The Essential Guide to Camelback Mountain Ski Resort

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Camelback Mountain itself (also called “Big Pocono”) has an elevation of 2,133 feet. The resort is less than two hours from both New York City and Philadelphia and a little more than three hours from Baltimore.

There are 16 lifts at Camelback (two high-speed detachable quad chairlifts, three triple chairlifts, five double chairlifts, four magic carpet lifts, and two tubing magic carpet lifts) and more than 30 trails, each of which can be lit up for night-skiing. At the resort, you’ll find Pennsylvania’s only half-pipe. It’s also the only resort in Pennsylvania offering year-round activities with indoor climbing, a mountain coaster, ziplining, and more.

Camelback boasts 1,200 snowmaking guns that provide 100% snowmaking coverage on all 166 acres. 

Terrain

Camelback Ski Resort has 162 skiable acres; 800-foot vertical rise; 39% beginner; 26% intermediate; 26% expert; 9% advanced.

Along with Camelback’s trail system, there are six terrain parks at the resort: Dromedary, Lower Moore’s Ramble, Oak Grove, Progression Park, Turkey Trot, and Upper Moore’s Ramble.

  • Advanced: Camelback has seven black diamond trails (Asp, Hump, John Bailey, Marjie’s Delight, Pharoah, Rocket, and Sullivan Trail) and the double-black diamond Cliffhanger.
  • Intermediate: The intermediate trails on Camelback include Bactrian, Big Pocono, King Tut, Lower Cleopatra, Near East, Nile Mile (the longest trail at 5,280 feet), Old Main Line, Pocono Raceway, Rhododendron Glen, Sphinx, Uncle Bill’s Way, and Upper Cleopatra.
  • Beginner: Camelback’s green circle trails include Birches, Coolmoor, Home Again, Honeymoon, James Way, Julius Caesar, Laurel Glade, Little Caesar, Lower Marc Antony, Meadows, Sunbowl, and Upper Marc Antony.

    Lift Tickets

    Lift tickets begin at $53 for adults (19-64) or $45 for children (6-18) and seniors (65-69) per day, midweek (excluding holiday periods). Weekend and holiday tickets begin at $67 for adults or $49 for children and seniors. Holiday periods for the 2017-2018 season include December 23-January 1, January 13-15, and February 17-24.

    Discounts are offered for half-days (starting at 3 p.m.) and for active U.S. Military Members and veterans with the proper identification. Seniors 70+ ski free during the week (excluding holidays).

    A unique feature of Camelback is that if you are unsatisfied with the snow within your first hour at the mountain, you can approach Guest Services and exchange for a lift ticket for another day during the season.

    Food and Drink

    • Big Pocono Family Eatery: Hot meals of house-smoked pulled pork, mac and cheese, soup and chili, and an Asian wok station await you and your crew at Big Pocono Family Eatery in the base area lodge.
    • Cammello’s Pizza: Italian for Camel, Cammello’s offers Italian favorites like pizza (personal and 16” sizes), meatball subs, and chicken parm, along with the non-Italian Dippin’ Dots for dessert.
    • Eastside Pitstop: Stations at Eastside Pitstop in the base area lodge include sausage/hotdog, pasta, and carving. You can also find nachos and gluten-free options. Catch up on the games here while grabbing a beer.
    • Thirsty Camel: If you couldn’t tell by the name, the Thirsty Camel is the best place at Camelback to throw some drinks back. Expect live music, dancing, serious pub fare (paninis, nachos, ½ pound burgers, and more), and lots of fun.
    • Glen Lodge Smokehouse: Ski in and out of this three-story eatery hidden among the laurels along the way to the Stevenson quad-chair lift and the Mountain Coaster. Find fresh-smoked BBQ, live music, and a Bloody Mary bar on Saturdays.
    • CBK Lodge: With a similar menu to Big Pocono Family Eatery but conveniently located at the Sunbowl Terrain, CBK Lodge makes for a good stop in between runs.
    • Waffle Cabin: All good ski resorts have all-day waffles. Find Camelback’s at two locations, one outside the main lodge and one near the tubing area.
    • Cameltop Mountain Lodge: For grab-and-go items in the middle of the ski day, visit Cameltop Mountain Lodge across from the Sullivan Express/Bailey Chair/Cleo Chair/Marc Antony Chair.

    Rentals and Gear

    For the 2017-2018 season, rent either skis, boots, and poles or a snowboard and boots for the whole day for $40 or starting at 3 p.m. for $30. High performance equipment is extra. You can also rent skis, a snowboard, poles, or boots a la carte if you already own partial equipment. Helmets are $12 and wrist guards are $5.25. Find the rental shop on the base level next to the main ticketing area. Register your rental needs online at least a day in advance to cut down on wait times.

    The Loft is a full-service ski and snowboard shop with equipment, clothing, accessories, and more located next to the Big Pocono Family Eatery. There’s also a smaller shop open on weekends and holidays in the CBK Lodge.

    Lessons and Clinics

    Kids’ programs at Camelback include half-day programs, single-session Learn to Ski/Ride packages, 90-minute beginner lessons, and private lessons. Adult programs include 90-minute beginner lessons and private lessons. With the resort’s Explorer Card, get a discount on a group of three lessons, lift tickets, and rentals. Camelback offers a full-service adaptive skiing program.

    Skiing and Snowboarding Alternatives

    • Snowtubing: Camelback proudly boasts the largest snowtubing park in the United States with 42 “lightning-fast” lanes. For the 2017/18 season, the resort is introducing something new: Galactic Snowtubing. A brand-new LED show will begin each night once the sun sets. Tubing tickets for all ages are $25 midweek or $35 weekends/holidays for a 3-hour session. Military members pay $23 or $32. A 9:00 a.m. session is available for $30 on weekends/holidays.
    • Mountain Coaster: The Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster at Camelback is 4,500 feet of steel track, scenery, and thrills. Tickets are recommended in advance and can be purchased online for $10 a ride (drivers and passengers).
    • Zipline: Soar through the air from 8 stories above the ground on the 1,000-foot-long zipline. Ride next to a friend and race each other on the way down. Tickets are $15/ride.
    • Indoor Waterpark: Aquatopia has been voted the best indoor waterpark in the United States. It has 84-degree water all year round, 13 water slides, cabanas, and a swim-up bar. You’ll feel miles away from the mountain though you’re right there.
    • For those tiring of the thrills, you’ll also find arcade games, miniature golf, laser tag, paint-your-own-pottery, a ropes course, and a spa at the Camelback Lodge.

      Lodging

      Camelback Lodge is one of the most popular resorts in the Poconos area with more than 450 guest suites, shopping, and a huge conference center. Indoor and outdoor activities are provided for all ages, whether you’re into climbing and laser tag or relaxing at the luxury spa.

      For long-term and more private accommodations, check out the available townhome rentals that can sleep up to 14 guests or the current real estate situation if you’re in the market to buy or sell.