Elk Mountain Ski Getaways

ski getaways

Elk Mountain is set in the "Endless Mountains" about a half hour north of Scranton. It boasts a 1000-foot vertical drop, 140 acres, 27 trails, and a big terrain park, the Stompin' Grounds. Five doubles and a fixed-grip quad provide uplift; four of these including the quad run from the base to the summit.

Two long beginner trails, Lehigh and Hiawatha, run from the summit, but skiers and riders make the trip to Elk for its top-to-bottom blue and black cruising terrain. With ten of the former and 11 of the latter they are rarely disappointed.

If you're not quite ready to keep up with your faster friends or play in the park, fear not. Elk's certified ski and board school is complemented by some excellent learning terrain. Start on the wide-open Beginner's Slope then graduate to the spacious East and West Slopes. Two double chairs serve this terrain.

Impeccable grooming and aggressive snowmaking keep the slopes in good shape, augmented by five feet of natural snow a season.