Savage River Lodge

1600 Mount Aetna Rd., Frostburg

155 miles from downtown Washington


Ski report: 301-689-3200

This Nordic ski touring center and upscale lodge and cabins are set in Savage River State Forest. Owners groom 10 miles of trails and maintain 25 miles. Ski rental per day $20 adults, $12 ages 12 and younger; half-day $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger. Snowshoe rental per day: $15 adults, $12 ages 12 and younger; half-day $10 adults and ages 12 and younger. Group and private lessons. Call ahead for forest road conditions and equipment reservations.

Wisp Resort

296 Marsh Hill Rd., McHenry

180 miles


Ski report: 301-387-4911

32 slopes, 700-foot vertical drop, long run of 7,500 feet, 7 lifts.

Scenic area at Deep Creek Lake. North Camp terrain expansion adds 10 trails and two quad chairlifts. Snow tubing park has 10 lanes. To celebrate Wisp's 50th anniversary Dec. 11-12, skiers pay $7 for two-day lift ticket, $7 for a lesson, $7 rental per day. Resort has completed $27.3 million renovation that began in 2001. Remodeled Wisp Resort Hotel boasts fitness center, indoor heated pool, racquetball courts and spa.


Bear Creek

101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie

181 miles


Ski report: 866-754-2822

17 slopes and trails, vertical drop of 510 feet, long run of 1 mile, 7 lifts.

Expanded ski school and restaurant, two new carpet lifts. Sasquatch card offers first eight hours skiing free, $10 off midweek tickets, $6 off weekend/ holiday tickets, $4 off evening tickets, $5 off group lessons. Tubing has 10 lanes. The Alpine Kids' Club, a three-weekend progressive program, teaches youths ages 6 to 17 to ski or board or improve existing skills.

Big Boulder

Route 903, Lake Harmony

225 miles


Ski report: 800-468-2442

14 slopes and trails, 475-foot vertical drop, long run of 2,900 feet, 3 kilometers of cross-country trails, 9 lifts.

Advanced snowboarding freestyle terrain park. New beginner snowboarding park. Tubing slope has 12 chutes. All-day passes are $20. Reciprocal lift tickets with Jack Frost Mountain, six miles away.

Blue Knob

Ski Gap Road, Claysburg

160 miles


Ski report: 800-458-3403

34 slopes and trails, 1,072-foot vertical drop, long run of 2 miles, 5 lifts.

Tree and steep skiing favored by hard-cores. Three tubing chutes with 1,000-foot run; two-hour sessions are $13. Terrain park doubled in size. Cross-country ski center open weekends and holidays; $10 trail use fee. Lodging in condos from $345 for up to four people, two-night weekend.

Blue Mountain

1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Danielsville (near Palmerton)

209 miles


Ski report: 877-754-2583

30 slopes, 1,082-foot vertical drop, long run of 6,400 feet, 10 lifts.

Sidewinder Park and Terrain Run terrain parks have improved design. New carpet lift at ski school area. Free babysitting Monday-Friday; weekends and holidays $2 per hour. Tubing park has three lifts, 14 slides; add $10 to lift ticket to include tubing. Lodging specials at wide range of area accommodations.


1 Camelback Rd., Tannersville

229 miles


Ski report: 800-233-8100

33 trails, 800-foot vertical drop, long run of 5,200 feet, 13 lifts.

Largest ski area in the Poconos. Ten tubing lanes with four lifts. Three-hour sessions weekends and holidays are $22; upgrade from skiing $12. Two terrain parks and half-pipe lighted for night use. One terrain park and half-pipe have sound system. Two high-speed quads. Family resort with extensive snowmaking.

Elk Mountain

Route 374, Union Dale

275 miles


Ski report: 800-233-4131

27 slopes and trails, 1,000-foot vertical drop, long run of 8,800 feet, 6 lifts.

Most challenging skiing in state; half of slopes are rated expert. Decent vertical drop. Discounts on Super Senior Tuesdays and Wild College Wednesdays. Moderately priced Wintergarden Restaurant. No on-site lodging, but Web site describes nearby accommodations.

Hidden Valley

Route 31, Somerset

189 miles


Ski report: 800-443-7544

28 slopes and trails, 700-foot vertical drop, long run of 7,920 feet, 12 lifts.

Thirty miles of cross-country trails linked to Kooser State Park or Forbes State Forest. Trail fee is $14. Winter Ski Escape: double-occupancy weekend resort packages for $135 per person per night include lodging, lifts, $10 toward dining, continental breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool. First-time skier/boarder pays $40 for beginner lift pass, equipment rental and group lesson. Good area for families, beginners.

