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“Best in Pennsylvania, and probably the Mid-Atlantic”

Elk Mountain Ski Resort
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Owner description: One thousand feet of vertical challenge with 27 slopes and trails to challenge skiers and boarders of all ability levels.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Let me preface this review by saying I have skied Seven Springs, JFBB, Camelback, Bear Creek, and Blue Mountain in PA as well as NH and VT resorts. Elk mountain is significantly better than any of the PA resorts I've been to in snow quality and terrain, and really is closer to a small New England Ski area in nature. I visited the day after it had downpoured and then gone below freezing that night, and to not hit a single icy patch all day is a testament to how good Elk's grooming is. The lodge is not fancy by any means, and the lifts are probably the slowest I've ridden, but that's not what Elk is about. The plain lodge, slow lifts, and remote location also meant that the busloads of unskilled skiers and snowboarders that tend to flock to other NEPA resorts and cause long lift lines and frustration. I never waited in line all day, and the only people you see on the black diamonds at Elk are the people who actually belong there. The trails are not as long or challenging as you would find in New England, but they're designed well and really make the most out of the terrain available. You can get in a surprisingly long run here, and most of the trails have character and are not just broad slopes cut straight down the mountain. So, if you're looking for a beautiful lodge with a gourmet restaurant and an accompanying resort, Elk's not your place. But if you want uncrowded, serious skiing in excellent conditions without any of the long lift lines or other frustrations that accompany PA skiing, Elk is the best and it isn't really that close. So make the extra drive up, it's worth it.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We recently visited and enjoyed our day of skiing!!! We normally ski at Camelback but decided to travel a little further North and we are glad we did! The mountain was well groomed and not crowded at all!!! Will return next year!!!

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Elk Mt. is the Best ski resort in beyond the Poconos and is worth the drive. Lots of long trails,towering pine trees and great snow conditions. Not much around this town so the crowds are limited. There is not a single high-speed lift,but it doesn't seem to matter,because the resort is awesome and scenic.Mostly intermediate and expert trails. Lots of good skiers/riders here.

Thank Mary A
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is the best skiing in PA. On a recent Sunday, we had excellent conditions and enjoyed the 1000 ft. of vertical the mountain presents. The staff is always friendly and courteous. The lift lines were reasonable (if any). The terrain is varied enough to entertain anyone from beginner to expert. The restaurant is a great place to enjoy a beer after finishing your day. I highly recommend Elk.

Thank Shawnola
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

By driving about and hour and 15 minutes, we can experience a great, local ski area! The slopes are nice and long and wide; great for us "older" skiers. The keep the snow well-groomed. Lifts are strictly old-school: no high-speed quads here. But, we don't mind. The lodge is not overly large, but had a nice atmosphere. Late season, midweek is a great time to go...small crowds.

Thank Chris W
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