20 minutes from Harrisburg, nicely pitched slopes, grooming
600 vertical, short runs
Roundtop is conveniently located only 20 minutes from my house in Harrisburg, and I ski there at least twice a week on uncrowded weekdays. Indeed, I usually am able to park less than a minute walk from the main lift. For a modest 600' vertical (still higher than most Pocono ski areas), Roundtop skies "big." The trails have been cut perfectly to get the most out of the mountain and maintain a steady pitch from top to bottom. There are eight good runs from the top of the two longer chairlifts; two of them have genuinely steep upper sections and another has pleasurable twists and turns. The lifts are not super fast, but are not slow either. The snow-making is ample and the grooming very good, although some crust tends to form in the afternoon on some of the runs. I have not skied there at night, but nearly all of the slopes appear to be lighted. There is a wide, pretty view to the east and north from the summit, which includes the skyline of Harrisburg and ridges and valleys. The lodge is spacious and pleasant and the staff are friendly. It is interesting to see the mountain from Routes 581 and 15; it rises above the valley like a little volcano.