Jack Frost Mountain

Route 940, Blakeslee

226 miles


Ski report: 800-468-2442

30 slopes, 600-foot vertical drop, long run of 2,700 feet, 9 lifts, cross-country trails.

New snowboarding rails, mailboxes and rainbows. Reciprocal lift ticket with Big Boulder, six miles away. Eight tubing chutes, open weekends and holidays only.

Liberty Mountain Resort

78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield (Carroll Valley)

78 miles


Ski report: 717-642-9000

16 slopes, 600-foot vertical drop, long run of 5,200 feet, 9 lifts.

Closest ski area to Washington, Liberty Mountain has front and back ski slopes. Three terrain parks encompass 10 acres. Wide beginner area with extremely gradual grade and carpet lift. Proximity to Baltimore-Washington area means weekends are busy, but crowd management is good. Expanded lodge and tubing area. New Pebble Ridge Kiddie Tubing Hill for ages 2 to 4. Mountainside rooms start at $109 double per night.


1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic (near Scranton)

242 miles


Ski report: 800-468-7669

21 trails, 1,000-foot vertical drop, long run of 1.2 miles, 5 lifts.

Lackawanna County ski center has lighting on all 140 acres. Something for every skier -- bunny slope to giant mogul. New terrain park. Super tubing and kids' tubing are $14 weekdays, $16 weekends and holidays for three- to five-hour sessions.

Seven Springs

777 Waterwheel Dr., Champion

192 miles


Ski report: 800-523-7777

31 slopes and trails, 750-foot vertical drop, long run of 11/4 miles, 14 lifts.

The 5,000-acre resort near Champion has skiing on two sides of mountain. Half of trails rated beginner. Black-diamond Yodeler trail is new; new features in terrain park and more automated snowmaking equipment. High-speed six-passenger chairlift. Ages 80 and older and 5 and younger can buy a season lift pass for $25. Outdoor recreation: tubing, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, snowcat rides, snowshoe tours. Indoors: pool, hot tubs, mini golf, game room, roller skating, fitness room. Dr. John in concert Feb. 1. Packages for hotel, condos, cabins, chalets.

Shawnee Mountain

Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware

230 miles


Ski report: 800-233-4218

23 slopes, 700-foot vertical drop, long run of 5,100 feet, 8 lifts.

Enhancements to Super Park, including seven-foot wall ride, more rails and boxes. Good children's programs. Half of trails are intermediate. Tubing with six chutes, tow and carpet lift. 100 percent snowmaking coverage. Packages starting at $75 per person per night at 109-room, full-service Shawnee Inn.

Ski Roundtop

925 Roundtop Rd., Lewisberry

114 miles


Ski report: 717-432-9631

15 slopes, 600-foot vertical drop, long run of 4,100 feet, 10 lifts.

Homier, laid-back atmosphere distinguishes it from sister slope Liberty Mountain Resort. Cannonball Run snow tubing. Three terrain parks. Super Pipe, one of the biggest, is 600 feet long and 18 feet deep. Revolution Paintball, weather permitting. Warrington Farm B&B, five miles from the slopes, is restored farmhouse.

Tussey Mountain Ski Area

301 Bear Meadows Rd., Boalsburg

210 miles


Ski report: 800-733-2754

7 slopes, 490-foot vertical drop, long run of 5,200 feet, 5 lifts.

Tubing area has 1,000-foot runs. Terrain park with boxes, rails, pipe and assorted jumps. Instructional camp for children in freestyle events. Ten minutes from Penn State; see


13805 Blairs Valley Rd., Mercersburg

91 miles


Ski report: 717-328-9400

19 slopes, 935-foot vertical drop, long run of 4,900 feet, 8 lifts.

Travel 22 miles farther than Liberty for 335 more vertical feet. Weekend adult tubing $13 one hour, $17 two hours. EZ Learn to Ski or Snowboard package $81 weekends. Lodging partners include Whitetail Mountainside Villages and historic 1909 Mercersburg Inn. Season pass also good at Liberty, Roundtop.


Bryce Resort

1982 Fairway Dr., Bayse

116 miles


Ski report: 800-821-1444

8 slopes and trails, 500-foot vertical drop, long run of 3,500 feet, 5 lifts.

Family-oriented area that rarely draws a crowd. New carpet lift at beginner slope. Ridge Runner Snow tubing area is 800 feet long with five chutes; $15 Tuesday-Thursday, $18 Friday-Sunday for two-hour sessions. Good ski racing program and instruction.

