Montage Mountain Ski Resort
|Location||Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Vertical||1,000 ft (300 m)|
|Top elevation||1,960 ft (600 m)|
|Base elevation||960 ft (290 m)|
|Skiable area||140 acres (0.57 km2)|
- 35% - beginner
- 30% - intermediate
- 20% - advanced
- 15% - expert
|Longest run||1.183 mi (1.904 km)|
|Lift system||7 chairlifts
2 surface lifts
|Snowfall||60 in (1.5 m)|
Montage Mountain is a ski area in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It is located 125 miles northwest of Philadelphia and New York City. There are 26 trails, 2 terrain parks, and PA's longest snowtubing trails. The mountain has a summit elevation of 1,960 feet (600 m) and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet (300 m).
Originally called Montage Mountain Ski Area, the area was developed by Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, using federal economic development funds. In 1979, the county bought the land from Pennsylvania Gas & Water Co. for $14 million. Construction began in January 1984 and was completed in time for the grand opening in December. In 2006, Lackawanna County sold the 388-acre ski area to Sno Mountain, LP for $5.1 million, who renamed the area Snö Mountain Sno Mountain, LP is a Philadelphia-based investment group. The new owners filed a Chapter 11 petition for bankruptcy in 2012, claiming upwards of $24 million in debt. National Penn Bank purchased the property at auction for $4.6 million in March 2013. The original name, Montage Mountain, was restored in May 2013 when the area was sold to real estate company Jefferson-Werner for $5.1 million.
Skiing at Montage Mountain
Montage Mountain has 26 ski and snowboard trails, including White Lightning, the 2nd steepest in the East. It has a mid-mountain lodge with a patio and grill. Above the lodge are beginner and intermediate slopes. Below the lodge are advanced and expert slopes. This advanced area is locally known as North Face; it features the steepest skiing in Pennsylvania. Montage Mountain has two terrain parks with jumps, rails, and features ranging from beginner to expert.
Beginner trails (green) are Limited (the bunny slope), Runaround, Easy Street, Highball, and Mainline. Intermediate trails (blue) are Spike, Switch, Whistler, Upper Runaway, Upper Fast Track, Cannonball, and Lower Runaway. Advanced trails (black diamond) are Lower Fast Track, Rattler,Cannonball,Lower Runaway,and Rattler. Expert trails (double-black diamond) are Smoke,Boomer and White Lightening. White Lightning is the signature slope of Montage Mountain.
Montage Mountain rises from a base elevation of 960 feet (290 m) to a peak elevation of 1,960 feet (600 m). The mountain has a vertical drop of 1,000 feet (300 m), tied for third-highest in Pennsylvania.
- 5 fixed-grip chairlifts:
- Shuttle (triple)
- Short Haul (double)
- Iron Horse (triple)
- Long Haul (triple)
- Phoebe Snow (quad)
- One along the snow tubing tracks;
- One for beginning skiers.
The trail difficulty breakdown is:
- 35% beginner
- 30% intermediate
- 20% advanced
- 15% expert
There is also a snow tubing area.
Montage Mountain Waterpark is located on ski area grounds. It features six water attractions including a lazy river, wave pool, and water slides. Dry attractions include batting cages, beach volleyball, mini-golf, and the ZipRider (a 50 mph quad cable ride).
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- "Comparative Angle of Steep Ski Trails". Skiernet.