Camelback Ski Getaways

ski getaways

Camelback reigns as the largest area in the Poconos. With 33 trails and slopes, 800 feet of vertical, 156 acres of terrain, and some interesting twists to the trails, it feels more like New England. This being Pennsylvania, though, Camelback makes sure that every square inch of the mountain is slathered with snowmaking.

A network of 13 lifts provides efficient uphill service. Two strategically-placed detachable quads are the workhorses of the system. Their popularity often leaves nearby conventional chairs with conveniently short lines. With a relatively short distance to the top the difference between a long wait for a fast lift or a short (or non-existent) wait for a slower lift is such that the regular lift option becomes attractive.

More than half the terrain is ego-boosting green circle territory featuring wide, groomed boulevards with fine views into the valley below. Those just learning to ski or snowboard have almost 11 acres all to themselves. Intermediates have fewer choices but they are invariably good. Trails like The Pharaoh and The Dromedary have a definite New England feel to them. The intermediate terrain in particular skis and rides bigger than you'd expect from 800 feet of vertical.

The half dozen black diamond trails each boast at least one good pitch but despite excellent design (a hallmark of all Camelback's trails) seem to segue all too quickly into intermediate lower halves.

Camelback devotes plenty of space to freestyle terrain. It offers a trail-length Ultracross course and a hit-packed terrain park, along with a big half pipe. This terrain and the rest of the mountain are lit for night operations.