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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

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 has state-of-the-art snowmaking and a sibling mountain, Jack Frost, located six miles away. Big Boulder tries to be the first ski resort in Pennsylvania to open each year, often snagging opening dates in November.

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.

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 advanced
  • 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
    Latitude: 41.048288
    Longitude: -75.602589
    Links: http://www.jfbb.com/
    Conditions near Big Boulder:
    6:53 pm on September 29 / Mount Pocono, Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport
    57° F
    Heavy Rain Fog/Mist
    Wind Speed:13 mph
    Barometer:29.80 in
    Dewpoint:55 °F
    Visibility:4.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:57 a.m.
    Sunset:6:48 p.m.
    Much too warm for snowmaking right now. 

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

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