There are lots of reasons not to go to Elk Mountain Ski Resort. First of all it in the middle of nowhere 20 Mins from Scranton and 20 Mins off highway along an access road with just a few hole in the wall stores. There is no or spotty cell phone service and no wi-fi service at the resort. There is no Outlet Stores, tubing, zip lines, water parks or big air bags. The resort has no hotels, spas, night clubs, Starbucks Cafe or Waffle houses you see at other resorts. They do have a terrain "area" two small areas not even a whole trail. At the 50 year old original lodge, you even have to bring and cook your own food over an open fire, there is a more modern base lodge with a basic cafeteria and a small restaurant. The chair lifts are old and slow, the main chair is a double that has wood seats with very little paint. They boast tree planting to be their "Major Mountain Improvements". BUT IF YOU WANT TO ALPINE SKI AND SNOWBOARD THIS IS THE BEST PLACE IN PA. Best Trails, Best Snow, and Best Grooming. Always empty when I go on weekdays but I never heard a complaint about lift lines on weekends. Not a whole lot of Terrain for beginners but is known for it outstanding ski school. The long trails and short but slow lifts are protected by those trees to keep the snow and give you that "Skiing in Vermont with out the drive" experience. The resort it far enough north and in the middle of nowhere to have better snow making conditions then the other resorts and their snow makers do a FANTASTIC JOB with what mother nature give them. Truly a resort where the snow and the mountain come first. This is why I chose to often pass by the other resorts on my way up to Elk. Real alpine skiers and Snowboarders come to Elk Mountain and please send everyone else to Camelback.