Snow season is here, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic skiers are looking to hit the slopes and find the perfect downhill trail. Dedicated skiers can travel a little farther from home, find some superior skiing, and enjoy some cabin fever reliever time as well.
Elk Mountain, located in The Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, is the answer for a lot of the winter crowd. This hidden gem, one of the first commercial ski areas to open in Pennsylvania, sees skiers returning year after year to take advantage of some of the most challenging skiing in the region.
With more than 180 skiable acres, Elk Mountain offers something for every level of ability. Its 27 runs include six beginner, 10 intermediate, and 11 advanced trails, with a vertical drop of around 1,000 feet. In addition to the 5 feet of natural snow that the resort receives each season, a recently renovated snowmaking system covers all of the terrain, which is serviced by six lifts (including one quad and five double chairlifts).
Despite the fact that the ski area first opened in 1959, it has all of the modern amenities that skiers have come to expect, including a large, sunlit day lodge and a restaurant that offers stunning views of the ski slopes and surrounding mountains, as well as a snack bar, ski and snowboard shop, and a ski school. The resort was rated in the top 10 in the East in the categories of snowmaking, grooming, and value by readers of Ski Magazine.
“What’s really wonderful about The Endless Mountains area — in addition to great skiing — is that Elk Mountain and the innkeepers here have collaborated to offer great ‘Ski and Stay’ packages to encourage guests to come spend a little more time in the area so that they can explore all that we have to offer,” said Morgan Christopher, who promotes The Endless Mountains area, adding that Elk Mountain is “Vermont without the drive.”
After a full day of skiing, visitors can take advantage of a range of dining options, including the Stone Bridge Inn and Restaurant, Fern Hall Inn, and Bingham’s Restaurant (where the large servings of comfort food are sure to warm up anyone after a day on the slopes). There’s shopping in downtown Montrose, as well as art studios and antique shops. And what better way to end the day than with a stop at Endless Brewing to enjoy a microbrew before heading back to a cozy hotel, country inn, vacation rental, or bed-and-breakfast?
Insider tip: To learn more about Ski and Stay packages, visit elkskier.com.
Endless Mountains Tourism: endlessmountains.org