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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.

100% of Blue Mountain’s terrain is lit for night skiing, and three trails are over one mile long. 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 up to 34 lanes, each over 1,000 feet long.

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.

For the 2020-2021 winter season, Blue Mountain has put into place protocols to help protect guests from the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests will be expected to social distance, practice good hygiene, and wear a mask when practical to do so; masks will be required in the lift line and indoors, except when eating food. Lift ticket windows will not be open; skiers must purchase a date-specific lift ticket on-line in advance of their visit. Blue Mountain is removing the drop off area in front of the Summit or Valley Lodge, and does not plan to run a shuttle. There will be no ski check, and the resort is asking guests to boot up in their cars. Indoor space will be very limited. Individual chairs on the lift will only be filled with guests from the same party. Learn more about safety precautions here.

Photo provided by Blue Mountain Resort.

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
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site:
Directions: Via Google Maps

COVID-19 Information

The following information summarizes COVID-19 protocols in effect at Blue Mountain as of Oct 12, 2020. Please note that this information is subject to change at any time; contact Blue Mountain 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 Blue Mountain Resort

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Weather near Blue Mountain

4:51 pm on July 23 / Allentown, Lehigh Valley International Airport
A Few Clouds
81° F
A Few Clouds
Humidity:37% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:8 mph wind_NW Sunrise:5:49 a.m.
Barometer:30.10 in Sunset:8:28 p.m.
Dewpoint:52 °F
Snowmaking? Not happening today. No snowmaking
Low: 57°
Mostly Clear
Mostly clear, with a low around 57. North wind around 5 mph.
High: 83°
Sunny, with a high near 83. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Saturday Night
Low: 66°
Chance of Showers
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
High: 84°
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 84. Southwest wind 5 to 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 Blue Mountain

Resort is open for summer operations

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

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.
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.
What’s New for 2017: Blue Mountain Resort
Article thumbnail November 26, 2017 - Blue Mountain celebrates its 40th season this winter. The Pennsylvania resort has made some enhancements to ski trails and has installed a new ski access gate system.
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.
Firsthand Report: Blue Mountain
Article thumbnail January 31, 2015 - DCSki Contributor Matt Lees made his first ski trip of the season to Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Resort. He provides this Firsthand Report.

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