Camelback Mountain Resort

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Pros
  • Diverse terrain serviced by high speed lifts
  • Easily accessible from New York City (Less than 2 hours) and Philadelphia (2 hours)
  • Fantastic family resort with great package deals and facilities
  • New large lodging nearby is perfect for groups
Cons
  • Crowded on weekends and during holidays
  • No true ski-in/ski-out lodging
  • Small terrain means it gets skied off quickly and can develop icy conditions in bad weather

Camelback Mountain Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Sullivan Trail Inn & Suites
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
48% off $213
Paradise Stream Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
42% off $750
Pocono Palace Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
41% off $1,244

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Overall

3.5

One of the larger resorts close to New York City, Camelback is mostly for beginners and intermediates and is an ideal family destination. It's known for its Camelback Resort Lodge which offers ski, stay and play packages including access to their indoor waterpark. Camelback's convenient location makes for a great weekend trip but get there mid-week or outside of the holidays for some crowd-free fresh turns.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January and February

January and February are the best months to visit Camelback as the cold weather will keep any natural snowfall and for the resort to make snow.

FLY TO

John F. Kennedy International Airport

DRIVE TO

Camelback Mountain (2 hours)

Base of Camelback Mountain (Walk)

  • The Camelback Resort Lodge is the main accommodation at the resort
  • While not true ski-in/ski-out, the lodge provides access to the Stevenson Express lift
  • The lodge offers great ski, stay and play packages

Find accommodations around here

Tannersville (2-8 km)

  • Wide range of townhouse rentals featuring 1-4 bedrooms
  • Budget accommodation available such as Days Inn
  • Short drive to slopes

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For beginners

Camelback has plenty of suitable trails for beginners. First timers can start off on the extensive beginner area that spreads across the entire base area. Those with a bit more experience can make their way to the top of the mountain and cruise down the few long green trails Camelback has on offer. Our favourite for beginners include the nice and wide slopes of Julius Caesar to Honeymoon where there is enough room to weave between other skiers.

For intermediates

Intermediates can find a number of blues to cruise across the mountain while park rats can test their skills on the large terrain park mid-mountain where there's even a fun airbag if you dare. Our favourite run for intermediates would have to be Nile Mile. Located off the fast Stevenson Express lift, this long blue gently curves and meanders from the summit down to the base.

For experts

Advanced skiers and snowboarders will most likely get bored quickly at Camelback with the limited amount of black trails here, most of which are not-so challenging. The trail layout isn't great either with 6 black runs on the east side of the mountain and just 2 on the west side and involves skiing between less experienced skiers to get to the other side. If we had to pick one, Cliffhanger is the best run for experts as it's the only double diamond run here and is a straight shot with no interruptions.

Find freshies

Given its close proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, Camelback sees plenty of weekend warriors who tend track out freshies rather quickly. To find the best powder, visit during the week after fresh snow.

Ditch the crowds

All beginner areas and any intermediate areas that lead to beginner areas can get quite crowded so it's best to avoid these spots if you're more experienced. Weekends and holidays also see long lift queues so go in the singles lines to get on the mountain faster.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will have a range of fun activities to do while their counterparts on the slopes including tubing, zip lining, riding the mountain coaster, swimming at the Aquatopia waterpark or just getting a spa treatment.

Families

Families are well catered for at Camelback where they'll find a wide range of great facilities from family changing rooms to large family lodgings. The real drawcard for families is the Camelback Resort Lodge which offers the great ski, stay and play packages including access to the Aquatopia waterpark. Kids will also love the other fun activities such as tubing, zip lining and riding the mountain coaster. Camelback also has a great ski school for first timers and a nursery for the little ones who are not yet old enough to ski.

Camelback Mountain Resort

vs
Camelback Mountain ResortElk Mountain Ski Resort
beginner32 %22 %
intermediate33 %37 %
advanced32 %41 %
expert3 %-
total runs37 27
ski area65ha 73ha
summit elevation640m 821m
total lifts16 7
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$67 USD ($99 AUD) $67 USD ($99 AUD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall61cm 36cm

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Camelback Mountain Resort Reviews

Good 3.6 / 5
based on 26 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

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Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

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Quantity and quality of the snow

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How uncrowded is the resort

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Après ski and dining options

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Superb!4.8 / 5Aug 08, 2019
JVJose V.
advanced skier
Best ski resort near NYC without a doubt. Amazing snow conditions for all ski levels, specially beginners and intermediates. Best quality price mix in the west, grab a bus from NYC and spend the best time this winter!... More
Average!2.9 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsTory S.
expert snowboarder
My second favorite in the poconos behind blue mountain. They have some steep stuff, but the vertical is not too impressive, which means a lot of time spent on lifts. Overall, a good place for a day trip, but if your coming from the Philly area, I would go to blue instead... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsRandy R.
advanced skier
It’s a GREAT LEARNING mountain. Their Terrain Base Learning is best to none. There 36 trails are all fun. And their lift ticket prices are good as well. The food is good, parking is not too bad.... More
Average!3.5 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsKevin N.
advanced skier
This is my go to day trip mountain. Nice fast lifts and great learner area. Good quality rentals and quick lines. The terrain park could use more features, but easy access. Some of the best staff around. Snow making and grooming always on point. For a mid size pocono mountain it gets the job done. Black runs are short but steep. Well lit trails for... More
Average!3.4 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsSerge P.
expert skier
A very nice learning ground and a day trip destination for a greater NY and Philadelphia residents and visitors. Natural snowfall is very limited here, the mountain relies on the snowmaking, very successful in quickly producing large amounts of snow covering the whole mountain. Terrain is various enough, 2 lodges provide satiafactoey basic... More
Average!3.3 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsJeff P.
expert skier
Nice smaller Resort nestled in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. High-speed lifts give skiers quick access To a variety of trails ranging from beginner to low expert. Grooming is not the best however it's one of the closest resorts to New York City. Highly recommended, great views of the surrounding areas... More
Poor!1.9 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsJohn Z.
advanced snowboarder
This is not a place geared for families. Smell of marijuana everywhere. My daughter and I were having lunch and several employees were engaged in the most vulgar conversation . My daughter is 6. Between the drugs and language we I decided to eat in my car with my daughter. BTW...she is 6 The mountain itself is decent and convenient for... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Jan 14, 2019
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsJohn C.
advanced snowboarder
A great mountain for beginners and intermediates, but look elsewhere in the area if you're looking to take turn after turn on some steeps. It's a flatter mountain, and its easy travel to New York makes it a popular destination which can lead to crowds. Definitely a family and tourist mountain and not a skier's mountain.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsXavier M.
intermediate snowboarder
This resort is one of my favorites. I came here my first time snowboarding and I still haven't dont all of the trails. It's in a nice location gorgeous mountain and great food options close by. The rental services are quick and easy and the lifts are fairly quick. Would definitely recommend visiting this place... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 08, 2018
Camelback Mountain Resort ReviewsIvan P.
intermediate skier
Camelback is my Favorite local Mountain. The best service, great conditions, and great food. Can’t beat it! I loved it so much I decided to get married here in the summer d it was the best experience of my life. I will forever come to camelback... More

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