1000 Montage Mountain Rd.
Sno Mountain occupies a mountain ridge on the rim of Scranton. It was once Called “Montage” and was owned by the municipal government of this fabled Pennsylvania mining town. It’s come a long way since ownership changed hands three years ago from people who knew about coal to people who know about skiing. Snowmaking has been upgraded, a new terrain park was planted, lifts were overhauled and the lodge converted from drab to dazzling. Here’s what you’ll find.
Sno Mountain is relatively easy to navigate from a lodge and parking lots located midway on the hill. Easier trails and slopes are above the lodge. Advanced and expert terrain is below. The longest runs involve connecting trails of varying skill levels to ski or ride from summit to base. Two terrain parks on the upper portion of the mountain were newly designed to give snowboarders and advanced skiers a competitive challenge. The mountain holds 30 separate slopes, trails, learning areas, glades, terrain parks and connectors. Wide slopes with the feel of bowl skiing makes Sno Mountain a cruisers delight. While double-diamond headwalls on the lower trails, keep advanced skiers on their edges. Seven lifts, including a pair of Magic Carpets for young beginners keep the traffic flowing. The entire mountain is lighted for night skiing and 10 snow tubing chutes provide 800 feet of undulating tubing action.
The lodge is home to a professional ski school and well stocked equipment rental shop. There’s cafeteria dining or the high-energy backdrop of the “Sno Grille” restaurant and bar. It’s a sports bar atmosphere with half-dozen flat screen TV’s, a pub food menu and live weekend entertainment.
Full service hotels with ski packages, B&B’s and Inns are located near the mountain and downtown Scranton is minutes away.
What it costs: Sno Mountain offers a unique 4 hour ticket. The clock starts ticking when you buy the tag. Four hours of anytime adult skiing costs $39 midweek, $45 on weekends. Adult all-day tickets go for $44 midweek, $53 on weekends. Youth (6-18), senior (65+) and college student tags are $34 midweek and $42 on weekends. The youth, senior and college student tickets sell for $31 midweek and $36 on weekends. For other rates and multi-day pricing go to: http://www.snomtn.com/index.php/tickets/lift-tickets/
Getting there: From Philadelphia
Take I-476 PA Turnpike to exit 115, Wyoming Valley.