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Montage Mountain


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Philadelphia International Airport
Airlines operating from Philadelphia include Air Jamaica, Air Canada, Air Tran Airways, American Eagle, American Airlines, British Airways, Charter, Continental, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Frontier, Lufthansa, United Express, US Airways, US Airways (Int’l), US Airways Express, USA 3000, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
Newark Liberty International Airport
Airlines operating from Newark include Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American, American Eagle, British Airways, Comair, Continental, Continental Express, Delta, Delta Express, El Al, EVA Airways, Express Jet - Continental, Frontier Airlines,Jet Airways, Jet Blue, Iceland Express, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, L'Avion, Lot Polish, Lufthansa, Malaysia, Miami Air (Charter), Midwest, Open Skies, Porter Airlines, Qantas, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, TAP Portugal, United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet. 

John F. Kennedy International Airport
Airlines operating from JFK include Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, AeroGal, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aero Mexico, AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Air Europa, Air Berlin, Air China, Aires, Air France, Air India, Air Jamaica, Alitalia, American, American Eagle, ANA (All Nippon), Arik Air, Asiana, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Biman Bangladesh, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Caribbean, Cathay Pacific, Cayman Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, Copa Airlines, Delta, Delta Connection, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Lacsa, Lan Chile, Lan Ecuador, Lan Peru, LOT, Lufthansa, Meridiana Fly, Miami Air (charter), North American, Pakistan International Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sun Country, Swiss International Air Lines, TACA International, TAM, Turkish, United Airlines, US Airways, Uzbekistan, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and XL Airways.


Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Airlines operating from Baltimore include Air Canada, Air Mobility Command, Air Tran Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Cape Air, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and US Airways Express.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Airlines operating from Washington National include Air Canada, Air Tran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental, Delta Airlines, Frontier, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and  US Airways Express.
Dulles International Airport
Airlines operating from Dulles include Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Air Tran Airways, ANA, American Airlines, American Connection, Austrian, Avianca,  British Airways, Continental, Copa, Delta, Ethiopian, Iberia, Jet Blue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Open Skies, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airlines, Southwest Airlines, SAS, Sun Country Airlines, Grupo Taca, United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic.


From New York:  (Driving Time 2 Hours)

Take I-80 West into Pennsylvania, get on I-380 North to I-81 South.

Take Exit 182A, Montage Mountain Road, and follow the signs.


From Philadelphia:  Driving Time 2 Hours

Take I-476 PA Turnpike to exit 115, Wyoming Valley.

Pick up I-81 North. Take Exit 182, Montage Mountain Road, and follow the signs.


From Baltimore and Washington, DC:  Driving Time 3-4 Hours

Take I-83 North to I-81 North. Take Exit 182, Montage Mountain Road, and follow the signs.


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Hilton Scranton and Conference Center


Convenient location offering 175 guestrooms, complimentary Internet access, refrigerator, indoor pool, spa tub, and complimentary airport shuttle.


Extra person charges may apply


$110 and up


Hampton Inn Scranton Montage Mountain



Convenient location offering 129 guestrooms, complimentary breakfast and Internet access, indoor pool, spa tub, fitness center and complimentary airport shuttle.



Extra person charges may apply



$110 and up



Comfort Suites






Convenient location offering 100 guestrooms, complimentary continental breakfast and Internet access, kitchenette, indoor pool, spa tub, fitness center and complimentary airport shuttle.




Extra person charges may apply





$110 and up 





  • Many hotels to select from in Scranton, PA

Northern Light Espresso Bar located at 536 Spruce St. (across from Courthouse Sq), Scranton, PA 18503.
Angelo Bistocchi's Restaurant located at 1120 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA 18510.
Penalty Box located at 3277 Birney Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.
  • Many chain and family owned restaurants available in Scanton, PA



Montage Mountain

Montage Mountain is located in the Northeastern Pocono mountains, voted "Best Ski Resort" by NEPA Family Favorites Awards 2013, the Weekender's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards, and The Times-Tribune 2013 Reader's Choice Awards. Montage offers a full 1,000 feet of thrilling vertical drop. The terrain ranges from beginner to double black diamonds with both the steepest pitch in the Pocono northeast and longest intermediate cruising trails, more than a mile long. Montage Mountain's 100 percent snowmaking and 100 percent night skiing ensures excellent skiing conditions both day and night. And don't miss the Ski School with instructors for all levels of skiers from first-timers to advanced racers and freestylers. Skiers at age 3 start with the Mini Mountaineers Program, and age 5 starts the Mountaineers. Montage also offers lesson packages to those 11 and older and private lessons for any age group. For the more adventuresome at any age, race NASTAR. And for the adults there is the Adult Race League. The whole mountain is open to snowboarders, but most end up in either Whistler Terrain Park or Spike Terrain Park. Montage Mountain also offers instruction in snowboarding. Snow Tubing is also available; ask about their Snow Tubing birthday parties! Birthday party packages include a 3 hour snowtubing pass, and a 1 hour pizza party (includes pizza and soda). Add on hot chocolate and unlimited toasted marshmallows to any group outing for an additional $3 per person! The ski area offers the following amenities: reserved group ticket discounts, hotel discount lift tickets, full-service rental shop, Ski Store, Ski School, cafeteria, and bar and restaurant. Go and relax by the fireplace and enjoy your favorite food, drinks, and entertainment in our beautiful Slocum Hollow Bar and Restaurant, open daily at 11.

