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Blue Mountain Resort
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:1,082 feet
Base elevation:325 feet
Peak elevation:1,407 feet
Skiable acres:164
Longest run:6,400 feet
Trails:40

Blue Mountain Resort claims the highest vertical in Pennsylvania, at 1,082 feet. Although the average annual snowfall at Blue Mountain is 33 inches, the resort blankets 40 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 five Terrain Parks geared to all ability levels. If snow tubing is your thing, you’ll find up to 34 lanes, each over 1,000 feet long.

Blue Mountain has made steady improvements in recent years, including the addition of new trails.

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

During the summer of 2021, Blue Mountain Resort was sold to Denver-based BMR Resort LLC for nearly $31.9. Previously, Blue Mountain had been owned by Tuthill Corporation. According to a story in the Morning Call, Blue Mountain President and CEO Barbara Green, who took over the resort in 2007 from her father, remains as owner of BMR Resort and will continue as CEO. The Morning Call reports that BMR Resort LLC may be affiliated with KSL Capital Partners, a Denver private-equity firm that is also affiliated with KSL Resorts. KSL Resorts operates Camelback Resort and confirmed in May, 2021 that it would manage Blue Mountain.

For the 2020-2021 winter season, Blue Mountain has put into place protocols to help protect guests from the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests will be expected to social distance, practice good hygiene, and wear a mask when practical to do so; masks will be required in the lift line and indoors, except when eating food. Lift ticket windows will not be open; skiers must purchase a date-specific lift ticket on-line in advance of their visit. Blue Mountain is removing the drop off area in front of the Summit or Valley Lodge, and does not plan to run a shuttle. There will be no ski check, and the resort is asking guests to boot up in their cars. Indoor space will be very limited. Individual chairs on the lift will only be filled with guests from the same party. Learn more about safety precautions here.

Photo provided by Blue Mountain Resort.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Blue Mountain Resort
Vertical Drop: 1,082 feet
Base Altitude: 325 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,407 feet
Trails: 40 Trails:
  • 14 beginner
  • 6 intermediate
  • 15 expert
Skiable Acres: 164
Longest Run: 6,400 feet
Lifts: 16 (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.
Tubing Park: Tubing park has up to 34 lanes, each over 1,000 feet in length, and serviced by three lifts.
Address: 1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071
Phone: (610) 826-7700
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.skibluemt.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Blue Mountain

2:51 am on October 23 / Allentown, Lehigh Valley International Airport
Mostly Cloudy
49° F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity:83% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:5 mph wind_N Sunrise:7:21 a.m.
Barometer:29.95 in Sunset:6:12 p.m.
Dewpoint:44 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Overnight
cloudy
Low: 47°
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. North wind around 5 mph.
Saturday
rainy
High: 57°
Slight Chance of Showers
A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of sprinkles with a slight chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night
cloudy
Low: 39°
Partly Cloudy then Patchy Fog
A chance of sprinkles before 8pm. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Calm wind.
Sunday
partlysunny
High: 60°
Patchy Fog then Partly Sunny
Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

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


Snow conditions at Blue Mountain

Opening soon for snow sports

Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Blue Mountain for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.


News about Blue Mountain

Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open
Article thumbnail December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.
Hidden Valley, Massanutten, Seven Springs, and Snowshoe Announce Opening Dates
Article thumbnail November 20, 2019 - Thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures in November, four additional Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will be kicking off their winter seasons by this weekend.
Big Boulder, Blue Mountain Scheduled to Open this Weekend
Article thumbnail November 13, 2019 - We’re just barely into mid-November, but mid-winter temperatures have already settled across the Mid-Atlantic, dipping below freezing and convincing many area resorts that it’s a good time to commence snowmaking operations. For two Pennsylvania resorts in the Poconos, this weekend will mark the beginning of their ski season. Big Boulder plans to open on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3 p.m., while Blue Mountain plans to open on Saturday, November 16.
The Season So Far
Article thumbnail January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.
Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open
Article thumbnail 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 Season Begins! Mid-Atlantic Resorts Begin Opening
Article thumbnail November 22, 2018 - It’s not summer anymore. That will become abundantly obvious on Thanksgiving, when temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to plunge to their lowest turkey day reading in over a century. That’s allowed several resorts to move towards the “open” column.
The Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off
Article thumbnail 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.
What’s New for 2017: Blue Mountain Resort
Article thumbnail November 26, 2017 - Blue Mountain celebrates its 40th season this winter. The Pennsylvania resort has made some enhancements to ski trails and has installed a new ski access gate system.
Snowpass Program Provides Free Skiing for Fourth and Fifth Graders in Pennsylvania
Article thumbnail 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.
Firsthand Report: Blue Mountain
Article thumbnail January 31, 2015 - DCSki Contributor Matt Lees made his first ski trip of the season to Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Resort. He provides this Firsthand Report.

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