The Best Time for Skiing in the Poconos

Jan 5, 2018

The Poconos is prime ski territory. While the average U.S. city gets 26 inches of snow per year, Mount Pocono sees more than twice that! Temperatures plummet into the teens by January, guaranteeing that the slopes will stay icy throughout the season. When is the best time for skiing in the Poconos? December through early March, guests flock to Pennsylvania from around the globe to take advantage of awe-inspiring winter views and ski resorts that are more comfortable (and less crowded) than destinations like Maine’s Sugarloaf or the Catskills in New York.

The Start

Ski season in the Pocono Mountains typically starts around mid to late November, with most area resorts open by December 1. Of course, Mother Nature isn’t always on a timetable. In 2016, for example, unseasonably warm temperatures halted the official start of the ski season. The following year, ski resorts across the area began to manufacture fresh powder the second the first snowfall hit in November, in anticipation of the season. The four runs on West Mountain at Skytop Lodge typically open in December, with ski and snowboarding rentals at just $24 per day for guests. Families can also enroll in ski school with 50-minute lessons for beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate levels.

Cross-Country Adventures

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for packed powder or open slopes to start cross-country skiing in the Poconos. Also known as Nordic skiing, this snow sport involves propelling yourself on groomed tracks using only your skis, poles and the movement of your body. It might sound easier than traditional skiing or snowboarding, but it still requires athleticism and muscle strength. Cross-country season starts as soon as the snow piles up enough to create a solid base. To get started you’ll need basic ski gear and equipment. Contact Skytop Lodge at 855-345-7759 for information about cross-country skiing on the resort’s 5,500-acre property.

Beyond the Slopes

The Poconos is a popular area for many winter activities, not just skiing. Visitors can snowshoe mountain trails, take a sleigh ride, and go sledding or snow tubing with their families on the various local runs. Bundle up in your cold-weather gear and take a hike in the snow or glide across the ice on Skytop’s weather-protected outdoor rink. If you’ve never been ice fishing (or even if you have), you can also try your hand at catching bass, pickerel and more at Skytop’s private trout stream. Afraid to cast off on your own? Call 570-595-8929 to set up a three-hour fly fishing trip with one of our experienced guides.

Just a short drive from Philadelphia or New York City, the Poconos is a thrilling destination for skiing enthusiasts. There’s no bad time in the winter for skiing or snowboarding here with the whole family. From late November through early March, visitors can immerse themselves in snow sports and activities at Skytop Lodge in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountain region. Book a stay with us today – your winter adventure awaits!