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Blue Mountain Resort
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:1,082 feet
Base elevation:325 feet
Peak elevation:1,407 feet
Skiable acres:164
Longest run:6,400 feet

Blue Mountain Resort claims the highest vertical in Pennsylvania, at 1,082 feet. Although the average annual snowfall at Blue Mountain is 33 inches, the resort blankets 40 trails with 100% snowmaking. Blue Mountain was the first resort in the Poconos region to add automated snowmaking to several of its trails: a computer continuously measures weather conditions to determine the optimum mix of water and air, resulting in better snow. In 2021, Blue Mountain added three new 350hp / 1,000 gpm pumps to its snowmaking system, bringing snowmaking capacity to an impressive 14,000 gallons of water per minute. Two additional new cooling towers will further strengthen the resort’s snowmaking system.

100% of Blue Mountain’s terrain is lit for night skiing, and three trails are over one mile long. Night lighting was recently upgraded to more energy-efficient LED lights. Blue Mountain attracts a lot of day and weekend skiers from Philadelphia - which is just 75 miles away - as well as South Jersey. Skiers and boarders from the D.C. area also make the trek to Blue Mountain to enjoy the vertical and varied terrain. In a typical year, Blue Mountain will host over 300,000 skier visits.

For the snowboarders, Blue Mountain has five Terrain Parks geared to all ability levels. If snow tubing is your thing, you’ll find a tubing park that has expanded for the 2021-2022 winter season to 46 lanes, reaching over 1,000 feet long. Blue Mountain claims this makes its tubing park the largest and fastest park in the country.

Blue Mountain has made steady improvements in recent years, including the addition of new trails.

In an earlier time, Blue Mountain was once known as the Little Gap ski area.

During the summer of 2021, Blue Mountain Resort was sold to Denver-based BMR Resort LLC for nearly $31.9. Previously, Blue Mountain had been owned by Tuthill Corporation. According to a story in the Morning Call, Blue Mountain President and CEO Barbara Green, who took over the resort in 2007 from her father, remains as owner of BMR Resort and will continue as CEO. The Morning Call reports that BMR Resort LLC may be affiliated with KSL Capital Partners, a Denver private-equity firm that is also affiliated with KSL Resorts. KSL Resorts operates Camelback Resort and confirmed in May, 2021 that it would manage Blue Mountain.

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Key Statistics

Resort Name: Blue Mountain Resort
Vertical Drop: 1,082 feet
Base Altitude: 325 feet
Peak Altitude: 1,407 feet
Trails: 40 Trails:
  • 14 beginner
  • 6 intermediate
  • 15 expert
Skiable Acres: 164
Longest Run: 6,400 feet
Lifts: 16 (Including 1 high-speed "six pack," 1 high-speed quad, 1 triple, 3 doubles, 2 surface lifts, and 2 conveyor lifts)
Night Skiing: Yes, on 100% of terrain
Terrain Park: Five terrain parks are available.
Tubing Park: Tubing park has up to 34 lanes, each over 1,000 feet in length, and serviced by three lifts.
Address: 1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071
Phone: (610) 826-7700
Social Media: Facebook link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Blue Mountain

1:51 am on December 3 / Allentown, Lehigh Valley International Airport
 Light Rain Fog/Mist
46° F
Light Rain Fog/Mist
Humidity:93% Visibility:3.00
Wind Speed:3 mph wind_E Sunrise:7:08 a.m.
Barometer:29.95 in Sunset:4:35 p.m.
Dewpoint:44 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Low: 44°
Rain and Areas of Fog
Rain, mainly after 3am. Areas of fog. Low around 44. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
High: 51°
Rain and Areas of Fog
Rain. Areas of fog. High near 51. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Sunday Night
Low: 40°
Chance of Showers
A chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
High: 49°
Partly Sunny
Partly sunny, with a high near 49. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

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

News about Blue Mountain

A Wave of Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts to Open in Coming Days
Article thumbnail November 29, 2023 - The recent stretch of cold temperatures has enabled robust snowmaking across the Mid-Atlantic region, and as a result, a handful of ski resorts across Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia plan to open in the coming days. In North Carolina, two ski areas have already opened for the season. In this story, we provide a look at official opening day plans shared by resorts as of November 29, 2023.
What’s New for 2023: Blue Mountain Resort
Article thumbnail November 17, 2023 - Significant snowmaking enhancements highlight improvements at Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Ski Resort this winter.
Epic, Ikon Pass Prices Set to Increase
Article thumbnail October 8, 2023 - Epic and Ikon Passes are both set to rise in price October 11 and 12, 2023, respectively.
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Begins
Article thumbnail November 27, 2022 - Below average temperatures in November have enabled a variety of ski areas across the entire Mid-Atlantic region to open for the season, giving skiers one extra thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
What’s New for 2022: Blue Mountain Resort
Article thumbnail November 16, 2022 - Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Resort has made significant investments this past summer to enhance skiing this winter. A new lift, a re-imagined snow tubing experience, and enhanced snowmaking highlight some of the capital improvements visitors will notice.
More Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts on Tap to Open December 4
Article thumbnail December 1, 2021 - The Mid-Atlantic ski season is already underway, and additional ski areas are scheduled to come on-line the weekend of December 4-5. DCSki presents a complete roundup of open — and soon-to-open — ski areas in this December 1, 2021 update. Above, Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort has been laying down snow in preparation for a December 4 opening.
Snowmaking Begins as Mid-Atlantic Resorts Eye Opening Dates
Article thumbnail November 24, 2021 - Favorable snowmaking temperatures have enabled many Mid-Atlantic ski areas to begin snowmaking operations in preparation for their season openings. Sugar Mountain, Cataloochee, and Snowshoe are among the first ski areas to open for the 2021-2022 winter season. Above, early-morning snowmaking is shown at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort on November 23, 2021.
Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open
Article thumbnail December 21, 2019 - After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.
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.

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