- 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
- 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
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.
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John F. Kennedy International Airport
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
Tannersville (1-5 mi)
- Wide range of townhouse rentals featuring 1-4 bedrooms
- Budget accommodation available such as Days Inn
- Short drive to slopes
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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||Elk Mountain Ski Resort|
|beginner||32 %||22 %|
|intermediate||33 %||37 %|
|advanced||32 %||41 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||$67||$67|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||24″||14″|