Camelback Mountain Resort

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Camelback mountain resort
Joretta Wong
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Joretta Wong

Pros

  • Diverse terrain serviced by high speed lifts
  • Easily accessible from New York City (Less than 2 hours) and Philadelphia (2 hours)
  • Fantastic family resort with great package deals and facilities
  • New large lodging nearby is perfect for groups

Cons

  • Crowded on weekends and during holidays
  • No true ski-in/ski-out lodging
  • Small terrain means it gets skied off quickly and can develop icy conditions in bad weather

Overall

3.5

One of the larger resorts close to New York City, Camelback is mostly for beginners and intermediates and is an ideal family destination. It's known for its Camelback Resort Lodge which offers ski, stay and play packages including access to their indoor waterpark. Camelback's convenient location makes for a great weekend trip but get there mid-week or outside of the holidays for some crowd-free fresh turns.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Airplane

FLY TO

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Car

DRIVE TO

Camelback Mountain (2 hours)

Base of Camelback Mountain (Walk)

  • The Camelback Resort Lodge is the main accommodation at the resort
  • While not true ski-in/ski-out, the lodge provides access to the Stevenson Express lift
  • The lodge offers great ski, stay and play packages

Find accommodations around here

Tannersville (1-5 mi)

  • Wide range of townhouse rentals featuring 1-4 bedrooms
  • Budget accommodation available such as Days Inn
  • Short drive to slopes

Find accommodations around here

For beginners

Camelback has plenty of suitable trails for beginners. First timers can start off on the extensive beginner area that spreads across the entire base area. Those with a bit more experience can make their way to the top of the mountain and cruise down the few long green trails Camelback has on offer. Our favorite for beginners include the nice and wide slopes of Julius Caesar to Honeymoon where there is enough room to weave between other skiers.

For intermediates

Intermediates can find a number of blues to cruise across the mountain while park rats can test their skills on the large terrain park mid-mountain where there's even a fun airbag if you dare. Our favorite run for intermediates would have to be Nile Mile. Located off the fast Stevenson Express lift, this long blue gently curves and meanders from the summit down to the base.

For experts

Advanced skiers and snowboarders will most likely get bored quickly at Camelback with the limited amount of black trails here, most of which are not-so challenging. The trail layout isn't great either with 6 black runs on the east side of the mountain and just 2 on the west side and involves skiing between less experienced skiers to get to the other side. If we had to pick one, Cliffhanger is the best run for experts as it's the only double diamond run here and is a straight shot with no interruptions.

Find freshies

Given its close proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, Camelback sees plenty of weekend warriors who tend track out freshies rather quickly. To find the best powder, visit during the week after fresh snow.

Ditch the crowds

All beginner areas and any intermediate areas that lead to beginner areas can get quite crowded so it's best to avoid these spots if you're more experienced. Weekends and holidays also see long lift queues so go in the singles lines to get on the mountain faster.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will have a range of fun activities to do while their counterparts on the slopes including tubing, zip lining, riding the mountain coaster, swimming at the Aquatopia waterpark or just getting a spa treatment.

Families

Families are well catered for at Camelback where they'll find a wide range of great facilities from family changing rooms to large family lodgings. The real drawcard for families is the Camelback Resort Lodge which offers the great ski, stay and play packages including access to the Aquatopia waterpark. Kids will also love the other fun activities such as tubing, zip lining and riding the mountain coaster. Camelback also has a great ski school for first timers and a nursery for the little ones who are not yet old enough to ski.

Camelback Mountain Resort vs
Camelback Mountain ResortElk Mountain Ski Resort
beginner32 %22 %
intermediate33 %37 %
advanced32 %41 %
expert3 %-
total runs37 27
ski area160ac 180ac
summit elevation2,100ft 2,692ft
total lifts16 7
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$67 $67
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall24″ 14″

Camelback Mountain Resort Reviews

Average

3.5 / 5

based on 16 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Have your say on Camelback Mountain Resort
Good!

3.7 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
JOJim O.
intermediate snowboarder
Camelback is a great location, one of the easiest to get to resorts in the Poconos. But the mountain has a consistent problem for snowboarders- flat runs. There's plenty of acreage here, but too often getting from one part of the mountain to the other involves flat or nearly flat cat tracks.... More
Good!

3.6 / 5

Dec 02, 2017
BWBenjamin W.
intermediate snowboarder
Camelback was one of,my first and favorite trips on the slopes. A great place for,family and friends to,hangout for a few days. Many different skill levels for all ages. A great time for all.... More
Average!

3.3 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
As one of the more established and developed resorts in PA it gets a lot of New York and New Jersey crowds thanks to it's location in the northeastern part of the state. Has good parks for the East and the facilities are well maintained. Not an overabundance in terrain but for PA it's not bad. ... More
Average!

3.5 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
BWBenjamin W.
intermediate snowboarder
This resort was,a wonderful,place to start out. The trails are great for advancing your skills and improving your techniques. It also has a terrain park for,beginners to intermediate easier for advanced riders.... More
Average!

3.3 / 5

Nov 18, 2017
BWBenjamin W.
intermediate snowboarder
This was one of my first times on a mountain and it wasn't easy but it was great. I had gone with friends and loved ones and it made me fall in love with the sport. I have been going as much as I can with out even getting a season pass when time allowed around work and family. This is a great family friendly mountain and resort.... More
Good!

3.8 / 5

Nov 10, 2017
PPawel
intermediate snowboarder
Camelback is great for beginners and intermediate boarders and skiers who live in tristate are and do not want to drive all the way up to Vermont to bigger mountains. It offers night riding what makes the crowds disappear. ... More
Good!

3.8 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
AHApril H.
intermediate snowboarder
Camelback is easy for me to get to from North Jersey. It can be super crowded on weekends, but weekdays are generally not crowded. The snow quality varies from season to season, but they do a good job making snow.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 21, 2017
SDSteven D.
Dank snow. Truly the greatest snow. In fact people often comment “wow, great snow.” Ask anybody. They’ll tell ya. The best snow in the world. Great snow. Never seen better.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
MTMike T.
Great place love the trails park is always a good time night riding is pretty sweet as well I try and go to camel a lot during the season10/10 if I was able to leave that
Average!

3 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
JJason
I have not been to Camelback in years, but it was one of my favorites in the Poconos. If you cannot go to another mountain range or state to ski, Camelback is a good bet.
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