We have shortlisted a some of the top rated ski resorts in the Poconos, this is the closest skiing destination near NYC with some of the best skiing areas in the United States.

This area of perfect for total beginners and also advanced level skiers, and it is only a few hours drive from New York City. 

So switch ON your proprioceptive mode and head down to any (or all) of the best skiing spots located near NYC.


1. Jack Frost and Big Boulder

Jack Frost and Big Boulder

JackFrost and Big Boulders are two separate yet complementary mountains that share lift tickets and amenities but are separated by about 2 miles of scenic country road.

JackFrost ski resort is fifty years old and Big Boulders is nearly 75 years old. People choose these two ski resorts as the ideal place for winter sports due to the slopes and spectacular views.

Features & Amenities:

  • Big Boulder has FIVE terrain parks while JackFrost has TWO
  • JackFrost with its 600 ft trail is a place you should not miss out on.
  • The easiest trails of JackFrost are found on the left side. These trails get hard every time you move forward.
  • Snowboarding and skiing lessons are available in both JackFrost and Big Boulders.
  • JackFrost offers 12 lifts(4 Beginners, 6 Intermediate and 8 advanced) and 20 trails, whereas Big Boulders 15 slopes and trails serviced by 8 lifts.
  • No need to buy passes for each of the resorts separately. As you can enjoy visiting both places with just one ski pass

JackFrost-434 Jack Frost Mountain Rd, White Haven, PA 18661.
Big Boulders- 357 Big Boulder Dr, Lake Harmony, PA 18624.

Opening Times:
Big Boulders ski area- Saturday & Sunday(12 to 8pm), Monday to Friday(3 to 8pm). JackFrost- 7 days a week- 9 am to 4 pm.

Distance From New York City:
105 miles (1 hr 56 min) via I-80E
129 miles (2 hr 27 min) via I-78E


2. Camelback Resort

Camelback Resort

Whether it is adaptive skiing or snowboarding lessons, Camelback mountain is well equipped to accommodate newbies and pros. An equipment rental shop is also available on-site, hence, you don’t need to carry your equipment.

The resort has a total of 35 slopes with the longest one at a length of 0.88 miles. Not to forget, the vertical drop of 800 feet, two terrain parks and 15 lifts add more value to the place.

Features & Amenities:

  • 39 trails spanning 166 acres 
  • Aquatopia indoor park
  • Snowboarding and skiing lessons for all
  • Black Bear 6- a new high-speed lift included in the fun winter sports recently
  • Terrain parks are expanded for more fun
  • More than 60 snow tubing lanes operate day and night
  • Two magical carpet lifts, 44 lightning-fast lanes
  • Galactic tubing with disco music and lightning
  • Complementary snow tubing from Monday to Friday with a purchase of an unlimited pass 

301 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372

Opening Times:
Check online for latest up to date information.

Distance from New York City:
85.9 miles (1 hr 35 min) via I-80E
98.8 miles (2 hr 02 min) via I-78E
111 miles (2 hr 09 min) via PA-33S and I-78E


3. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Located right outside Stroudsburg, Shawnee Mountain ski area will leave you in awe of its location and the various winter sports it offers. On top of that, the top-class ski lessons by experts make Shawnee Mountain ski resort the best place to learn skiing from scratch.

Features & Amenities:

  • 2 terrain parks
  • Summit elevation of 1350 height
  • Total 9 lifts- 4 Surface, 4 double lifts, 1 fixed grip quad chair, 1 high-speed detachable quad chair
  • 23 slopes and trails
  • Night skiing and snow tubing 
  • 125 skiable acres for skiing and riding
  • A very well-equipped Trepp food court

401 Hollow Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Opening Times:
7 days a week (9 am to 3:30 pm)

Distance from New York City:
77.0 miles (1 hr 27 min) via I-80E
82.0 miles (1 hr 32 min) via I-80E and NJ-3E
89.9 miles (1 hr 55 min) via I-78E


4. Blue Mountain Skiing Area

Blue Mountain Skiing Area

Blue Mountain Skiing Area is home to a plethora of winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. It also hosts local, regional and national skiing events. Blue Mountain has 40 customized trails that match the skills of every skier and rider.

Features & Amenities:

  • 1082 feet vertical
  • Scenic Lift Rides
  • Skiing Lessons
  • Equipment rental and repair shop
  • Pub & Grill
  • Ski Lessons for kids and beginners

1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton, PA 18071

Opening Times:
Mon-Fri: 9a-9p, Sat & Sun: 8a-9p, Holidays: 8a-9p

Distance from New York City:
99.7 miles (1 hr 54 min) via I-78E
95.2 miles (1 hr 54 min) via I-78 Express E/Phillipsburg–Newark Expy and I-78 E.
101 miles (1 hr 57 min) via I-80E


Where to Stay?

Pick a cozy hotel or vacation rental located near the ski areas. Look for amenities and the number of people a vacation home can accommodate if you plan to travel with your family or as part of a group. Poconos has many options to choose from.