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|Resort Overview - reported by M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor|
Ski Denton receives a lot of natural snow each winter - usually over 100 inches annually - which helps draw skiers to its remote location in northcentral PA. Commercial skiing at Ski Denton dates back to the 1950’s. The area was first operated by Pennsylvania’s park service. Today, Ski Denton is still part of Denton Hill State Park but is operated by a concessionaire.
You will rarely find crowds at Ski Denton, but you will find a good variety of terrain. Most trails are geared towards beginners and intermediates, but the Avalanche trail, with a 66-degree pitch, is the steepest trail in the area. A gladed trail leading into the Avalanche (and sharing its pitch), The Extreme, is rated a triple black diamond. Less adventuresome skiers and boarders will find plenty of trails within their ability level, including two green trails that wind down the mountain for more than a mile.
Ski Denton sponsors some summertime activities, such as an archery and bowhunter festival.
|22 (8 beginner, 7 intermediate, 7 advanced)|
|4,200 per hour|
|4 (1 triple, 1 double, 2 poma lifts)|
|Yes, on 85% of terrain|
Coudersport, PA 16915
Estimated Distances from Major Cities
|Baltimore, MD||5 hours||264 miles|
|Washington, DC||5 hours, 45 minutes||306 miles|
|Arlington, VA||5 hours, 45 minutes||305 miles|
|Richmond, VA||7 hours, 20 minutes||404 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||3 hours, 45 minutes||184 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||3 hours, 30 minutes||179 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||4 hours, 50 minutes||273 miles|
|Charleston, WV||7 hours, 10 minutes||427 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||10 hours, 5 minutes||580 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||10 hours, 40 minutes||647 miles|
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Comments on Ski Denton - posted by jim rague
January 13, 2006 at 8:13 pm
still a hidden gem.worth the drive. double fall lines, steeps, woods, great o.b.. new managemnt enthusiastic...few crowds.
Great slope with lots to do - posted by kyle darrah
February 23, 2006 at 11:42 pm
this is a great small resort with low crowd and nice terrain. there is a ton of stuff to do in the area like snowmobiling, sightseeing, and stargazing.
Comments on Ski Denton - posted by Allen Shotkey
February 26, 2008 at 11:15 am
Some of the trails are narrow with steep drop-offs on one side.
If you've got your own equipment, you should be fine but the rental staff was extremely rude, the equipment was the worst I've ever seen and used. Ski Patrol was nice though and helpful.
Watch the speed limit signs in Gaines and Galeton, they jump up and down frequently and speeders are a good source of revenue for such small towns.
Comments on Ski Denton - posted by grant r emery
May 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm
i grew up skiing at denton hill. there was little grooming or snowmaking, so conditions were variable. there were days that were unskiable and days as good as they get. i learned how to ski all conditions on steep slopes. it helped me when i moved on to aspen and years of racing, coaching and instructing. even though i was an industry "outsider" i succeded because of the skills i developed at denton hill.
Comments on Ski Denton - posted by skifishhunt35
January 25, 2011 at 7:26 am
Great mountain and town- One base area and unlike many Pennsylvania mountians Ski Denton feels like a New England coop rather then a West Coast mega-resort.. If you like glade skiing search for the Back Bowl( Not listed on the trail Map) Take the triple to the top and hike back the CC trail about 400 yards, then ski down 700feet vertical back to the bottom of the double chair. Holds powder until March!
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