It’s not the steepest or biggest mountain, it’s not the hippest or most modern mountain, but Alpine Mountain PA is an affordable and friendly ski resort good for beginners and intermediates. Less than ten miles away from the better-known Camelback Ski Resort, Alpine Mountain is quieter and cheaper than nearby resorts and makes a good alternative for more laid-back and budget-conscious skiers.
With surface lifts and bigger ski schools, other ski resorts in the Poconos may be better for a first-day skier. Still, Alpine Mountain offers a full resort of slopes suitable for inexperienced downhillers. There are a few optimistically rated black slopes under the two quad lifts, but almost every other run at Alpine Mountain PA is an easy-to-manage blue.
Alpine Mountain Trail Map
The beginners slopes, served by a small double chair, provide a good learning area for children, who can soon progress to the green-rated Alpine Way run off the quad lifts (one is basically two double chairs stuck together). From there, the mountain is your oyster, and intermediate skiers will enjoy looping up the quad and looping Outer Edge, Dipsy Doo, or one of the other seven interconnected trails to the bottom.
Parking is available at the top or bottom of Alpine Mountain. The lodge is located at the base, but beware: there is nowhere to eat outside food.
Alpine Mountain PA recently came under new management; it has long been in need of some updating (everything from snow making to signage) and the new owners have shown signs that things are likely to improve. If it can retain its easygoing charm but make sure it stays open longer and modernizes, it could become a top family ski resort in PA.
- Distance from Philadelphia: 110 miles, 2 hours
- Distance from Pittsburgh: 309 miles, 4 hours 49 minutes
- Distance from Harrisburg: 114 miles, 2 hours 12 minutes
Elevation 1,150 feet
Vertical drop 500 feet
Area 120 acres
Apline Mountain PA
Rt. 447, Analomink, PA 18320
(570) 595-2150 / Snow Report: (570) 595-2150