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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 leverages snowmaking power in an effort to be the first ski resort in Pennsylvania to open each winter. Just down the road is Big Boulder’s sibling mountain, Jack Frost, which first opened in 1972.

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.

Big Boulder and Jack Frost are now part of the Vail Resorts family after a 2019 purchase. Its new ownership means you can purchase a single Epic pass and ski at Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop, Jack Frost, Big Boulder, and dozens of resorts across North America. Fans of Big Boulder are hoping that Vail Resorts will inject some cash into capital improvements at Big Boulder and Jack Frost, as some facilities at the areas are starting to get long in the tooth.

Lodging options include townhomes and condominiums.

For the 2020-2021 winter season, Big Boulder will be following the COVID protocols of its parent company, Vail Resorts. Face coverings will be required at the resort, and on-mountain access will be managed via reservations, limiting how many visitors can visit per day. All transactions across the resort will be cashless this winter.

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 expert
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
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

COVID-19 Information

The following information summarizes COVID-19 protocols in effect at Big Boulder as of Oct 12, 2020. Please note that this information is subject to change at any time; contact Big Boulder directly before making a trip to verify current COVID-19 operating protocols. This information is provided by SnoCountry.

Masks Required:
Social Distancing Required:
Sanitization Stations Available:
Pass Protection:
Reservations Required:
Pre-Purchase Day Lift Tickets Recommended:
Resort COVID-19 web page:
Resort COVID-19 pass protection page:
Resort COVID-19 reservations web page:

Trail Map

Trail Map

Getting to Big Boulder

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Weather near Big Boulder

6:53 pm on July 23 / Mount Pocono, Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport
72° F
Humidity:52% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:7 mph wind_NW Sunrise:5:49 a.m.
Barometer:30.15 in Sunset:8:29 p.m.
Dewpoint:53 °F
Way too warm for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Low: 53°
Mostly Clear
Mostly clear, with a low around 53. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
High: 77°
Increasing Clouds
Increasing clouds, with a high near 77. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Saturday Night
Low: 62°
Chance of Showers
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
High: 80°
Slight Chance of T-storms then Showers Likely
A slight chance of showers before 11am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. 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.

Snow conditions at Big Boulder

Big Boulder
Jan 16, 2021 at 9 am

Snow conditions supplied by SnoCountry, and may be inaccurate or delayed at times. Please check directly with Big Boulder for the most up-to-date snow and operating conditions.

News about Big Boulder

Interview Series: Vail’s Jeff Lifgren
Article thumbnail October 2, 2020 - The DCSki Interview Series continues with Jeff Lifgren, who is in charge of Pennsylvania resorts Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jeff touches on lots of topics in this in-depth interview conducted by DCSki’s John Sherwood.
Your Questions Answered: Mid-A Vail Resorts Properties
Article thumbnail September 15, 2020 - The deadline to purchase an Epic Pass for the 2020-2021 winter season is September 17, 2020, and many Mid-Atlantic skiers still have some questions about how skiing will work this winter at Vail Resorts properties, including Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jamie Storrs, Senior Manager of Communications for Vail Resorts, Eastern Region recently fielded questions from DCSki readers.
Vail Resorts Charts Out Upcoming Winter Season
Article thumbnail August 28, 2020 - Things are going to work a little bit differently at Vail Resorts properties this winter, as the company recalibrates its operations to adjust to the continuing reality of the COVID pandemic.
Hidden Valley, Massanutten, Seven Springs, and Snowshoe Announce Opening Dates
Article thumbnail November 20, 2019 - Thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures in November, four additional Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will be kicking off their winter seasons by this weekend.
Big Boulder, Blue Mountain Scheduled to Open this Weekend
Article thumbnail November 13, 2019 - We’re just barely into mid-November, but mid-winter temperatures have already settled across the Mid-Atlantic, dipping below freezing and convincing many area resorts that it’s a good time to commence snowmaking operations. For two Pennsylvania resorts in the Poconos, this weekend will mark the beginning of their ski season. Big Boulder plans to open on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3 p.m., while Blue Mountain plans to open on Saturday, November 16.
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.
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.

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