Bear Creek Snowboard/Ski & Recreation Area
This mountain is 45 minutes less drive than the Pokonos for me. I also noticed that it faces away from the cold Northwest winds which made the difference on the freezing cold day that I went.
Here is a link to check the weather and conditions:
http://www.weather.com/weather/alerts/?alertId=39388&dbSeq=null The mountain is friendly ! From the people to the terrain. Don't get me wrong, there are some challenging trails and some massive jumps along with a half pipe and all kinds of slide rails to keep the experts happy. Try this place out !
Big Air at Bear
Bear Creek isn't afraid to build a terrain park !
Not only were the hits big and fun, they were shaped well and ripable!
Watch your speed on this one. I landed on the flats once. Be prepared for big swings in temperature between morning, afternoon and evening. I like to wear layers so I can add and subtract according to the conditions.
If you hate clomping up and down stairs with awkward ski boots on-relief. Right outside the locker room, at the rear of the lobby is an elevator to whisk you upstairs to the dining area. There is also an ATM machine tucked in the corner so you can take out more money for those expensive burgers all Pocono ski areas soak you for.
The cafeteria is upstairs. Very nice. Cozy wooden furniture, two huge, double-sided stone fireplaces. Usual choices of food: pizza, burgers, chicken fingers, soups, a set hot meal of the day, salads, sandwiches. Lots to choose from. If you want table service the restaurant is attached to the cafeteria-in you go. (Beer in the restaurant-not in the cafeteria.)
Watching the skiers and boarders
While you're chowing down, you can watch the skiers and boarders out on the slopes. Or you can park non-skiers who came up with you in here for the day. They can eat and watch--you'd be surprised how many people actually do this!