Jack Frost Big Boulder is a great day trip for skiers looking to satisfy their snow fix without making that long road trip. It is located in the Pocono Mountains and is about an hour away from Philadelphia and about two hours away from New York City.
Big Boulder Mountain
• Summit elevation: 2175′
• Base elevation: 1700′
• Vertical drop: 475′
• Trails: 15
• Lifts: 10 (2 Triples | 5 Doubles | 1 Carpets | 2 Carpet Tubing Lifts)
Jack Frost Mountain
• Summit elevation: 2000′
• Base elevation: 1400′
• Vertical drop: 600′
• Trails: 20 (4 Easier | 6 More Difficult | 8 Most Difficult | 2 Terrain Parks)
• Lifts: 12 (1 Quad | 2 Triples | 6 Doubles | 1 Carpet | 2 Surface Tubing Lifts)
Jack Frost Big Boulder are actually 2 different mountains located in the Poconos and are a quick 10-minute drive from one another.
Big Boulder was established in 1947 and was the first ski resort in PA. Big Boulder also has bragging rights as the birthplace of modern-day snowmaking! Big Boulder is well known throughout the Poconos for its terrain park. The mountain is basically a park rat’s dream. For the most part, Big Boulder is one big terrain park with features on almost every trail to hit. One trail that I found a lot of fun was an intermediate trail called, “Bunny’s Elbow”. It is one of the few trails at Big Boulder that skiers/boarders can just go down with few to little features on them. It is narrow with quick turns and has a few small vertical drops on the trail but does offer some glades you can hit as well.
Jack Frost is a family-oriented ski resort that embodies the characteristics of a ski resort that the Poconos are famous for. The mountain offers terrain best suited for beginners to intermediate. There are some trails that are truly fun to hit there for the more experienced skiers/boarders. I would suggest their diamond slope,” Telstar” that drops into another diamond slope, “Floyd’s Folly”. It’s narrow, has quick turns, short but fast vertical drops, and has a great view of the Lehigh River below you.
When it comes to lift ticket prices you really cannot beat Jack Frost Big Boulder. Their lift ticket prices are lower than other ski resorts around the area making them great for families. It is also important to remind guests that at Jack Frost Big Boulder your lift passes are valid at both resorts for that day. So, you are getting to experience two mountains while purchasing just one lift pass! Jack Frost Big Boulder is also part of the Epic Pass program.
Jack Frost Big Boulder is a great place for skiers/boarders who looking for a resort that offers a little bit of everything, that is not that far away and without paying those high ticket prices.