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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 Twitter link Instagram link
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Directions: Via Google Maps

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Weather near Blue Mountain

11:51 pm on January 31 / Allentown, Lehigh Valley International Airport
30° F
Humidity:51% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:7 mph wind_NE Sunrise:7:14 a.m.
Barometer:30.19 in Sunset:5:18 p.m.
Dewpoint:14 °F
Good snowmaking conditions right now. Snowmaking
Low: 24°
Slight Chance of Snow
A slight chance of snow after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
High: 32°
Decreasing Clouds
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night
Low: 23°
Mostly Clear
Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
High: 38°
Partly Sunny
Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

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

Snow conditions at Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain
Jan 31, 2023 at 8 am
Machine Groomed 24-36" base 32 of 40 trails open
4 of 16 lifts open

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

News about Blue Mountain

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.
The Season So Far
Article thumbnail January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.
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 Season Begins! Mid-Atlantic Resorts Begin Opening
Article thumbnail November 22, 2018 - It’s not summer anymore. That will become abundantly obvious on Thanksgiving, when temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to plunge to their lowest turkey day reading in over a century. That’s allowed several resorts to move towards the “open” column.

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