Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania
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|Resort Overview - reported by M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor|
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.
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 — for the 2006-2007 winter season, Big Boulder devoted nearly 50% of its overall terrain to park features.
Lodging options include townhomes and condominiums.
Photo provided by Jack Frost/Big Boulder.
There’s plenty of great skiing a Big Boulder and Jack Frost during the winter, but the “Big Two” resorts are active year-round with activities such as mountain biking, paintball, a Motorcross, and festivals.
|13 (4 beginner, 5 intermediate, 4 advanced)|
|9,600 per hour|
|8 (2 triples, 5 doubles, 1 carpet)|
|Three freestyle terrain park areas, including one beginner area.|
|12 chutes consisting of single, double, and family.|
|P.O. Box 702
Blakeslee, PA 18610
|(800) 468-2442 or (570) 722-0100|
Estimated Distances from Major Cities
|Baltimore, MD||3 hours, 15 minutes||195 miles|
|Washington, DC||4 hours||237 miles|
|Arlington, VA||4 hours||236 miles|
|Richmond, VA||5 hours, 40 minutes||335 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||4 hours, 50 minutes||275 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||1 hour, 55 minutes||115 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||1 hour, 50 minutes||107 miles|
|Charleston, WV||7 hours, 25 minutes||477 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||8 hours, 20 minutes||511 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||9 hours, 20 minutes||590 miles|
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A snow condition report for Big Boulder is shown below. Because condition reports may not be updated regularly, be sure to check the date and timestamp on the report. Before making a trip, we recommend contacting resorts directly for the latest conditions.
|Big Boulder, PA||
As of 10:45:00 on 2011-04-10
|Report data is over 2 days old -- please check back later.|
To view additional ski condition reports for areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and across the world, visit the DCSki Conditions page.
Big Boulder has an official webcam page here.
The past five articles related to Big Boulder are shown below.
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.
The Weekly Altitude (November 18, 2012)
The Weekly Altitude provides a look at what’s happening in the Mid-Atlantic ski and snowboard scene. In this week’s issue: Wisp Resort to change hands; Wintergreen’s “Snow License Program” offers free skiing to 5th and 6th graders; Thanksgiving Eve Pub Crawl at Bear Creek; and Whitetail pledges $10,000 to the MPMC Project.
Firsthand Report: Epilepsy Awareness Weekend at Big Boulder (March 2, 2012)
DCSki Reader Mike Ross teamed with Pennsylvania’s Big Boulder Resort to organize an Epilepsy Awareness Weekend, held February 24-26, 2012. Mike provides this Firsthand Report, including his thoughts on the Poconos resort.
(1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2010: Big Boulder and Jack Frost (October 26, 2010)
Sister areas Jack Frost and Big Boulder have received a number of upgrades over the summer, including a new glade riding area for beginners, snowmaking improvements, and other terrain enhancements.
Guess What? It’s Not Too Late to Ski (April 3, 2008)
The vast majority of Mid-Atlantic resorts have ended their ski and snowboarding season. However, if you’re itching to get in a few last turns, it’s not too late. Several resorts plan to offer skiing and boarding for one last weekend, on April 5 and 6.
(4 reader comments)
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Comments on Big Boulder - posted by Grant Fox
January 17, 2005 at 6:19 pm
If you want to try the tubing go early the lines get really long by 11:30am. the trails edewiess and merry widow are icy but good
Comments on Big Boulder - posted by Kgow
August 8, 2008 at 11:23 am
I noticed that some of your information about JFBB is up to date but not all of it. They no longer have motorcross or many summer activities, just festivals. Also, there is no double or family tubing at JFBB. I suggest if you want accurate, up to date information, check their website at www.jfbb.com
Comments on Big Boulder - posted by R. Hays
February 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm
Went there for the first time ever with my son Alex this past week. Was pleasantly surprised by the variety that this little hill gives you. It might not be tall but it is sprawling. Not crowded at the time either. Great conditions. But...those chair lifts will maul you when trying to get off them. Beware! They need to revamp the exit off chair mound stations. Or something. Nothing like a swift kick in the shorts by a turning chair! LOL. And it was all of them too. Otherwise..nice little site.
Comments on Big Boulder - posted by kaitlin
February 27, 2009 at 9:29 am
big boulder is amazing; you have to go. my favorite is bunnies elbow.
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