Elk Mountain Ski Resort

Joretta Wong
SnowPak Local Insider
Joretta Wong

Build your Elk Mountain Ski Resort Ski Trip

Learn more about Elk Mountain Ski Resort

  • A decent number of challenging intermediate and advanced runs given it's small size
  • Minimal crowds
  • Great value lift tickets - night skiing included in ticket
  • Unbeatable package deals for beginners or first-time skiers
  • Fast and efficient shuttle system transports skiers between lift and lower parking lot
  • No tree skiing or glades
  • Small terrain means trails can be boring after two days of skiing
  • Slow and outdated lift system
  • Very limited dining and accommodation options
  • Lodge can get extremely crowded at lunchtime

Elk Mountain Ski Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Hotel Anthracite
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
29% off $333
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Gibson
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
25% off $363
Camelot Restaurant & Inn
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
29% off $318

View all ski packages for Elk Mountain Ski Resort



One of the top ski resorts in Pennsylvania, Elk Mountain continually gets the best snow in the state as it's located further North than most resorts. With a variety of terrain across its 180 ac of skiable terrain, the small resort offers up a surprisingly decent amount of challenging intermediate and advanced trails considering its size. It also has one of the best value lift tickets around that covers night skiing until 10:00pm! There are hardly ever any crowds and along with its great terrain makes for a worthwhile weekend visit for locals who are willing to make the drive. 

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January and February

January and February have the best snow conditions in Elk Mountain because it's freezing enough to keep it snowing!


Philadelphia International Airport


Elk Mountain Ski Resort (2 hours 45 minutes)

Base of Elk Mountain (Walk)

  • Private resort community
  • No ski-in/ski-out lodging
  • Far from restaurants and shops

Find accommodations around here

Union Dale (5-7 mi)

  • 10 minute drive to the resort
  • Private home rentals
  • Limited places to eat and shop

Find accommodations around here

For beginners

With unbeatable package deals for beginners, Elk Mountain is a great place for first-timers to test the waters without digging too deep into their pockets. The uncrowded slopes also make for the perfect stress-free environment for beginners to learn on. Once never-evers have mastered the beginner area, they can proceed onto the West Slope, a wide open trail that's great for practicing on. Our favorite trail for beginners, however, is Tioga. Starting off at the top of the mountain and offering superb views throughout, Tioga is the longest beginner trail at Elk Mountain and meanders down the west side of the mountain before connecting onto West Slope.

For intermediates

Elk Mountain serves up a range of wide and long blue runs with a few twists and turns that will keep intermediates on their feet. The west side of the mountain offers up the best runs for intermediates and best of all, they tend not to be icy or skied off as most skiers track the east side. Our pick for the best run for intermediates would have to be Schuylkill into Kickapoo. Starting off at the top of the mountain Schuylkill is a nice groomed cruiser but once you're in Kickapoo, the sharp twists and turns are bound to offer up quite a challenge!

For experts

It might not have the gnarliest terrain but Elk Mountain does offer up some challenging runs that will satisfy any weekend warrior. The west side of the mountain is best for advanced skiers and snowboarders as its less tracked out and icy than the east, plus there is more powder to be found here. When the conditions are right, Tunkhannock is covered with moguls making it a real thigh burner and our favorite for advanced/experts at Elk Mountain!

Find freshies

The best spot to find freshies is on the west side of the mountain, especially on the black runs such as Tunkhannock, Chippewa and Tecumseh. These runs are less tracked as most skiers head to the east side of the mountain.

Ditch the crowds

While crowds are kept to a minimum here, the beginner trails tend to see more skiers than other areas. The Tioga trail is the only exception as it appears daunting for beginners being so high up the mountain and it also requires an upgraded lift ticket. Lifts A, B, C can also see some crowds as its right outside the base lodge. Ski on the west side of the mountain to avoid all crowds and use Lifts E and F.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will find themselves quite bored at Elk Mountain with no facilities and activities to keep them entertained. It's best to consider going to another resort or perhaps consider driving an hour toward the Poconos where there is a range of winter activities such as snow tubing or dogsledding. Chet's Place is the closest place that offers beautiful scenic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing!


Elk Mountain is great for families whose focus is on skiing and snowboarding with nicely groomed cruisers for the whole family to ski down together. The base might not have the kids facilities or activities that might be found at other large resorts, but its family-friendly vibe is enough to keep any powderhound families happy.

Elk Mountain Ski Resort

Elk Mountain Ski ResortCamelback Mountain Resort
beginner22 %32 %
intermediate37 %33 %
advanced41 %32 %
expert-3 %
total runs27 37
ski area180ac 160ac
summit elevation2,692ft 2,100ft
total lifts7 16
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$67 $67
back country
value for money
average total snowfall14″ 24″

Save up to 32% when you book a Elk Mountain Ski Resort package!

View Elk Mountain Ski Resort packages

Elk Mountain Ski Resort Reviews

Very Good 4 / 5
based on 8 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders


How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?


How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders


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


Quality of the off-piste terrain


Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

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


Quantity and quality of the snow


How uncrowded is the resort


Après ski and dining options


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


How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Sep 04, 2019
Elk Mountain Ski Resort ReviewsWilliam P.
advanced skier
This is as close as you get to Vermont skiing in Pennsylvania. From cruising laid back groomed trails to heart pumping black diamond headwalls, Elk has it, come and get it!... More
Average!3.4 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Elk Mountain Ski Resort ReviewsTory S.
expert snowboarder
Snow is good for PA , but mountain isn’t too challenging. Coming from the Philly area though, it’s much more of a hike, in which in that case would probably rather head up further north into New York or Vermont.... More
Good!3.8 / 5May 03, 2019
Elk Mountain Ski Resort ReviewsPatrick K.
advanced skier
Oak Mountain is an amazing ski resort in northeast Pennsylvania. It is sort of in a remote part which makes it even better. It is an intermediate Mountain with decent Double Diamonds, and really good entry-level trails. The lodge is really cozy and has a huge elk mounted above a big fireplace. It is very welcoming and friendly staff. It's notta... More
Average!3.4 / 5Jan 14, 2019
Elk Mountain Ski Resort ReviewsJohn C.
advanced snowboarder
Probably one of the best skier's mountains in the area. Mostly blues and actual blacks. Love the night skiing. The lift system could definitely be better and the lodge is basic, but the snow more than makes up for it.... More
Average!2.9 / 5Nov 24, 2017
BSBen S.
expert skier
Elk Meadows isn't Elk Meadows anymore (and hasn't been for a long time). It's Eagle Point. I love it because our is what skiing was way back before big ski conglomerates took over. It's small, friendly, uncrowded, inexpensive, and fun. ... More
Superb!5 / 5Sep 29, 2017
DBWDavid B W.
This is absolutely the best Vermont has to offer, with the shortest distance from the Jersey Shore. If you live on the jersey shore you may know what i mean. otherwise your stuck with Vernon based mountain creek..which is now only for snowboarders i think. and blows. so go here instead. or dont. And let the people that know about it keep it a... More
Superb!5 / 5Dec 25, 2013
Elk is close to where I live in PA. It makes for a great day trip. They have the best snowmaking in PA and it is always consistant. Not only are their staff warm and friendly, the people who frequent the mountain are equally as friendly. Never a quiet lift ride up the mountain. They have good food in the cafe and the restaurant and it is extremely... More
Very Good!4 / 5Sep 09, 2011
It's easy to get to (right on interstate), great beginner and intermediate slops for the kids and inexperienced, and great, convenient shopping/restaurants.

Other ski resorts in Pennsylvania

Montage Mountain
35% 30% 35%