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Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

 

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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Philadelphia International Airport
Airlines operating from Philadelphia include Air Jamaica, Air Canada, AirTran 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, AirTran 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, AirTran 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, AirTran 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.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
From Philadelphia, Allentown, Southern New Jersey or Delaware: Use the N.E. Extension (Route 476) to Exit 131 (formerly Exit 39), then I-81 North to Exit 206 (formerly Exit 63) to Route 374 East. Approximate drive time from Philadelphia area: 2 hrs., 20 minutes

 

From N.Y.C. or Northern New Jersey: Use I-80 West to I-380 North to I-81 North to Exit 206 (formerly Exit 63) to Route 374 East. Approximate drive time from Stroudsburg, PA - 1 hour: 15 minutes

 

From Binghamton, NY: I-81 South to Exit 211 (formerly Exit 64) and follow signs. Approximate drive time from Binghamton: 55 minutes

 

From Philadelphia: (2 hours)

Take the Route 476 N to Route 22 East exit in Allentown. Follow Route 22 East to Route 33 North into I-80 East to PA Exit 309 (Old Exit 52), Route 209 North and follow Shawnee Mountain signs.

 

From Metropolitan New York and Northern New Jersey: (1 1/2 hours)

Take I-80 West, 75 miles to PA Exit 309 (Old Exit 52), Route 209 North and follow Shawnee Mountain signs.

 

From Trenton and Central New Jersey: (2 hours)

Take Route 31 North to Route 46 West to I-80 West to PA Exit 309 (Old Exit 52), Route 209 North and follow Shawnee Mountain signs.

 

From Shore Points and Southern New Jersey: (up to 3 hours)

Take Garden State Parkway North to Route 287 North to I-80 West to PA Exit 309 (Old Exit 52), Route 209 North and follow Shawnee Mountain signs.

 

From Harrisburg, PA: (2 1/2 hours)

Take I-78 East to Route 22 East past Allentown to Route 33 North into I-80 East to PA Exit 309 (Old Exit 52), Route 209 North and follow Shawnee Mountain signs.

 

From Baltimore and Washington, DC: (4 to 5 hours)

Route I-95 North to Route 476 North and follow the directions above from Philadelphia.

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort

 

Convenient location offering comfortable guestrooms, some with kitchenettes, indoor pool and hot tub.

 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$99 and up

 

 

Fernwood Hotel & Resort

 

 

 

Hotel rooms and luxury villa rentals just five minutes from Shawnee Mountain. Restaurants, live entertainment, indoor pool and fitness area, Winter Fun Center with snow tubing, horseback riding, massage, video arcade, 18 hole golf course & daily activities. Villas sleep up to six, some with whirlpool tubs.
 

Extra person charges may apply

 

 

$79 and up

 

 

 

Hampton Inn Stroudsburg/Poconos Comfortable guest rooms with complimentary breakfast, refrigerator, indoor pool and fitness center. Extra person charges may apply

$145 and up

 

       
       

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Dining
Saen Thai Cuisine Limited - located at Buttermilk Falls Rd, Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356.
 

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Several on-site restaurants and eateries, ski shop, tune and repair center. 
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Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Description:

Located in the Poconos, Shawnee Mountain is the closest major Pennsylvania ski area to metropolitan New York and New Jersey.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent100%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet4
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity12,600/hr.
Trails-1-Beginner25%
Trails-2-Intermediate50%
Trails-3-Advanced25%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total23
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run5100'
General-Base elevation650'
General-Vertical drop700'
General-Owner
General-Mountain rangePoconos
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds125 acres
General-Snow making coverage125 acres
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: SkiWee and Day Care Program, good snowmaking, great trails for a small mountain, perfect for families

Cons: low vertical, little natural snow, can get crowded

Shawnee Mountain was my home mountain from the ages of 3-18. My sister and I started in their SkiWee program and ended up teaching the little tykes ourselves in high school and college. For a while it was actually the only mountain we knew, but for a mountain its size (let's be honest: it's a hill), it did not disappoint.

