1) Blue Mountain
This one is cheating a bit since Blue Mountain is technically in the Appalachians, but it the highest vertical drop in the Philadelphia Area at 1,082 feet, and for that reason, it’s #1 on our list. Being only about an hour and a half drive from Philadelphia makes it so that you can come up on the spur of the moment, and hit some of the best skiing in the mid-Atlantic. They have tons of webcams also so you can check out conditions before you decide to make the drive.
With a vertical drop of 800 feet, Camelback is nothing to sneeze at either. It’s another very close one, at about an hour and 45 minutes from Philadelphia, and has some great slopes
3) Jack Frost / Big Boulder
With Jack Frost and Big Boulder, you get 2 mountains. Big Boulder, the “Snowboarder’s Mountain” and Jack Frost, the “Skiers Mountain”. The distance to Jack Frost and Big Boulder from Philadelphia is about the same as Camelback. The vertical drop at Jack Frost is 600 feet, and at Big Boulder it is 475 feet, and the mountains have 20 and 15 trails, respectively.
4) Elk Mountain
With number 4 on our list, we get back to the big verticals. Elk Mountain has a 1,000 foot vertical drop, making it the second highest vertical drop on this list, behind Blue Mountain. Unfortunately, it’s distance from Philadelphia is what puts it down at #4. It’ll take you about 2 hours and 45 minutes to get from Philly to Elk.
5) Montage Mountain
With a 1,000 foot vertical drop, Montage ties Elk for the second biggest drop on this list. It’s closer to Philadelphia too, at about a 2 hour and 15 minute drive. Montage is located close to the city of Scranton, and can sometimes be a bit more crowded than some of the more remote mountains.