- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 2
- All Mtn. Terrain 3
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 3
Pros: Fun lower section, decent prices, near freeway
Cons: Very slow lifts, Scenery, Stairs to the lodge
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2010
I went to Sno Mountain twice this year... Once on Christmas Eve 2009 and once for a night skiing session in February 2010.
I had fun both times but Sno is definitely a goofy mountain.
First, it's right off 84 in Scranton. So you drive into the city to go skiing and the scenery suffers (you can see Home Depot from the lower section.) It's also a summer time park, so there's a water slide by the lodge and skeeball on the inside. Not your ordinary mountain.
That said, the trails can be pretty fun -- especially on the lower section. If you go earlier in the day while there's still snow and no ice on those runs you can get some spectacular speed. And there's no lift line at the bottom. The top section is okay -- good for beginners who want their first taste of intermediate trails. And the top is also way wider than the bottom.
**you can also park near the lifts for the lower section and get your lift ticket there without going to the main lodge.
Overall, Sno is good for a quick fix. I can tell it brings in local crowds from the city who are looking to hang out in the lodge but on the mountain the lift lines weren't too bad -- compared to more crowded places in the Poconos.
You can get in some good runs and since it's close to the freeway, it's easy to get to. Also compared to other resorts, lift tickets were more affordable. And the bar has cheap drinks.
Which is good because you'll need a drink to put up with the incredibly slow lifts... bring a friend so you can talk and pass the time.