Shawnee Ski Resort is an eastern Pennsylvania ski resort that can be found in the Poconos area. With a top elevation of 1,300 feet and a vertical drop of 700 feet, this resort offers enough thrills to keep even the most skilled skiers and snowboarders happy. There are 23 total runs, and as is true of many ski resorts across the country, a collection of terrain parks offer prime areas to work on your tricks. If you're not ready to hit the terrain parks or some of the harder trails, a quarter of the total runs at the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area are beginner runs. It is also worth noting that it is possible to book skiing or snowboarding lessons before or after you arrive.
The Shawnee Mountain Ski Area opened in 1975 and has been one of the top ski resorts in the area ever since. Just an hour and a half away by car is the New York City Metropolitan Area, and it's only about a two-hour drive if you're coming from Philadelphia. A good time on the slopes is what draws visitors in, and while the slopes can get crowded from time to time, a newer high-speed quad chairlift helps to keep the lines moving. You can get from the base of the mountain to the top in just three minutes on the Tomahawk Express. Ten total lifts are in place to get skiers and snowboarders to all points on the mountain, and these lifts also include a triple chairlift and four doubles. Surface lifts are in place for the beginner's areas, and the entire terrain can be illuminated for night skiing.
Many ski areas, such as the nearby Camelback Ski Area, have snow tubing parks. Such is the case at the Shawnee Ski Resort. Should you purchase tickets for the snow tubing park, seven different chutes await you. After cruising down to the bottom on your inner tube, you can hop on a surface lift to get you back to the top. Some of the chutes are single person chutes, while the others allow for two-person tandem runs. Regardless of whether you are planning on skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing at the Shawnee Ski Resort, you can generally expect the conditions to be good. The resort gets about 50 inches of natural snow on an average annual basis, and it can adequately cover its terrain with manmade snow as well.
The Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is a relatively complete ski area. On the weekends, visitors can participate in NASTAR races to see how their times line up against other visitors and national champions, and regardless of when you show up, it is possible to rent equipment onsite. It is also possible to purchase skiing and snowboarding gear at the resort's ski shop, and there are enough dining options to keep visitors content. Soups, salads, pizza, burgers, chili, nachos, sandwiches, and chicken nuggets are just some of the things that are on offer at the on-mountain eateries. Rounding out the amenities here are the ski and safety patrol, the tuning and repair center, and the on-premise babysitting services. As for Shawnee Ski Area lodging, there aren't any accommodations at the base. That being said, you have the full range of Poconos hotels at your disposal.
When searching for Shawnee Ski Area lodging, you might keep the ski and stay packages in mind. The resort has teamed up with area lodging establishments to offer these enticing packages, and you might be surprised at how affordable the rates can be. Among the general Shawnee Ski Area lodging options are resorts, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, condos, and cottages, so finding the right accommodations fit should be a breeze. Perhaps you'll book a stay at the historic Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, as it is the closest resort to the slopes. The Fernwood Hotel & Resort offers both hotel rooms and villas and is also just minutes from the mountain. On the more affordable side of things, the nearby Budget Inn & Suites offers fantastic rates, not to mention complimentary continental breakfasts and free Wi-Fi.
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