With winter here, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. If you are a fan of the mountains, skiing, snowshoeing and other snow-centric sports and activities, you might want to explore what Pocono Mountains and Montgomery and Bucks counties have to offer.
The Pocono Mountains
The Pocono Mountains are known for different winter activities, such as skiing, snowtubing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, among others. There are six ski resorts in these mountains available at your fingertips: Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Camelback Mountains Resort, Jack Frost Big Boulder, Shawnee Mountain and Ski Big Bear. There is also the Adventure Center for everyone at Skytop Lodge.
Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain Resort has 40 ski trails, five terrain parks, 16 lifts and up to 34 snow tubing lanes. It also stands on the state’s highest vertical drop — 1,082 feet. There, you will also find the infamous Slopeside Pub & Grill, a full-service mountaintop restaurant, if you are up for a drink and warm food.
Skytop Lodge on West Mountain
It offers 50-minute ski lessons for beginner, advanced beginner and intermediate levels. Whatever your ski level may be, beginner or advanced, there are steep slopes, moderate trails, as well as beginner hills and terrain parks. There is also a 200-foot vertical drop for the snow tube lovers.
Camelback Mountains Resort
There are 39 trails, 16 lifts, and 38 trails illuminated for night skiing and riding. There are also 15 acres of new beginner terrain and a brand new terrain park and two restaurants with ski-in/out access. The Camelback features “the biggest snow tubing park in the USA” with up to 42 lightning-fast lanes, two magic carpets, and Galactic Snowtubing after dark.
Jack Frost Big Boulder
It is situated in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. It has 16 slopes and devotes nearly 70 percent of its overall terrain to park features.
There are 125 skiable acres, 23 trails, the Tomahawk Express high-speed quad lift, two terrain parks and a snow tubing park. It is a family-friendly ski area offering children’s programs, complete beginners’ packages and great terrain for the advanced skier and rider. It is a favorite family and beginner-friendly ski resort.
Ski Big Bear
The specialty of this resort is in private beginner lessons. The mountain is open for skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. There are eighteen trails, seven lifts and a terrain park provide great family winter recreation.
There are over 185 trails to choose from on the Pocono mountains, where you can ski, sled, sleigh ride, snowmobile, Nordic ski, snowboard, cross country ski, snowshoe, ice skate, hike to immerse yourself in the winter fun.
The Poconos has many lakes that are perfect for ice skating and ice fishing too. One of them is the infamous Lake Wallenpaupack perfect for fishing.
If you and your friends and family are up for a game of paintball, Tippmann Castle and the woodlands are your place.
Want to go Christmas shopping instead? Explore the quaint shops in snow-covered, historical downtown areas while sipping hot cocoa.
Do your kids (or you) long for water parks? You can enjoy winter indoors at Mountain’s Waterparks where the temperature is always 84 degrees. There you can find water slides, wave pools and children’s obstacles.
Montgomery County has more than 6,000 acres of public open space, ranging from parks, historic sites and trails. There, you can find non-historic structures, playgrounds, a fish ladder, a working historic canal lock, a wildlife center, and an archives/artifact collection of over 53,000 pieces. We have some ideas of fun winter activities that you can enjoy this winter there.
Have you ever wanted to take a hot air balloon ride? Now you can, at Valley Forge Park. It’s a fun way to do something different this season.
If you don’t feel as adventurous you can ride a horse-drawn sleigh at Northern Star Farm or explore downtown destinations amongst falling snowflakes.
You can also take a horseback ride at Evansburg State Park at Red Buffalo Ranch, which offers guided rides for all levels. The best part is you get to ride across snow-covered trails and along frozen creek beds.
You can also cross-country ski, ice skate and ice fish on Deep Creek Lake.
A great winter getaway for the family is the Elmwood Park Zoo, one of Montgomery County’s favorite family attractions. A must-see is the Bison Experience, where the young and young at heart can hand-feed North America’s largest land mammal.
Want a warm place to experience winter? Montgomery County is home to some of the most decorated craft breweries, wineries and distilleries in the country, including Round Guys Brewing Company.
Another fun winter place to be at this season is Bucks County. For starters, visit the Toy Time exhibit at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle in Doylestown. It offers an entertaining way to escape the cold.
A great place for the kids is the Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope, where youngsters can build their very own covered bridge.
For a romantic winter getaway, you can visit the Haycock Stables in Bedminster and take a trail ride through Nockamixon State Park.
A great way to enjoy the long winter days is spending quality time with your family. One option is at Winter Wonder Wednesday at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in Solebury, which takes place Jan. 25.
You can also visit the annual Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival from Jan. 14 to Jan. 29. There you can enjoy ice sculptures, a parade, among other fun things.
Whatever your taste might be, Bucks and Montgomery counties have something for everyone.