Best Ski Resorts in the Poconos

ski lodge with fireplace made of stone going up entire wall

As someone who was born and raised in Philadelphia, going to the Poconos during ski season is just what is done. Just as normal as birds sitting on tree branches.

So I can tell you that if you’re on the East Coast and are looking for someplace to enjoy the winter OR summer season, the Poconos is one of the places you should put on your list.

Some things you should be know when planning a stay in the Poconos:

  • The mountains are good for skiing even though not as high as west coast mountains
  • Many rivers, some good for white water rafting
  • Only about 2 hours from Philadelphia
  • Summer activities are as abundant as winter activities

What To Do in the Poconos

Skiing is the number one activity in the winter season in the Poconos.

Snowfall happens just about every winter. In the event that snowfall isn’t as high as needed, the resorts make their own snow.

So there’s always opportunity to ski in the Poconos.

Summer Activities – White Water Rafting

As I stated above, there are a lot of rivers in the Poconos.

That provides opportunities to go white water rafting.

The class of white water rafting in the Poconos ranges from Class I to Class III.

I took a trip to Jim Thorpe, PA (in the Pocono Mountains) and did a Class II white water rafting experience.

I’ve got to stay, I was a little nervous at first. I swim “OK” and was worried what would happen as we went down the river.

The day we took our trip, they opened the dam so that we got a longer trip down the river.

I can tell you this: It was one of the best experiences of my life!

So if you’ve never been white water rafting and are worried you’ll get tossed out the raft, you can put those fears aside.

A Class II white water rafting experience is actually mild. Many parts of the river was just paddling down stream.

Summer Activities – Water Parks

When I first was invited to go to the Poconos it was summertime.

I thought, “What are we supposed to do in the Poconos in the summer?”

I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the resort and saw all the waterslides and other theme park activities.

Just about every ski resort in the Poconos turns their ski resort into a water park.

So it really doesn’t matter when you have availability to visit the Poconos, you’re sure to have plenty to do.

Romanic Encounters

Another thing that draws people to the Poconos is as a honeymoon/romantic destination.

As you might be able to guess, I’ve stayed in the Poconos for an anniversary.

You’ve heard of the Champaigne glass shaped hot tubs.

And yeah, it’s a thing.

We didn’t stay in one of those rooms.

Instead, we had a heart-shaped pool IN our room!

It was a unique experience that I haven’t experienced at any hotel room – not even in Las Vegas!

Plan Your Stay in the Poconos

Hopefully you can see, there’s a lot to do in the Poconos regardless of whether you visit in the winter or summer.

Here are some places we think you’ll like to stay when you visit the Poconos.

Best Ski Resort Lodging in the Poconos


large estate with pool surrounded by trees
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Camelback Resort

large open resort room with orange chairs
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Ledges Hotel

floor to ceiling stone fireplace with gray chairs
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Mohegan Pennsylvania

2 beds with white sheets in hotel room with blue wall
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Mount Airy Casino Resort Spa

king sized bed in luxury hotel room with wood wall behind bed
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Paradise Stream Resort

resort room with red carpet and tall champagne shaped tub
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Pocono Palace Resort

resort room with heart shaped tub with red carpet
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Settlers Inn

bed and breakfast room with rust colored walls
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Skytop Lodge

large resort room with fancy bed and loveseat
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The Lodge at Woodloch

ski lodge with fireplace made of stone going up entire wall
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The Mansion at Noble Lane

large bed with windows along every wall
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The Woodlands Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection

resort room with tub
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Woodfield Manor, a Sundance Vacations Property

lounge chairs with 2 red umbrellas with evergreen trees in background
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Woodloch Resort

bench on a hill leading down to lake
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