The Homestead

1766 Homestead Dr., Hot Springs

220 miles


Ski report: 540-839-7800

9 slopes and trails, 700-foot vertical drop, long run of 4,200 feet, 4 lifts.

Luxury historic resort with variety of activities: ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobile tours, cross-country skiing. Limited night skiing. Resort guests 12 and younger ski free Monday-Thursday, excluding holidays.


4620 Massanutten Dr., McGaheysville

145 miles


Ski report: 800-207-6277

14 slopes, 1,100-feet vertical drop, long run of 4,100 feet, 6 lifts.

First-rate snowboarding destination; main terrain park open only to snowboards, twin-tip skis and snowblades. Night skiing on all slopes. Snow tubing park has 12 lanes, 900 feet; $18 for two hours weekdays, $22 for two hours weekends and holidays.


Route 6641, Wintergreen

151 miles


Ski report: 434-325-2100

24 trails, 1,003-foot vertical drop, long run of 1.4 miles, 5 lifts.

Good beginner slopes and children's program. Two tubing parks have 18 runs. The Plunge, for those 42 inches and taller, is $18 weekdays, $22 weekends. The Slide, a tamer section, is open to ages 2 and older; $18 for two hours; open weekends and holidays only. Resort features indoor tennis, heated pool, spa.

West Virginia

Blackwater Nordic Center

Route 32, Davis

177 miles


Ski report: 800-225-5982

Ten miles of cross-country trails with track set as needed at Blackwater Falls State Park. $5 trail use fee per day. Sledding area with lift. Nordic ski trails linked to those in adjacent Monongahela National Forest.

Canaan Valley Resort

Route 32, Davis

180 miles


Ski report: 800-622-4121

37 slopes and trails, 850-foot vertical drop, long run of 6,000 feet, 3 lifts.

Airboarding new this season. Skiing best suited for families; more challenging Timberline slopes nearby. Nordic skiing in vicinity, too. Night skiing Thursday-Sunday. Remodeled, covered ice skating rink, adjacent to the Hickory Room restaurant. Snowshoeing and snow tubing. First Tracks purchase allows you to be first on the snow in the early morning with ski patrol.

Elk River Touring Center

Route 219, Slatyfork

242 miles


Ski report: 866-572-3771

10 kilometers of groomed trails on farm's property. $5 trail use fee per day. Sledding hill for kids. Adjacent to 30 kilometers of ungroomed trails in Monongahela National Forest. Complete cross-country rental package $15 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger. Snowshoe rental $25 per day with boots. Lodging in farmhouse, inn, cabins. Cranberry Glades Backcountry and Wilderness areas nearby.

Snowshoe Mountain

1 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe

238 miles


Ski report: 304-572-4636

57 slopes and trails, 1,500-foot vertical drop, long run of 1.5 miles, 14 lifts.

Expansive resort for mid-Atlantic. Night skiing included in lift ticket prices. New Spruce Glades Pro Park at Snowshoe and Super Park at the Silver Creek area are highlights of major terrain park expansion and improvements. Big Top family-oriented fun center features large arcade with video games, table games, billiards, entertainment stage and a video cafe. Other activities include snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, snowshoe treks and cross-country skiing.

Timberline Four Seasons Resort

Timberline Road, Canaan Valley

180 miles


Ski report: 800-225-5982

35 slopes, 1,000-foot vertical drop, long run of 10,640 feet, 3 lifts.

Peak elevation of 4,268 feet. New one-mile Twister trail this season. Longest trail is 2 miles. All trails accessible from top. Super Season Weekends include three days' lodging at condo at base and three-day lift ticket for $190 per person for party of four.

White Grass Touring Center


185 miles


Ski report: 800-225-5982

More than 50 kilometers of maintained trails (25 kilometers machine-groomed). Natural foods cafe, curvy trails, backcountry access and Nordic ski shop. Nearby lodging at Timberline, Canaan Valley, Blackwater, B&Bs and motels. Rentals, lessons, guided tours. Area use fee $12 adults, $3 children.


100 Old Flat Top Rd., Ghent

318 miles

304-787-3221 or 800-607-7669

Ski report: 800-225-5982

27 slopes, 603-foot vertical drop, long run of 1.25 miles, 9 lifts.

Tubing area has 16 lanes. Skiers with a lift ticket can get a two-hour tubing ticket for $10.50 (normally $12). Nearby Glade Springs sister resort offers lodging.

-- Compiled by Jeanne Maglaty