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Elk Mountain

Union Dale, Pennsylvania

Vertical drop:1,000 feet
Skiable acres:235
Longest run:1.75 miles

Elk Mountain was one of the first commercial ski areas to open in Pennsylvania. In 1959, Elk featured a small base lodge, a 2,200 foot T-Bar, some rope tows and several slopes.

Today, Elk has seven lifts and 27 slopes, including some of the most challenging terrain in the region. The resort also has its own distinctive character; the resort regularly plants Norway Spruce and red and white pines. Since the late 1970’s, over 30,000 trees have been planted. Elk Mountain says that White and Norway Spruce trees withstand the weight of snowfall, establish well in Elk’s rocky terrain, and function as a wind break for the chairlifts. Plus, they look cool.

In January 1999, an early morning fire leveled Elk’s compressor building. The resort was making snow within 72 hours thanks to help from local firemen, employees, local vendors, and the resort’s insurance company. During the following summer, the building was replaced, and since then, Elk Mountain has continually enhanced its snowmaking system. Elk Mountain claims to have some of the best manmade snow in the region.

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Elk Mountain
Vertical Drop: 1,000 feet
Trails: 27 Trails:

  • 6 beginner
  • 10 intermediate
  • 11 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 235
    Longest Run: 1.75 miles
    Lifts: 7 (1 quad, 5 doubles, and 1 cable tow in terrain park)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 7/27 trails.
    Terrain Park: Terrain park is serviced by its own cable tow.
    Tubing Park: (No tubing park)
    Address: 344 Elk Mountain Road
    Union Dale, PA 18470
    Phone: (570) 679-4400
    Latitude: 41.719248
    Longitude: -75.559416
    Conditions near Elk Mountain:
    7:54 am on September 26 / Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport
    57° F
    Wind Speed:3 mph
    Barometer:30.10 in
    Dewpoint:53 °F
    Visibility:9.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:54 a.m.
    Sunset:6:53 p.m.
    Much too warm for snowmaking right now. 

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    News about Elk Mountain

    Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open

      December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

    The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off

      December 14, 2017 - The past week saw the arrival of cold temperatures, and the dip in Mercury allowed ski areas to fire up their snowguns. Although lifts have already started running at several resorts, by the end of the December 16-17 weekend nearly every ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic will have kicked off its 2017-2018 winter season. DCSki has the latest opening information here.

    Snowpass Program Provides Free Skiing for Fourth and Fifth Graders in Pennsylvania

      November 5, 2017 - For the fourteenth year, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) is offering a Snowpass program that allows fourth and fifth graders to his the slopes free, up to three times each at each participating Pennsylvania resort, with some limitations.

    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 2011: Elk Mountain

      November 12, 2011 - Elk Mountain has continued its tradition of planting Norway and White Spruce trees, adding an additional 1,200 trees over the summer.

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