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Elk Mountain
Union Dale, Pennsylvania
Vertical drop:925 feet
Base elevation:1,742 feet
Peak elevation:2,667 feet
Skiable acres:235
Longest run:1.75 miles
Trails:27

Elk Mountain was one of the first commercial ski areas to open in Pennsylvania. In 1959, Elk featured a small base lodge, a 2,200 foot T-Bar, some rope tows and several slopes.

Today, Elk has seven lifts and 27 slopes, including some of the most challenging terrain in the region. The resort also has its own distinctive character; the resort regularly plants Norway Spruce and red and white pines. Since the late 1970’s, over 30,000 trees have been planted. Elk Mountain says that White and Norway Spruce trees withstand the weight of snowfall, establish well in Elk’s rocky terrain, and function as a wind break for the chairlifts. Plus, they look cool.

For the 2020-2021 winter season, Elk Mountain plans to change its operating hours. It plans to be open Wednesday through Sunday with Monday and Tuesday hours only between Christmas and New Years, the MLK holiday, and President’s Week. Check with the resort for the latest operating conditions.

Photo provided by Elk Mountain.


Key Statistics

Resort Name: Elk Mountain
Vertical Drop: 925 feet
Base Altitude: 1,742 feet
Peak Altitude: 2,667 feet
Trails: 27 Trails:
  • 6 beginner
  • 10 intermediate
  • 11 expert
Skiable Acres: 235
Longest Run: 1.75 miles
Lifts: 7 (1 quad, 5 doubles, and 1 cable tow in terrain park)
Night Skiing: Yes, on 7/27 trails.
Terrain Park: Terrain park is serviced by its own cable tow.
Tubing Park: (No tubing park)
Address: 344 Elk Mountain Road
Union Dale, PA 18470
Phone: (570) 679-4400
Social Media: Facebook link Twitter link Instagram link
Webcams: View resort webcams
Web Site: http://www.elkskier.com/
Directions: Via Google Maps

COVID-19 Information

The following information summarizes COVID-19 protocols in effect at Elk Mountain as of Oct 12, 2020. Please note that this information is subject to change at any time; contact Elk 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: https://www.elkskier.com
Resort COVID-19 pass protection page:
Resort COVID-19 reservations web page:

Trail Map

Trail Map

Getting to Elk Mountain

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Weather near Elk Mountain

2:54 am on April 20 / Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport
Fair
42° F
Fair
Humidity:73% Visibility:10.00
Wind Speed:0 mph Sunrise:6:16 a.m.
Barometer:29.85 in Sunset:7:47 p.m.
Dewpoint:34 °F
Doesn't look like it's cold enough for snowmaking. No snowmaking
Overnight
cloudy
Low: 41°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
Tuesday
partlysunny
High: 56°
Partly Sunny
Partly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday Night
rainy
Low: 42°
Chance of Showers then Showers Likely
Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 42. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Wednesday
rainy
High: 53°
Chance of Showers then Rain/Snow
Rain showers before 5pm, then rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. High near 53. South wind 10 to 16 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

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


Snow conditions at Elk Mountain

Closed

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


News about Elk Mountain

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.
What’s New for 2011: Elk Mountain
November 12, 2011 - Elk Mountain has continued its tradition of planting Norway and White Spruce trees, adding an additional 1,200 trees over the summer.
Firsthand Report: A Bumpy Day at Elk
January 22, 2011 - DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham made a trip up to Elk Mountain over Martin Luther King Weekend, where he decided to battle moguls. Find out who won in this Firsthand Report.
What’s New for 2009: Elk Mountain
November 8, 2009 - Pennsylvania’s Elk Mountain Ski Resort has continued a long-standing tradition by planting nearly 1,300 new spruce trees on the mountain. The ski area has also made snowmaking improvements and widened the Susquehanna trail.
What’s New for 2008: Elk Mountain
November 16, 2008 - Elk Mountain has increased snowmaking by adding an additional water pump, 66 new tower guns, and 10 new Areco fan guns. A couple trails were also re-graded.
Who’s Open? A Detailed Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas
March 17, 2008 - Spring is a mixed blessing: Mid-Atlantic resorts begin to close one by one, but the weather is nice and the rates can’t be beat. DCSki provides a detailed look at the current operating status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Firsthand Report: Elk Mountain
March 15, 2008 - He may have a season pass at Blue Mountain, but Brenton Archut finds himself visiting Pennsylvania’s Elk Mountain at least once a season, and always yearns to return. In this Firsthand Report, Brenton describes a memorable trip he made to Elk on March 11, 2008.

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