Best Cross-Country Skiing in Pennsylvania

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Pennsylvania. Use this list to plan your next Pennsylvania cross-country skiing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Tanglewood Ski Area


Overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains, Tanglewood Ski Area has hosted family and novice skiers each for the last 30 years. Locals may remember the resort as Paper Birch Mountain. The…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
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#2. Big Boulder - Jack Frost Ski Resort


With modest plateaus and sporadic snowfall, Pennsylvania’s Pocono region hardly seemed the right place to follow on the heels of the emerging western and New England ski resorts of the 1940s. Nonethel…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
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#3. Montage Mountain Ski Area


Montage opened its slopes in 1984 as a private, nonprofit corporation, run by a volunteer board of directors with hopes of building tourism in the region. Years of overwhelming maintenance costs force…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
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#4. Bear Creek Ski Area


Skiing began here in the mid-1960s after several parcels of land were purchased on the low-lying plateau between Allentown and Reading. With just two slopes and a T-bar, the area would eventually grow…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
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#5. Seven Springs Ski Resort


Seven Springs started out in 1932 as a series of private vacation cabins owned by Pittsburgh merchant Adolph Dupre. An avid skier, he would capitalize on the Laurel Highland’s snow-filled bounty a few…
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#6. Elk Mountain Ski Area


If you’re jonesing for a dose of vertical and long runs, waste no time getting over to Elk. Its 150-plus skiable acres crushes that of most Mid-Atlantic areas, and a strong 1,000 vertical feet rides a…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Union Dale, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#7. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area


Since 1975 Shawnee has been a major player in the busy Pocono Mountain alpine ski scene. Situated just off the Delaware River and the New Jersey border, the ski area was originally developed as an ame…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Stroudsburg, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#8. Tussey Mountain Ski Area


There’s a little-known ski area in Boalsburg that’s been serving local families and students for the last 20 years. Tussey Mountain, just a handful of miles from Penn State’s campus, offers eight shor…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Boalsburg, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#9. Mystic Mountain Ski Resort


With the considerable snowfall that blankets southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands region, a fourth ski area was bound to emerge. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort opened its slopes in the late 90s to do…
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Farmington, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts, Snowshoeing
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#10. Blue Knob Ski Resort


"Ski Good or Eat Woods—Blue Knob, PA” is the resort’s official unofficial slogan. The Knob is not your typical Mid-Atlantic plateau. It is the Mad River Glen of the south—a classic skier’s mountain wi…
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Claysburg, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#11. Laurel Mountain Ski Area


Long one of Pennsylvania’s best-kept secrets, Laurel was first owned and run by the Mellon family as a private resort for the Rolling Rock Club. Laurel later opened its slopes to the public and became…
From the guidebook "Ski & Snowboard America: Mid-Atlantic"
Ligonier, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#12. Mount Tone Ski Area


Mount Tone is a unique family ski area and ski camp nestled in the village of Lake Como, just five miles from the New York State border in northeastern PA. The area has operated as a quaint alpine get…
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#13. Ski Denton Ski Area


Ski Denton resides in a remote mountain stretch of north-central Pennsylvania’s snow country. Commercial skiing began here after a state study in the 1950s determined the property was a natural fit fo…
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Coudersport, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
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#14. Laurel Hill State Park


This hike can be challenging if you do it end to end at one time. The Lake Trail portion, which clings to the steep hillside above Laurel Hill Lake, can be particularly tough, so you have to exercise…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Rockwood, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7.1 miles
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#15. Ridley Creek State Park


This park is just 16 miles from downtown Philadelphia in Delaware County, but when you explore the colonial setting here, it feels like you’re in another country. On this easy 4.3-mile loop hike, you…
From the guidebook "Hiking Pennsylvania"
Newton Square, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 4.3 miles
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#16. R.B. Winter State Park


This hike uses a challenging, little-known cross-country skiing trail to take you across the ridgetops and in and out of the 500-foot-deep hemlock valleys. It connects with an abandoned narrow-gauge…
From the guidebook "Hiking Pennsylvania"
Lewisburg, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7.5 miles
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#17. Splash Dam Hollow


This hike gives you a taste of a popular 85-mile backpacking trail. It starts out on the Susquehannock Trail System but soon connects with lesser-used trails as it descends one hollow and meets Splash…
From the guidebook "Hiking Pennsylvania"
Coudersport, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7.8 miles
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#18. Wykoff Run Natural Area


This is an easy hike through stands of white birch, mountain laurel, and meadows teeming with blueberry bushes. You’re at an elevation of 2,000 feet—not the highest point in the state, but high enough…
From the guidebook "Hiking Pennsylvania"
Clearfield, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 4.8 miles
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#19. Bear Run Nature Reserve


There are a number of highlights on this hike. The trail begins in a pristine stand of pines, continues on gently rolling grassy roads, and finally leads to a heart-stopping view into the 1,700-foot-d…
From the guidebook "Hiking Pennsylvania"
Ohiopyle, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 8 miles
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#20. Tom’s Run


This easy hike leads you through a 120-acre parcel of old-growth forest—giant hemlocks and white pines—to an old railroad logging grade that parallels the white- capped waters of Tom’s Run. The west b…
From the guidebook "Hiking Pennsylvania"
Warren, PA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 4 miles
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