Snow making percent100%
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Lifts-Total number of lifts7
Lifts-Total lift capacity8000/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only10%
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General-Base elevation960'
General-Vertical drop1000'
General-OwnerLackawanna County
General-Mountain rangePoconos
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds140 acres
General-Snow making coverage140 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Nearby, Cheap Lift Tix, Fast Lifts, Good Steeps

Cons: Very Crowded, Can Be Very Icy, Lame Name, Wierd Layout

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The Good:  Relatively inexpensive lift tickets and great discounts on family nite, steep trails on the North Face (Smoke, Boomer, and White Lightning), long runs from the top, very easy access from major cities.


The Bad: Close to the cities means lots of crowds.  The snow they do get (and make) gets wind-blown and iced-up quickly.  Montage Mtn is split up in two areas: the upper mtn and the north face.  The upper mtn is quite flat (the bad), but the north face is quite steep by PA standards (see the good).


Pros: Not crowded, challenging terrain for PA, easy-going

Cons: Short runs, old lifts

Snö Mountain, formerly known as Montage before a change in ownership, is the closest mountain to Scranton, PA. Set a little further into the Poconos than the more popular mountains like Blue or Camelback, Snö tends to have a "local-mountain" feel to it, which comes with its pros and cons, of course, but for this Pocono hill, mostly pros!


The first thing many people notice when they arrive at Snö is its parking lot and Lodge located mid-mountain. The mountain is actually effectively split in two, with the easier trails taking up the top two-thirds of the hill and the most challenging trails rounding out the bottom third. For those impatient to start skiing right away, this means you can park, hike a short walk to the lodge, and then ski right away down to the bottom. The only downside to this arrangement is that all of the full-length runs start out as blues and only turn into blacks at the bottom. However, a run like Upper Fast Track to Lower Fast Track or Snake to Runaway is a great run, especially for anyone who likes to let their skis open up and break speed limits. 


The western side of the lower mountain, serviced by the Phoebe Snow Lift, a fixed-grip quad, contains the most challenging terrain, albeit a bit short due to the mid-mountain arrangement. White Lightning touts itself as the "Steepest Trail in PA," and it certainly is steep. This trail, as well as Boomer, its next-door neighbor, can offer some fantastic challenges when the bumps grow, but otherwise it's like a shot of espresso: an adrenaline rush while you're on it, but over way too quickly. This feeling may or may not be exacerbated by the fact that all the lifts are fixed-grip. Luckily the lines are usually at a minimum, but like most east-coast areas outside of the Adirondacks and VT, you'll be spending more minutes on the chair than on the snow. 


The new management company may be upgrading the lifts soon, for they were responsible for the upgrade of the snowmaking system, which has been excellent. To be sure, there are icy days like at any other mountain, but Snö has very good and consistent grooming. A couple of magic carpet lifts service the beginner areas and the snow-tubing park. Other improvements they made include a renovated food court area and lodge, and upgrading their two terrain parks to include two new halfpipes (one of which is a 22-footer). The main lodge is full of cafeteria-style tables, and the food prices won't gouge you. Occasionally it will get overly crowded, but it's usually well-managed.


Scranton is a medium-sized town, and offers some decent (and fairly cheap) amenities. Families should have no problem with the friendly folks of Central PA, but Snö loses some points in my book for not having a full-day lesson program for kids. However, for slightly older kids who can already ski well, the NASTAR program is pretty good. 


Snö is a great Pocono mountain for the intermediate-to-advanced skier, offering some nice terrain that can't be matched anywhere in the region. Adult beginners will also have a pretty good time here, as the beginner trails are well-suited for the task of learning, and the ski instructors are pretty good. Families with younger kids who need all-day programs may want to head to Elk or Shawnee, or other mountains in the area. With any luck they'll start a shuttle service and offer a lift-ticket package once (if?) the Amtrak connection from Scranton to New York is completed. It'll make this great area more accessible (though here's hoping that it won't get too crowded!) 


Pros: Accessibility, Vertical Drop, Terrain Difficulty, Snow Making

Cons: Lifts, Lodge

I consider Sno to be my "Home" mountain. In any given year I probably ski other mountains more than Sno, but it is the closest major area to me. Sno's biggest asset in my opinion is their double black trails. When conditions are right White Lightning can be one of the funnest mogul trails to ski. It is one of the steepest trails I have ever skied, although due to being in the Poconos that still is not very long. 


Sno has one of the best snow making systems in Pennsylvania. They made significant investments when the current ownership bought the mountain from the county. One area they haven't invested in is Lifts. The lifts are old and very, very slow. The one lift broke down on my last trip there, leaving me suspended in the air. Ski Patrol did a first rate job getting us off and handling the guests though. Plus I ended up getting a free ticket for my next visit when I skied on an 18" powder day.


The mountain is easily accessible right off of the interstate to Montage Mountain Road; however, the base lodge is mid-mountain (very odd setup) and snaking up the mountain can be a bit of a challenge. The parking lot is also above the lodge and there is no easy way to drop off gear. 


The lodge tends to get crowded and they try to pack more tables in there than there is room for which can create havoc trying to find your gear on a crowded day.  Because of being in the city it can get crowded, especially in the evenings for night skiing.


They do a good job at grooming and I rarely have had issues with the terrain being to icy even during the night skiing period. They open all the terrain except the lone glade for nights which is convenient for after work or school skiing.