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."