Alpine Mountain Ski and Snow Tubing Center in Pennsylvania is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Alpine Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsAlpine Mountain Ski and Snow Tubing Center in the Pocono Mountain region of northern Pennsylvania is a top choice for families with kids who are just learning the ropes on the slopes. Trails are shorter and less challenging than most other Poconos ski resorts, and it tends to be less crowded -- another plus for families. Located about two hours west of New York City and two hours north of Philadelphia, Alpine Mountain is accessible by car, bus and air; the Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport is conveniently located nearby.
The MountainThe ski season at Alpine Mountain runs from mid-December to early March. Alpine Mountain typically gets about 50 inches of snow a year. The resort also makes its own snow so conditions are as skiable as possible all season long. The single peak has a 1,150-foot summit elevation, a 600-foot base elevation and a 500-foot vertical drop. Trails range in difficulty, but none are at the expert level, so veteran enthusiasts may not find Alpine Mountain challenging enough.
Trails And LiftsAlpine Mountain has 21 trails, including three Easiest slopes, 12 More Difficult slopes for intermediate skiers and six Most Difficult black diamond slopes for experienced skiers. There's also a snow terrain park and half pipe for snowboarding, as well as a snow tubing park. The longest run is a relatively short 3,500 feet. There are three lifts, including two quads and one double, that bring skiers and snowboarders to the top efficiently. In all, Alpine Mountain is a small ski area serving beginner and intermediate skiers, and snowboarders who want a more laid-back experience.
In The NewsAlpine Mountain Ski and Snow Tubing Center keeps a low profile for the most part, but it provided an important contribution to the Poconos ski region as host of the Professional Ski Instructors of America Exams and the American Association of SnowBoard Instructor's Exams in January 2011. Instructors from Alpine and nearby Camelback and Shawnee Mountains participated in the rigorous two-day exams with the hopes of meeting the necessary requirements for certification. Certified instructors teach kids and adults throughout the season at Alpine Mountain.
CostMidweek lift tickets are $40 for adults or $30 for students and seniors; weekend and holiday lift tickets are $49.50 for adults and $35.50 for students and seniors. Children 5 and under receive a free lift ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. There is a $5 discount per ticket when skiers order in advance online on the Alpine Mountain website. All-day snow tubing is $30. On-site equipment rentals are $29 for midweek, $32.50 on weekends and holidays and $26 at night. Helmet rentals are $11. Instruction starts at $27 for a group lesson; private lessons, lesson packages and four-week programs are also available.
Apres-SkiAlpine Mountain offers a very basic setup for skiers, snowboarders and tubers -- there is the mountain and the lodge, with few bells and whistles. The lounge area offers a beautiful mountain view and the option for visitors to bring their own wine or beer to cap off their day. If they are looking for other amenities and attractions, there is no shortage of them in the Poconos, including lots of dining, shopping and entertainment options. If skiers want to make a multiday trip of it, lodging is plentiful in the Poconos.
WATCH: Alpine Mountain Ski and Snow Tubing Center
Alpine Mountain's small size provides the perfect ingredient for learning to ski or snowboard in the Pocono Mountains.