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Great Snow Sports Destinations for Main Line Families

Eastern PA boasts an array of top-notch resorts that cater to families seeking thrilling adventures on the slopes.

As we long for winter to blanket the East Coast in a pristine layer of snow, families in Pennsylvania eagerly embrace the snowy wonderland that transforms their favorite outdoor spaces into a winter paradise. In this list, we highlight nearby snow sports destinations and encourage families to explore what Eastern PA has to offer. You don’t have to go far to create lasting family memories on the slopes this winter!

5 Day Trip Destinations for Snow Sports

Pennsylvania (and NJ) boast an array of top-notch snow sports locations that cater to families seeking thrilling adventures on the slopes. From the picturesque Pocono Mountains to the charming Alleghenies, we delve into the best destinations for an unforgettable snow-filled getaway. Listed in order of driving distance from the Main Line area, these resorts offer an ideal blend of adventure and family-friendly amenities.

Ski lessons for kids of all ages at Bear Creek Mountain

Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Macungie, PA

Bear Creek, in nearby Macungie, PA, isn’t just a day trip — it’s a getaway. The resort boasts an onsite hotel and lodging options, ensuring that your ski adventure seamlessly blends with comfort and convenience. After a day on the slopes, unwind in the cozy embrace of accommodations tailored to meet every traveler’s needs.

Blue Mountain Resort

1660 Blue Mountain Dr, Palmerton, PA

Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, Blue Mountain Resort, in Palmerton, PA, gears up for its 46th snow sports season, opening on December 1st. Offering skiers and snowboarders a winter wonderland just a short drive from Philadelphia and New York, the resort boasts Pennsylvania’s highest vertical at 1,820 feet. With cutting-edge snowmaking technology, 171 skiable acres, and 40 diverse trails catering to all skill levels, Blue Mountain promises an exciting playground for winter adventurers. From gentle beginner trails to challenging expert runs and exclusive terrain parks, the resort ensures thrills for every level. The renowned 46-lane Snow Tubing Park, one of the country’s largest, opens on December 8th, promising an adrenaline-packed experience. Get ready for a season of snow-capped thrills and unforgettable moments at Blue Mountain Resort in the enchanting Pocono Mountains.

Big SNOW American Dream

1 American Dream Wy, East Rutherford, NJ

Families, get ready for the ultimate winter adventure at Big SNOW American Dream. It’s the first and only real-snow, indoor ski and snowboard resort in North America, open year-round! Boasting a vast including 150,000 square feet of slopes, this winter wonderland is tailor-made for unforgettable family moments. With two Magic Carpet Surface Lifts, a Fixed Grip Quad Chairlift, and a Poma Platter Surface Lift, everyone in the family can effortlessly glide to new heights, enjoying the thrill of skiing and snowboarding in a controlled, frosty atmosphere. Maintained at a cool 28 degrees Fahrenheit, this extraordinary venue provides a consistent all-weather setting, allowing families to indulge in their winter passion any time of the year. Winter fun for the whole family awaits at Big SNOW American Dream!

Camelback Resort & Indoor Waterpark

193 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA

Camelback Ski Resort is one of the premier skiing and winter sports destinations in the Poconos. The resort has packages to fit every budget, and instructors pride themselves on their “learn here, learn right” principle. There is onsite lodging at Camelback Lodge or vacation rentals just off-site. The resort just added a fun new “galactic snow tubing” course, too, for nighttime fun.

Jack Frost Big Boulder

434 Jack Frost Mountain Rd, White Haven, PA

Whether it’s your first day on a board or you want to take on new terrain, the world-class instructors at Jack Frost Big Boulder have a lesson for everyone! With world-class skiing and snowboarding, delicious dining, family-friendly events, snow tubing and challenging uphill trails, you’re sure to find fun for the whole family.

Essential Gear for Snowboarding and Skiing

Preparing for a day of snow sports on the slopes requires the right gear. Explore comprehensive checklists for both skiing and snowboarding, ensuring that families are well-equipped for a safe and enjoyable snowsports experience. Be sure to lather up any exposed areas of skin with SPF 30+.

Winter Apparel

  • Waterproof jackets and pants
  • Insulated gloves or mittens
  • Thermal base layers
  • Moisture-wicking socks


  • Ski/snowboard helmet
  • Goggles with UV protection


  • Insulated and waterproof boots
  • Ensure proper boot fit for skiing/snowboarding


  • Skis/snowboard with appropriate bindings
  • Ski poles (for skiing)
  • Sturdy snowboard boots (for snowboarding)
  • Snowboard bindings (for snowboarding)

Apres-Ski and Snowboarding Activities

The fun doesn’t end after a day of snow sports. Warm up after a day on the snow at cozy fireside retreats, handpicked for their charm and comfort. Discover family-friendly apres-ski entertainment and relax in snowboarder’s delight spots, offering the perfect ambiance for post-ride gatherings. Grab a hot cocoa or a waffle for an cozy and relaxing post-skiing experience. Many resorts also offer hot tubs, ice skating, tubing, and various winter entertainment options for families.

Pennsylvania’s winter wonderland provides an unparalleled backdrop for families seeking snow-filled adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned snowsports enthusiast or a first-time explorer, this comprehensive guide ensures that your family’s winter escapades are filled with excitement, safety, and cherished moments that will last a lifetime. Embrace the snowy magic and embark on a journey to create winter memories that will become family traditions for years to come.

Main Line Parent Business Development Manager. Email jeannette@familyfocus.org.