While it's rare to hear the words "Pennsylvania" and "great skiing" in the same sentence, what the state's resorts lack in vertical is often compensated for by great management, superb ski schools and excellent snow making. Additionally, many of the resorts have a nice variety of off-slope activities, which makes them viable destinations for groups of skiers and non-skiers.
Located in Champion, Pennsylvania, Seven Springs is proof that sometimes size does matter. The resort has three surface lifts, five triple chairs, three quad chairs and one high-speed six pack. Its summit elevation is 2900 feet. For non-skiers, the resort's signature hotel offers bowling, roller skating and a movie theater.
It's not often that you hear consistent kudos about a resort's rental equipment. Thus, when you consistently hear this type of praise, it becomes noteworthy. Such is the case with Hidden Valley. Considering the resort's large amount of beginner and intermediate terrain, it's nice to know that skiers can improve their skills on comfortable equipment. A helpful staff and a great ski school add to this appealing mix. Hidden Valley is located in Laurel Heights, Pennsylvania.
So, you'd like some vertical. How does 1,082 feet sound? That's not too bad for an Eastern resort. Nine lifts and a high-speed detachable six-seater reduce the time waiting on lift lines. Should legs tire of skiing, but you still want to play in the snow, head to the magic carpet for the 19-slide snow tubing area. Blue Mountain is located in Palmerton, which is in the beautiful Pennsylvania Poconos.
Article Written By Lisa Mercer
In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.