Elk Mountain Ski Resort

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Elk Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Pennsylvania in USA. The resort is in the town of Union Dale, PA.

We recently ranked all of Pennsylvania's ski resorts, so you can see where Elk Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Elk Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Elk Mountain Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Elk Mountain's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Elk Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Elk Mountain Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Elk Mountain has a total of 27 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Elk Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 180 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 73 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Elk Mountain's slopes see on average 60 inches (18 m) of snowfall a year.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
180(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall
60"(1,829 cm)

Elk Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Elk Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 2,693 feet, or 821 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,693 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,000 feet (305 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Elk Mountain's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
2,693'(821 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,000'(305 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,693'(516 m)

Elk Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
46.1out of 100
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Elk Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 78% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski 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.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Elk Mountain has 180 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Elk Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 22% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 78%.
Green Circle
22%(40 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
37%(67 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
41%(74 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Elk Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Elk Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 78% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Elk Mountain Ski Resort Location

Elk Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Union Dale, PA.

Union Dale, PA 18470 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
41.72000, -75.55000

Getting to Elk Mountain Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Elk Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 41.72000, -75.55000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Union Dale, PA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Elk Mountain Ski Resort.

Syracuse Hancock International AirportSYRSyracuse, NY100 mi
Newark Liberty International AirportEWRNew York, NJ101 mi
LaGuardia AirportLGANew York, NY109 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Elk Mountain.

Wilkes Barre Scranton International AirportAVPWilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA28 mi
Greater Binghamton/Edwin A Link fieldBGMBinghamton, NY40 mi
Ithaca Tompkins Regional AirportITHIthaca, NY71 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Elk Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Elk Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Montage MountainScranton, PA1,960 ft44%26 mi
Whitetail MountainMercersburg, PA1,800 ft39%35 mi
Bear Creek MountainMacungie, PA1,110 ft35%36 mi
Jack FrostWhite Haven, PA2,000 ft41%43 mi
Big BoulderLake Harmony, PA2,175 ft30%46 mi
Camelback MountainTannersville, PA2,050 ft38%47 mi
Holiday MountainMonticello, NY1,300 ft34%48 mi
Shawnee MountainEast Stroudsburg, PA1,350 ft36%54 mi
RoundtopUnityville, PA1,400 ft41%56 mi
Plattekill MountainRoxbury, NY3,500 ft47%60 mi
SawkillWallkill, NY2,215 ft12%71 mi
Mountain CreekHackettstown, NJ1,480 ft40%72 mi
Mt. PeterGreenwood Lake, NY1,250 ft35%73 mi
Hunter MountainHunter, NY3,200 ft53%74 mi
Labrador MountainTruxton, NY1,825 ft37%75 mi
Snow RidgeTurin, NY2,000 ft37%78 mi
Windham MountainWindham, NY3,100 ft49%78 mi
Tuxedo RidgeCentral Valley, NY1,400 ft29%79 mi
ToggenburgFabius, NY1,780 ft37%79 mi
Song MountainTully, NY1,940 ft23%80 mi
Winter4Kids (Youth Only)Vernon Twp, NJ1,435 ft43%82 mi
Campgaw MountainMahwah, NJ720 ft14%83 mi
Dry HillWaterton, NY950 ft33%89 mi
Spring MountainSchwenksville, PA528 ft25%100 mi

Elk Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation2,693 ft
Base Elevation1,693 ft
Vertical Drop1,000 ft
(22% Beginner,  37% Intermediate,  41% Expert)
Skiable Acres180
Avg. Annual Snowfall60 inches
Elk Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats
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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.