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Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Union Dale

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Pennsylvania's Best Skiing. Vermont without the drive. 180 acres of skiable terrain, 1000 feet of vertical drop, 27 slopes and trails, 95% snowmaking, 5 double chairs, 1 quad chair and a surface tow. Top 10 in the East in the categories of snowmaking, grooming and value in the Ski Magazine Readers Survey and in the Snow East Readers Survey.
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  • By far better then anything in Poconos. It is bigger than Camelback or Shawnee, offers better variety terrain, longer trails. For me it is extra hour to drive, but it well worth it. They have night sk...  read more »
  • 2/13/16- We love Elk Mountain and today was no different. The conditions (except for the - 15 WC) were great. The snow was well groomed and not very crowded for Presidents` weekend. The only draw back...  read more »
  • The best part of Elk is the good slopes, grooming, the pine trees. The lifts are slow, but this is a plus because it cannot bring too many people to the top at the same time and as a result the slopes...  read more »
  • Always a pleasure skiing here. “Pennsylvania powder” comes with the latitude, but it’s rarely a concern because the Elk crew makes lemonade from even the worst of seasons. There’s a good variety of trails given the size of the mountain. You don’t dread riding the lift with a stranger, because most other ticket holders are cordial and happy to shoot the breeze. The lodge can get hectic on peak days, but every time I’ve needed a table I’ve found one. For those in the greater metro area, it’s an experience that’s certainly worth the extra travel time.
  • After hearing from many friend and fellow skiers how great Elk is and how it's worth the extra 35 min drive (from Philly area) over the other ski resorts, I had very high expectations for this place. It certainly met my expectations as the crowds were very manageable (especially for a Saturday). The lift lines were ALL less than 5 min for the entire afternoon and evening. The trails were very well maintained and had much longer runs than many other comparable PA resorts. If you are going for the first time, be aware that there is a mini shuttle that takes you from the parking lot to the lodge/ticket booth. Also, be aware that lift tickets for any time slots go on sale a half hour before hand. We tried to buy our 12:30 pm tickets, but had to wait 20 min for them to go on sale since we arrived too early. If possible, I would highly recommend bringing your belongings in a backpack because there is a slope that can drop you off right in the parking lot for an easy out. Elk is a great place, and I would easily rate it as the best overall PA resort.
  • Rude and ignorant staff. None of their facilities are handicapped accessible. No accommodations towards people with disabilities. I went to ELK mountain this weekend with my 6-year-old son who has several disabilities. My son needs help getting around, however he’s a very good adaptive skier. The resort uses pickup trucks to transport people from the parking lot to the base and the ticketing booth, unfortunately none of those pickup trucks can accommodate wheelchairs - no ramp, no lift gate. In the morning after giving us “hard time” they allowed us to drive up to the base, so we can drop off my son and the equipment. After few hour of skiing I went back to get the car. Another employee at the gate refused to let drive back to the base to get my son. I was told that “if your son can ski, then he can come down on the pick-up truck to the parking lot, just like everybody else” – perhaps ELK resorts hasn’t heard of adaptive skiing yet. A program that allows people with even the most severe disabilities to enjoy the slope. FYI ELK: people without arms and legs go skiing every day. ELK might also want to look into Pennsylvania State Code, Chapter 60 “Universal Accessibility Standards”. Not a single facility in that resort is handicapped accessible. It’s a shame that a such nice ski resort is full ignorant, and arrogant staff. “Get off the high horse” ELK and train your staff appropriately.
  • Visited this place on a school trip. It was a good learning experience since it was my fist time skiing. They have a designated area for beginners.
  • I learned how to ski on this mountain many moons ago, it's very family oriented, clean, and just purely beautiful. Love this place ♡
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