 

The employees at Shawnee are, for the most part, top-notch. The majority come from the nearby towns of Stroudsburg, or East Stroudsburg, PA, with a few weekenders coming in from Philly (like us) or NYC. Shawnee's SkiWee program is an all-day lesson for the kids, including lunch and snack. I was quite addicted to the chicken noodle, the cookies, and the hot cocoa when I was growing up, but the instructors were definitely the best part about SkiWee. Dedicated to skiing and great with kids, rare was the day that we did not have a good time with our instructors. The program was definitely a great way to grow up with skiing and learning to love it.

 

Shawnee has two base lodges, Trepp and Hope Lodge, that connect to one another, as well as a summit lodge that can be rented out by groups for overnight stays. Both have good food, and are not too pricey, considering ski resort prices. The base lodges are spacious, complete with fireplaces, wood furniture in areas, and plenty of room for brown-baggers. The summit lodge, while not as spacious, is a great place to warm up on cold days, and has a cozy, classic wooden barn-type design.

 

The mountain trails are well-designed for the available terrain, and offer up some decent slopes for all levels. Speed freaks will no doubt find the mountain lacking in vertical and thus trail length, but that goes for every mountain in the Poconos. Shawnee can tend to get crowded, due to its proximity to both Philadelphia and New York City, but the mountain itself is actually pretty well spread out. When open, the F Double that services Bushkill, Bennekill, and Kittatinny is usually less crowded, and this is where NASTAR sets up, so it's a nice run. Arrowhead, Tomahawk, and Delaware, serviced by the B Triple, are also good runs to hit. Though Tecumseh and Chief Thundercloud (or Chief Thunderchicken as we used to call it in SkiWee) can also be fun runs for more advanced skiers, keep in mind that you'll have to check your speed really quickly as they open out into the Greenhouse Slope, a slow-skiing zone where all the full-length easier trails merge.

 

As for terrain parks, I haven't gotten a chance to scope out the new park on the western side (top of Bushkill), but the "Incubator" park on the eastern side at the top of Delaware has been redesigned for beginners, while the Bushkill park is for advanced freeskiers and boarders. According to this, it looks like the Bushkill park is fully stocked.

 

For beginners, there are enough full-length options to challenge their new-found skills, and Shawnee just added a few Magic Carpet lifts at the bunny slopes. The adult instructors are just as good and dedicated as the SkiWee instructors are, but just in case (horror of horrors!) you're a little tired of skiing or snowboarding, five lanes of snowtubing have been set up by the bunny slopes.

 

Shawnee also owns and operates a large inn with full facilities (golf course, pool, sauna, etc), and has extensively developed multiple time-share "villages" in the nearby town, Shawnee-On-Delaware. These time-shares are great for families or groups, able to sleep 8-10 people and often come with screened porches, full kitchens, jacuzzi tubs, cable TV, and more. Anyone living in the time-share villages has access to the newly renovated recreational center which has a library, video room, Olympic-sized pool, fitness room, Jacuzzi, basketball and volleyball court, etc.

 

For its proximity to major metropolitan areas, family-friendly area housing, and on-mountain amenities, Shawnee is definitely a great deal in the Poconos. Though there may not be that much to do in town for non-locals, that fact keeps most of the rowdy crowds at Blue or Camelback. To be sure, Shawnee does get its fair share of crowds, but seems to manage them rather well. If you're stuck with the Poconos as the closest range to you, try starting at Shawnee with your family and then possibly moving to Elk or Snö, which have some more challenging terrain. Camelback and Blue are good too, but can get a little "mall"-ish, as they're the closest by a few miles to the major cities.

Posted

Pros: High speed quad

Cons: Short runs

Shawnee is a surprisingly good value. At just 700' vertical, the runs are short. Yet the high-speed quad makes up for it. I felt like I was doing a lot of skiing.

Posted

Pros: Can't think of any

Cons: Very small mountain

I went there once for a Boy Scout ski trip.   It was OK, nothing memerable about it.  It's a good little local hill if you live close by.