Resort photo

Big Boulder
Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:475 feet
Base elevation:1,700 feet
Peak elevation:2,175 feet
Skiable acres:55
Longest run:2,900 feet
Trails:15

Snow guns began firing at Big Boulder in the early 1940’s, before any other resort in the U.S. Although snowmaking has advanced considerably since that date, the rudimentary snowmaking system in place at the time (based on a garden hose and sprinkler) allowed Big Boulder to survive less than perfect winters.

Today, Big Boulder leverages snowmaking power in an effort to be the first ski resort in Pennsylvania to open each winter. Just down the road is Big Boulder’s sibling mountain, Jack Frost, which first opened in 1972.

Both mountains offer their own snow tubing runs, terrain parks, and half-pipes. Big Boulder lays claim to the largest terrain park in the Poconos, devoting nearly 50% of its overall terrain to park features.

Big Boulder and Jack Frost are now part of the Vail Resorts family after a 2019 purchase. Its new ownership means you can purchase a single Epic pass and ski at Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, and dozens of resorts across North America. Fans of Big Boulder have been hoping that Vail Resorts will inject some cash into capital improvements at Big Boulder and Jack Frost, as some facilities at the areas are starting to get long in the tooth. During the summer of 2022, Vail Resorts plans to replace the Edelweiss triple at Big Boulder with a new fixed-grip quad.

Lodging options include townhomes and condominiums.

Photo provided by Jack Frost Big Boulder.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Big Boulder
Vertical Drop: 475 feet
Base Altitude: 1,700 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,175 feet
Trails: 15 Trails:
  • 4 beginner
  • 3 intermediate
  • 3 expert
Skiable Acres: 55
Longest Run: 2,900 feet
Lifts: 10 (2 triples, 5 doubles, 1 carpet, 2 carpet tubing)
Night Skiing: Yes
Terrain Park: Five terrain parks - over 50% of terrain is devoted to parks
Tubing Park: 12 chutes consisting of single, double, and family.
Address: 375 Big Boulder Drive
Lake Harmony, PA 18624
Phone: (570) 443-8425
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.jfbb.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

Trail Map

Trail Map

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Weather near Big Boulder

3:53 am on November 28 / Mount Pocono, Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport
Overcast
47° F
Overcast
Humidity:90% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:20 mph wind_W Sunrise:7:04 a.m.
Barometer:29.46 in Sunset:4:36 p.m.
Dewpoint:44 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Today
rainy
High: 43°
Slight Chance of Showers and Patchy Fog then Mostly Cloudy
A slight chance of showers before 9am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight
cloudy
Low: 24°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday
sunny
High: 40°
Mostly Sunny
Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
rainy
Low: 30°
Mostly Cloudy then Slight Chance of Showers
A slight chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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


Snow conditions at Big Boulder

Big Boulder
Jan 16, 2021 at 9 am
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Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Big Boulder for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.


News about Big Boulder

An Ikonic, Epic Battle: For 2022, Season Pass Options Abound
Article thumbnail April 25, 2022 - It is once again Spring, which means it’s time to consider purchasing a season pass for the 2022-2023 winter season before prices begin to inch up. DCSki breaks down the choices and factors Mid-Atlantic skiers should consider as they explore available pass options.
Vail Resorts to Purchase Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain
Article thumbnail December 8, 2021 - In news that is likely to reshape Mid-Atlantic snowsports for years to come, Vail Resorts announced on December 8, 2021 that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort, and the operations of Laurel Mountain Ski Area.
More Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts on Tap to Open December 4
Article thumbnail December 1, 2021 - The Mid-Atlantic ski season is already underway, and additional ski areas are scheduled to come on-line the weekend of December 4-5. DCSki presents a complete roundup of open — and soon-to-open — ski areas in this December 1, 2021 update. Above, Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort has been laying down snow in preparation for a December 4 opening.
Vail Resorts Announces Operational Enhancements
Article thumbnail November 28, 2021 - Leveraging data science, the company aims to reduce crowding and lift line wait times.
Vail Resorts to Invest $320 Million in Lift Upgrades During 2022
Article thumbnail November 14, 2021 - The Epic Lift Upgrade will see the installation of 19 new chairlifts across 14 Vail Resorts properties, reducing wait times, increasing uphill capacity, and opening up additional terrain.
Vail Resorts Reaches 85 Percent Renewable Energy Milestone
Article thumbnail November 7, 2021 - Vail Resorts moves closer to its goal of becoming carbon-neutral, as companies across the ski industry join efforts to improve sustainability and raise awareness of climate change.
Vail Resorts Updates COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Article thumbnail September 25, 2021 - Vail Resorts adjusts its reservation, masking, and vaccination policies.
Interview Series: Vail’s Jeff Lifgren
Article thumbnail October 2, 2020 - The DCSki Interview Series continues with Jeff Lifgren, who is in charge of Pennsylvania resorts Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jeff touches on lots of topics in this in-depth interview conducted by DCSki’s John Sherwood.
Your Questions Answered: Mid-A Vail Resorts Properties
Article thumbnail September 15, 2020 - The deadline to purchase an Epic Pass for the 2020-2021 winter season is September 17, 2020, and many Mid-Atlantic skiers still have some questions about how skiing will work this winter at Vail Resorts properties, including Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jamie Storrs, Senior Manager of Communications for Vail Resorts, Eastern Region recently fielded questions from DCSki readers.
Vail Resorts Charts Out Upcoming Winter Season
Article thumbnail August 28, 2020 - Things are going to work a little bit differently at Vail Resorts properties this winter, as the company recalibrates its operations to adjust to the continuing reality of the COVID pandemic.

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