Elk Mountain Ski Area

Union Dale, Pennsylvania

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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 lot bigger than the trail map indicates. There are more true black diamonds here (11) than anywhere around, and the nine blue runs are nearly as fun. By far, this is the most challenging and diverse terrain in eastern Pennsylvania. (Only western PA’s Blue Knob has bigger steeps and tougher track.) Look for long, narrow runs with changing grades, awesome turns, and bountiful moguls. And because the resort is somewhat further out than other Pocono areas, you can bank on limited congestion and smaller lift lines. Don’t expect fast chair rides, but do expect to lay plenty of tracks and get a lot of bang for your dollar. If there’s a drawback at Elk, it’s getting from your car to the lodge.

Elk Mountain Ski Area Professional Review and Guide

"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 lot bigger than the trail map indicates. There are more true black diamonds here (11) than anywhere around, and the nine blue runs are nearly as fun.

By far, this is the most challenging and diverse terrain in eastern Pennsylvania. (Only western PA’s Blue Knob has bigger steeps and tougher track.) Look for long, narrow runs with changing grades, awesome turns, and bountiful moguls. And because the resort is somewhat further out than other Pocono areas, you can bank on limited congestion and smaller lift lines. Don’t expect fast chair rides, but do expect to lay plenty of tracks and get a lot of bang for your dollar. If there’s a drawback at Elk, it’s getting from your car to the lodge."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Resorts
Nearby City: Union Dale
Vertical Drop: 1000
Season: Early December to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,693 feet
Top Elevation: 2,693 feet
Additional Use: Ice Skating, Skiing, Snowboarding
Local Contacts: All contact information for the resort, services, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk Mountain Ski Area

Recent Trail Reviews

1/10/2005
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By far the best skiing in the Poconos. Some trails are wide and some are tight and turny. What fun it is to ski on this great snow, which is well-groomed. Good blues and blacks, even some respectable bumps. Lines are not long, but the chairs are painfully slow fixed-grippers that make you want to jump off and walk sometimes. Not much in the surrounding area for lodging, meals etc. though, so eat at the lodge, which has great food. Elk diner has tremendous "grease bomb" breakfast sandwiches in the morning if you are not wanting to live too long. Overall, its mostly locals, who love to ski here. The mountain has a mini-western, no-frills ski feel to it with good verticle and soft snow. If you get lost on this mountain, get yourself an Alheimer's screening.



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May 2018