the accommodations are up to date and can accommodate small to large groups.
In addition to the Highland Lodge at Liberty, the resort also has the Alpine Lodge and Fairway Hotel for additional rooms.
2. Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Champion, Pennsylvania | 33 Trails
With options of casual dining to fine dining, no one will go hungry. Mom and dad can even head into the Foggy Goggle to grab a drink.
Seven Springs larger foot print has it’s good and bads for families. On the good, there is a lot of terrain to ride and park features if you have teenagers and they are into that. On the flip side, the beginner’s area is so far from the advanced slopes that you’ll have to take some time to round up the family if you have different skill level riders in the family.
Overall, Seven Springs is perfect to take the family if you want to ski, eat, sleep and repeat!
3. Camelback Mountain Resort
Tannersville, Pennsylvania |
The lodging near the slopes is just the start. Families can then take to a lesson with the Camelback ski and ride academy or hit the slopes. If you have younger ones who aren’t ready for the slopes yet then snow tubing may still be a viable and fun option.
Pub food, pizza and italian are just a few of the options at Camelback. We like Camelback because once you get there, they have everything you need for a family ski vacation without having to leave the resort. You won’t have to try hard to keep a smile on everyone’s faces in your group.
4. Blue Mountain Resort
Palmerton, Pennsylvania | 40 Trails
Want another family ski resort option in the Poconos? Try Blue Mountain. They boast having Pennsylvania’s highest vertical of all ski resorts at 1,082 feet.
While there isn’t lodging onsite, it isn’t a deal breaker. You have options like the Hampton Inn 13 miles away in Lehighton, the Hampton Inn in Bethlehem (17 miles away) or numerous vacation rentals by owner nearby.
Take the family out to Blue Mountain if you want an nice mix of beginner trails and some steep trails for the more advanced riders in your family. They have it all.
5. Bear Creek
Lehigh Valley, PA | 23 Trails
Families close to Philadelphia should check out Bear Creek Mountain Resort. It is just under an hour’s drive so the kids won’t have a long car ride before hitting the slopes.
Once there, you’ll find comfortable lodging at the base of the mountain hotel. While there is only 86 skiable acres, they are all lit for night skiing.
6. Tussey Mountain Ski & Recreation
Boalsburg, PA | 8 Trails
Tussey Mountain is one of the smallest family ski area’s on the list but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great place to ski. There is a terrain park, night skiing and a snow tubing park which make it worth the trip too.
7. Jack Frost Big Boulder
White Haven, Pennsylvania | 35 Total Trails
The mountains are great places to learn to ski or just get in some laps if you are already a proficient skier. The family can enjoy night skiing at Big Boulder and then head back to lodging nearby. One interesting place is Split Rock Resort which has an indoor waterpark that the kids will be sure to enjoy.
8. Spring Mountain Adventures
Schwensville, Pennsylvania | 7 Trails
Once the family gets tired of the slopes, be sure to check out the ice rink at Spring Mountain too. It is a great way to mix up a bit of the fun.
9. Montage Mountain
Scranton, Pennsylvania | 27 Trails
Top notch east Pennsylvania skiing is at Montage Mountain. What are you waiting for? If your family likes long runs, lower crowds than some of the other big name resorts then Montage Mountain needs to make your list for PA family ski areas.
Aside from their trails, Montage has multiple places cooking up a bite which makes for some family fun après ski. Call it a night a the Hilton in Scranton which is minutes away and you have the whole family ski trip planned.
10. Ski Roundtop
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania | 20 Trails
Try snow tubing or grab a bite in the lodge before heading back home for a day trip or to a nearby hotel like the Hampton Inn or Towneplace Suites by Marriott. Both are within 10-15 minutes if you plan on doing an overnighter.
Final Thoughts on 10 Ski Resorts in PA for Families
Pennsylvanians are super lucky with all the ski resorts they have in the state. Planning a trip to a family ski resort has never been easier with so many good resort options that have lodging and food at the resort or closeby.
Get your family on the slopes this winter and try a family ski resort in Pennsylvania. Let us know which one is your family’s favorite.