Pennsylvania has 23 open ski resorts, most of which are either located in the Pocono Mountains in the east or the Laurel Highlands in the bottom-central of the state.
List of All Pennsylvania Ski Resorts
The Poconos have the highest concentration of ski resorts, with almost half of PA’s total located in the eastern side of the state.
Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’
Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
The Most Difficult Pennsylvania Ski Resorts
Blue Knob Ski Resort near Altoona is rated as the most difficult ski resort in Pennsylvania. With only 15% of its trails rated for beginners, this resort also has the second highest vertical drop in the state.
The next four resorts that round out the top 5 most challenging ski resorts in PA are all located in the Pocono Mountains.
The Easiest Ski Resorts in Pennsylvania
The easiest ski resort in PA is also the easiest in all of North America according to our data. Boyce Park is a small slope in Pittsburgh that is within a park managed by Allegheny County. Laurel Mountain comes in second place, as the smallest ski resort in the Laurel Highlands. It was actually closed up until recently, and was resurrected in 2016. It along with Hidden Valley and Seven Springs were sold to the Vail company in 2021.
The Largest Ski Resorts in Pennsylvania
Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?
Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.
Blue Knob Ski Resort is the largest in the state, mostly due to it having the highest summit elevation, by almost 400 feet. It also comes in near the top in vertical drop, base elevation and number of trails.
Seven Springs has the most skiable acreage in PA, and Blue Mountain has the most trails as well as the steepest vertical drop. In 2022, Seven Springs also unveiled the only 22-foot super pipe in the east!