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Elk Mountain
Union Dale, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:925 feet
Base elevation:1,742 feet
Peak elevation:2,667 feet
Skiable acres:180
Longest run:1.75 miles
Trails:27

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.

Photo provided by Elk Mountain.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Elk Mountain
Vertical Drop: 925 feet
Base Altitude: 1,742 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,667 feet
Trails: 27 Trails:
  • 6 beginner
  • 10 intermediate
  • 11 expert
Skiable Acres: 180
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
Social Media: Facebook link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.elkskier.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

Trail Map

Trail Map

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Weather near Elk Mountain

3:54 pm on July 22 / Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport
A Few Clouds
80° F
A Few Clouds
Humidity:67% Visibility:8.00
Wind Speed:7 mph wind_SW Sunrise:5:47 a.m.
Barometer:30.03 in Sunset:8:30 p.m.
Dewpoint:68 °F Heat Index:83° F
Way too warm for snowmaking. No snowmaking
This Afternoon
cloudy
High: 68°
Chance of T-storms
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 68. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
rainy
Low: 63°
T-storms Likely then Showers Likely
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9pm and 5am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5am. Cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tuesday
rainy
High: 77°
Chance of Showers then Slight Chance of T-storms
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then a slight chance of showers between 9am and 11am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night
cloudy
Low: 65°
Chance of T-storms
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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


News about Elk Mountain

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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Firsthand Report: A Bumpy Day at Elk
January 22, 2011 - DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham made a trip up to Elk Mountain over Martin Luther King Weekend, where he decided to battle moguls. Find out who won in this Firsthand Report.
What’s New for 2009: Elk Mountain
November 8, 2009 - Pennsylvania’s Elk Mountain Ski Resort has continued a long-standing tradition by planting nearly 1,300 new spruce trees on the mountain. The ski area has also made snowmaking improvements and widened the Susquehanna trail.
What’s New for 2008: Elk Mountain
November 16, 2008 - Elk Mountain has increased snowmaking by adding an additional water pump, 66 new tower guns, and 10 new Areco fan guns. A couple trails were also re-graded.
Who’s Open? A Detailed Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas
March 17, 2008 - Spring is a mixed blessing: Mid-Atlantic resorts begin to close one by one, but the weather is nice and the rates can’t be beat. DCSki provides a detailed look at the current operating status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.

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