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Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Union Dale

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Finally a place not overwhelmed by snowboarders plopped all over the middle of trails ! Everyone is friendly ( including the snowboarders ) the staff is great and food is actually really good. I do ha...  more »
  • Elk is simply a great place to ski. The lifts are old and slow, the lodge is small and old and if you don't get to the upper lot early in the day, parking is a pain. None of the foregoing matter much ...  more »
  • For ski families looking for a friendly mountain to ski without the crowds, Elk is your place in PA. Growing up in upstate NY, I have had the pleasure of skiing in the Berkshires, Southern VT and the ...  more »
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  • My family and I ski regularly at Elk. It's our favorite place. Best skiing experience around for us. Great trails. Beautiful views. A nice escape. I hesitated and almost gave 4 stars and would have given 4.5 but decided to just rate the skiing (5 star) rather than the amenities. I think the lodge cafeteria is average at best...maybe lower. The restaurant/bar is OK. I just wish Elk would do something to improve some aspect of the experience (faster lifts, better lodge or more lit trails at night, better season pass pricing) to make for a better value for the money. Granted, non-skiing aspects are not why we go but I would feel better about the price if something improved. Nevertheless, 5 star skiing for our area.
  • Growing up in New England, PA was never on my map as a ski destination. But marrying into a tri state family has broadened my horizons! Honestly, Elk is a fantastic family mountain and a perfect place for kids to learn how to ski. The majority of their trails are not overly challenging, but if you want to fall, you do have a couple options. They do a great job of making snow and grooming, so you're just about guaranteed a good day of skiing in most every condition. The lodge leaves much to be desired and the lifts are all pretty slow, but all-in-all this is a great place to ski with the kids.
  • Always have a great time here! Excellent skiing and snowboarding. Great family place. Highly recommend.
  • I love this barebones east coast resort. There is enough at the base to feed and drink you. Runs are well maintained and there is a great variety in terrain for all levels.
  • Great skiing. Best in PA! Gift shop has a great selection of Elk Mountain specific gifts. Crowds seem to be mainly advanced skiers. Trails are excellent.