9 Unique Ways to Experience Pennsylvania Ski Areas this Winter

Embrace the winter season and enjoy some quality time in the outdoors by planning a snow day at one of Pennsylvania’s 22 ski area resorts. And, for those non-skiers in the group, fear not.  There is plenty of fun to be had slopeside, skis optional.  Here’s a few ideas to get you started.  


1. Snow Tubing

Reignite your inner child and go snow tubing. This is the perfect outing for everyone. Just hop on an inflatable rubber tube and experience the thrill of going downhill. Best of all, unlike traditional sledding you don’t have to make the trek back up the mountain as most resorts offer a conveyor lift to take you back to the top.

2. Night-Time Skiing

night time skiing slopes

Count the stars and make a wish as you carve your way down the slopes at night. Many PA resorts are open for night-time skiing from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and you’ll save some money, too, as it’s usually one of the most affordable times to ski.

3. Snowshoeing

Get your heart-pumping and explore the scenic snowy landscape on snowshoes. Mount Pleasant offers an extensive trail network and each trail access pass also includes a chairlift ride.

4. Coaster

Experience the thrill of the mountains by coaster. The Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster at Camelback cruises through the trees and down the steep slopes of Camelback Mountain for an exhilarating ride not to beat.

5. Dogsledding

dogsledding at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Bundle up in your winter warmest and head to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for an experience of a lifetime. Tour the picturesque countryside by sled or dogsled to be exact. Let the talented team of Huskies take you over the snow and through the woods at 20 mph to grandmother’s house and beyond.

6. Spa Life

Pamper yourself with a spa experience. Whether you need to relieve sore muscles from a strenuous day on the slopes or simply want to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit, many PA ski resorts like the Trillium at Seven Springs offer an array of spa services to help you get re-energized.

7. Learn to Ski

people learning to Ski

Want to share your love for skiing and snowboarding with your bestie? Sign up to Take the Bring A Friend Challenge. The best way for newcomers to learn is by taking lessons from a professional instructor. It’s a win-win. They learn to ski, and you have a chance to win some awesome ski rewards just for helping to share the love.

8. Enjoy the Views

Enjoy your favorite cocktail at the highest vertical in PA. Blue Mountain Resort’s Slopeside Bar and Grill features breathtaking views of the Poconos and a robust menu designed for every member of the family.

9. Ice Skating

kids ice skating on ice rink

Spend the day gliding. Invite your friends to lace up their skates and enjoy the day on the brand new ice skating pond at Liberty Mountain. It’s located in the beautifully landscaped Alpine courtyard, the ideal setting for a refreshing day on the rink.

For more winter ski vacation ideas in Pennsylvania, check out SkiPA.com or visit their Facebook page for the latest events and news this season. Don’t forget to follow visitPA on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state.