August 14, 2017
A ski vacation is more than a holiday: It’s an opportunity for adventure. Family bonding. Quality time. Love. Whether you’re a member of your local snowboarding club or a nervous first-time skier, Skytop Lodge in the Poconos provides a majestic wonderland perfect for winter sports. Enjoy leisurely cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on our 5,500-acre property, or head to West Mountain and tackle on of our four dedicated ski slopes.
What to Bring
Most skiing essentials seem like a no-brainer. However, if you’re new to winter sports or hail from sunnier climes, this list can be a lifesaver.
Snow Time to Wait
Even the most experienced skiers have something to learn. That’s why many ski and snowboard instructors have their proverbial dance cards packed well before the powder. If you’re interested in booking private or group lessons, schedule instruction well in advance. Skytop Lodge offers snowboarding instruction for ages 7+ and a ski school with 50-minute educational classes for ages four and up. Lessons are structured based on experience level, with classes for beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate skiers. Private and semi-private lessons are also available. Reservations are required.
Safety on the Slopes
Skiing safety should be a top priority when visiting the Poconos for winter recreation. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) recommends skiing with a partner, especially if you’re a first timer. While there’s no legal requirement to wear a helmet, head protection is also suggested. Studies in the British Medical Journal found that the risk of general head injury decreases 35% when your noggin’ is covered. Once you’re suited up for skiing, follow the NSAA’s Smart Style rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation in the Poconos.
Skiing in the Pocono Mountains can be incredibly rewarding. The views from West Mountain at Skytop Lodge are phenomenal, with emerald green pine forests and snowy white peaks for miles. The powder is finely packed and the slopes well-groomed. Plan in advance and stay safe on the slopes to ensure that you have the perfect Poconos ski vacay.