Experience the thrill of winter in the Poconos, where the landscape transforms into a snowy paradise and adventure awaits at every turn! The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania have long been a haven for snow enthusiasts and lovers of all things cozy and warm. In this blog, we invite you to embark on an exciting journey through the snow-capped hills and charming towns, discovering the best local ski areas where you can carve through powdery slopes and experience the pure joy of winter sports. But the fun doesn’t end on the slopes – join us as we uncover the coziest spots to relax and enjoy some delicious bites, all while surrounded by the welcoming spirit of the Poconos. Get ready to bundle up, explore, and create unforgettable memories in the heart of this winter wonderland!
It wouldn’t be winter in the Poconos without fun on the slopes. The Poconos are known the world over as a top northeast ski destination, and Jack Frost and Big Boulder stand as the crown jewels of winter adventure. Jack Frost offers impeccably groomed slopes and thrilling trails catering to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, making it an ideal destination for families and avid winter sports enthusiasts alike. Come enjoy S’More Fun at Jack Frost Lodge every Saturday at 1:00pm, until supplies last. And don’t miss, Topsy Turvy Day at Jack Frost on Saturday, February 3, 2024 – ALL DAY and FREE! Meanwhile, at Big Boulder, you’ll find the excitement of night skiing, where the slopes come alive under the stars, adding an extra layer of magic to your winter experience. You can even get equipment tune-up & repairs at The Tune-Up Shops located in the Rental shops at JFBB. And you can also brush up on your skills at their Ski & Snowboard School. They offer ski and snowboard lessons for Adult Groups, Child Groups, and Private Lessons.
Camelback Resort is another top destination. With its diverse range of trails catering to beginners, intermediates, and experts, it offers a skiing and snowboarding experience perfect for anyone. What really sets Camelback apart is its expansive snow tubing park, where visitors can experience the exhilarating rush of zooming down the slopes, making it a fantastic choice for those seeking winter fun beyond traditional skiing. Additionally, there are a plethora of dining options, like Berrelli’s Italian Chophouse and Trails End Pub & Grille just to name a few. After a day on the slopes, indulge in a delicious meal and reminisce about the day’s events in an incredibly cozy, comfortable atmosphere. Mark your calendars for two events you won’t want to miss! Boarding For Breast Cancer, happening MLK weekend, Saturday, January 20, 2024 and Freezin’ For A Reason on Saturday, February 10, 2024, with proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.
With over 140 skiable acres, 27 trails, night skiing, and routes for anyone from beginner to expert, Montage Mountain is another great choice for winter fun. They offer tubing and ski/snowboard lessons, as well!
With 40 trails ranging from beginner to expert, there’s something for every level of skier or snowboarder at Blue Mountain Resort. You’ll find gear rental, onsite tuning and repairs, snow tubing, and everything you need for great winter memories here!
Have your own gear and just need some tune-ups or repair? You’re in luck. Peterson’s Ski & Cycle offers gear rental, repairs, apparel, equipment, and more. The Alpine Ski Shop is another favorite, near Camelback. They may be the area’s largest off-site gear rental and apparel store. They offer complete package rentals, and even offer a free Shuttle Service (with paid parking).
Here are a few great restaurants in the area you want to try.
Boulder View Tavern, overlooking Big Boulder Lake, is a great place to warm up after a day on the slopes. Enjoy live music Thursday thru Saturday, and Happy Hour on Tuesday-Thursday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
Nick’s Lake House is another area favorite. They offer live entertainment from Friday-Sunday and also have a great brunch on Sundays from 8:00am – 11:45am.
Looking to party into the evening, then head over to Shenanigans in Lake Harmony for some epic fun. You can sing your heart out during Karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00pm. They also feature a DJ and night club atmosphere if you want to dance the night away!
And if you want to dial things up a notch, make your dinner reservations at Louie’s Prime Steakhouse in Lake Harmony. Chef Jose and his staff have put together a menu that’s sure to feature something that you’ll love. And it’s long been known as some of the best food in the Poconos!
The Poconos promise a winter getaway like no other. Whether you’re carving down the mountainside, experiencing the thrill of snow tubing, or unwinding by the fireplace in the cozy ambiance of the resorts and local bars and restaurants, the memories forged here will not soon be forgotten. Ready to embark on your snowy journey? Plan your Poconos getaway today by booking one of our amazing Pocono Mountain Rentals properties, and let the magic of winter unfold in this enchanting mountain paradise.Greg Petrillo