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Blue Mountain Ski Area

Palmerton, Pennsylvania

Vertical drop:1,082 feet
Skiable acres:164
Longest run:6,400 feet
Trails:39

The Blue Mountain Ski Area claims the highest vertical in Pennsylvania, at 1,082 feet. Although the average annual snowfall at Blue Mountain is 33 inches, the resort blankets 39 trails with 100% snowmaking. Blue Mountain was the first resort in the Poconos region to add automated snowmaking to several of its trails: a computer continuously measures weather conditions to determine the optimum mix of water and air, resulting in better snow.

100% of Blue Mountain’s terrain is lit for night skiing, and three trails are over one mile long. Blue Mountain attracts a lot of day and weekend skiers from Philadelphia - which is just 75 miles away - as well as South Jersey. Skiers and boarders from the D.C. area also make the trek to Blue Mountain to enjoy the vertical and varied terrain. In a typical year, Blue Mountain will host over 300,000 skier visits.

For the snowboarders, Blue Mountain has four Terrain Parks geared to all ability levels. The 1,200-foot long Terrain Run park is geared towards beginners, while the 1,700-foot long Come Around Park targets intermediates. At 3,500 feet in length, the Sidewinder Park is designed for advanced skiers and boarders, including a 40-foot double barrel straight, a 40-foot down flat down, a 35-foot 180-degree C box, down flat down S and street staircase, 8-foot wide butterbox with grindable rails, 70-foot jumps, a rhythm section, and tabletops. The 2009-2010 winter season introduced Central Park, a new “streets” terrain park. Central Park has two brand new one-of-a-kind stair sets from Snow Grind as well as other street-related elements. Central Park replaced Blue Mountain’s older halfpipe.

Snow tubing is offered at Blue Mountain on 21 slides.

Blue Mountain has experienced significant expansion in recent years. For the 2002-2003 season, Blue Mountain cut a new expert trail and added a new teaching hill, serviced by its own triple-chair lift. The new double-diamond trail, Razors Edge, is over 3,000 feet long and is serviced by Blue Mountain’s high-speed quad. During the summer of 2003, Blue Mountain shaped the upper portion of Main Street to allow for Barney’s Bumps, a new expert mogul run. 2006-2007 saw the installation a new high-speed “six pack” chairlift - Eastern Pennsylvania’s first - replacing the older Challenge Chair. During the summer of 2008, Blue Mountain invested over $3.1 million in capital improvements, including the addition of Dreamweaver, a new intermediate trail that is over 100 feet wide along its entire length. Blue Mountain also beefed up its snowmaking infrastructure, and built a new lodge in the valley. And during 2009, Blue Mountain added Nightmare, a new double-black diamond trail with over 900 feet of thrilling steep slopes and turns.

In an earlier time, Blue Mountain was once known as the Little Gap ski area.

Photo provided by Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Blue Mountain Ski Area
Vertical Drop: 1,082 feet
Trails:
  • 15 beginner
  • 4
  • 15 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 164
    Longest Run: 6,400 feet
    Lift Capacity: 13,500 per hour
    Lifts: 14 (Including 1 high-speed "six pack," 1 high-speed quad, 1 triple, 3 doubles, 2 surface lifts, and 2 conveyor lifts)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 100% of terrain
    Terrain Park: Five terrain parks are available.
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: Tubing park has 21 slides, each over 1,200-feet in length, and serviced by three lifts.
    Address: 1660 Blue Mountain Drive
    Palmerton, PA 18071
    Phone: (610) 826-7700
    Latitude: 40.814654
    Longitude: -75.514784
    Links: http://www.skibluemt.com/
    Conditions near Blue Mountain Ski Area:
    4:51 pm on September 18 / Allentown Lehigh Valley International Airport
    75° F
    Fair
    Humidity:32%
    Wind Speed:9 mph
    Barometer:30.00 in
    Dewpoint:43 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:44 a.m.
    Sunset:7:08 p.m.
    Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. 

    Weather supplied by the National Weather Service. Errors or reporting delays may be possible.

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    News about Blue Mountain

    Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum

      December 27, 2012 - A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.

    What’s New for 2010: Blue Mountain Ski Area

      December 19, 2010 - The 2010-2011 winter season is underway at Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Ski Area, and guests this winter will find three new trails, upgraded snowmaking, RFID-based lift tickets and passes, and improvements in the Summit Lodge.

    DCSki Introduces New Features to Track Resort “Tweets”

      November 15, 2009 - The Twitter microblogging service allows individuals and companies to create and share short text-based updates called “Tweets.” Over a dozen ski areas in the mid-Atlantic region have created a presence on Twitter, using Twitter to post announcements and information. DCSki now captures these updates and makes them readily available to skiers and boarders, whether or not they have their own Twitter account.

    What’s New for 2009: Blue Mountain

      November 11, 2009 - Visitors to Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Ski Area this winter will be greeted by a new double-black diamond slope and new “streets” terrain park. Two new outdoor dining areas will be available, and Blue Mountain will become one of the few U.S. resorts to have a “BigAirBag,” a fall cushion placed behind ski jumps.

    Firsthand Report: Blue Mountain, February 1, 2009

      February 7, 2009 - DCSki Columnist Lou Botta recently traveled to the Poconos to try out Blue Mountain Ski Area, which offers the highest vertical in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He discovered a lot to like and a lot of potential in the resort.

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    Reader Comments about Blue Mountain

    Jon Oz
    one year ago
    I taught skiing and then snowboarding there for 11 seasons. Blue has the best expert terrain in PA as far length and sustained pitch go. The North Face at Montage is the only thing comparable. Bumps for some reason tend to not be as good as can be found at Montage or Jack Frost. The Parks are decent, with diverse features. The mountain has a solid 920 feet (or so) of vertical drop. The rest is run-out added to give Blue the biggest vertical in PA.

    This place is an absolute zoo on the weekends. I have skied and ridden in the West and all over the East, but I have never witnessed anything as crazy as Blue on a holiday weekend. If you go on a weekend, get there early (be on the slopes when they open) and you will maybe get a couple hours in before the place is packed. When Blue is packed people get nuts, and I have scene the most out of control riders/ skiers at Blue. I agree with the above that park etiquette is poor at Blue.
    Scared at Blue
    2 years ago
    A great mountain the lift, security and lodge staff are friendly and helpful. Just watch out for any one affiliated with the mountain on the snow especially in the park. From the team to the staff the attitude has gone downhill in the past few years. Park etiquette does not exist. Even ski patrol will cut of those waiting to drop in. Forget about common sense.
    Bruce W.
    2 years ago
    My ski buddy and I have a flexible work schedule and Blue Mountain is perfect for weekday skiing. Even many non-holiday weekends aren’t too bad as far as lines and waiting goes. Best vertical within a 4 hour drive of DC and a very wide selection of trails.

    Sidewinder and the Big Air Bag are also enough for even the most extreme skiers and snowboarders. I just wish they carved a half pipe!

    I do recommend staying away from Burma and Mainstreet chair though. It’s almost an 8 minute ride when you can do more vertical from Comet or Challanger with access to all but one or two runs.

    @Pat C. Are you thinking of Blue Knob maybe? Blue mountain even ranks as 1082 feet on TrueVertical because nearly every run spans the entire top-to-bottom span of the mountain and I have never had close to a 45 minute wait for a chair.
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