second best ski area in PA

by: tom travis - Feb 2, 2011

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: seven excellent advanced trails , steady pitch, fast lift, lovely views

    Cons: slow lift on intermediate area, no long intermediate trails from the summits, crowded on weekends

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2011

Full review

Whitetail is my second favorite PA ski area, after Elk. It has a true 930' vertical from the summit; seven pleasurable trails from the twin summits, with a steady pitch and some real steepness; a fast, detatchable quad that whisks skiers up to the summit in about four minutes; a beautiful view to the east and south from the summit; ample snow making; excellent grooming; a lovely, spacious lodge; welcome free ski checking and a friendly staff. The ski lift for the easy intermediate slope of about 500' vertical is very slow. The area needs winding, long intermediate trails from the summit, which could be cut but have not, to provide more variety. I only ski there weekdays when there are no lift lines. I expect that the weekends are very crowded with long lift lines.