Elk Mountain Ski Area

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Elk Mountain Ski Area
Logo of Elk Mountain Ski Area.jpg
LocationHerrick Township, Susquehanna County, near Union Dale, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nearest cityScranton, Pennsylvania
Coordinates41°43′16″N 75°33′32″W / 41.721°N 75.559°W / 41.721; -75.559
Vertical925 ft (282 m)
Top elevation2,667 ft (813 m)
Base elevation1,742 ft (531 m)
Skiable area180 acres (0.73 km2)[1]
Runs27
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg: 25%—easy
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg: 30%—difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg: 45%—more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg: 0%—extreme
Longest run1.75 miles (2.816 km)
Lift system1 rope tow
6 chairlifts
Lift capacity5,400/hr
Terrain parks2
Snowfall60 inches (1.5 m)
Snowmaking100%
Night skiing30%
Websitewww.elkskier.com

Elk Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area in the Endless Mountains on the summit of North Knob in Herrick Township, Susquehanna County, near Union Dale, Pennsylvania. It is located 30 miles north of Scranton, PA. The mountain has been given favorable reviews from Ski Magazine, including a listing in "Six Unsung Heroes", a roundup of hidden gems in skiing.[2]

History[edit]

Elk Mountain opened in 1959.[3] The ski area provided a small lodge, a 2,200 ft (670 m) T-Bar ski lift, tow rope lifts and a small number of trails. In 1961 a double chair lift was installed, allowing for additional trails. A year later, in 1962, snowmaking was added along with a new A-frame lodge at the base of the mountain. Night skiing came to Elk Mountain in 1966—expanding to more trails in 1972. Elk Mountain built a 4,000-foot-long (1,200 m) long quad chairlift in 1994.

Skiing at Elk Mountain[edit]

The Endless Mountains, as seen from the top of Elk Mountain

North Chair at Elk Mountain accesses a top elevation of 2,667 ft (813 m)—the highest lift-serviced skiing in eastern Pennsylvania.[2] Elk has a 925 ft (282 m) vertical drop, 27 trails[4] (six greens, 10 blues and 11 diamonds) and two terrain parks.[5] Five double chair lifts and a fixed-grip quad chair lift provide access to the top of the mountain. Four of the lifts, including the quad, run from the base to just below the summit of the mountain. Most ski runs are groomed, but a few are allowed to bump up, or become moguled, to allow for additional challenge. The mountain receives, on average, 5 feet of natural snow per season. Snowmaking covers 100% of the 180 acres (73 ha) of skiable terrain. The base complex features a day lodge, guest services, ski school center, restaurant, rentals, and a ski-and-snowboard shop.

Climate[edit]

According to the Trewartha climate classification system, Elk Mountain Ski Area has a Temperate Continental (Dc) Climate with warm summers (b), cold winters (o) and year-around precipitation. Dcbo climates are characterized by at least one month having an average mean temperature ≤ 32.0 °F (0 °C), four to seven months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (10 °C), all months with an average mean temperature < 72.0 °F (22 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months at Elk Mountain Ski Area, episodes of high heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 88 °F (31 °C) at the summit and ≥ 90 °F (32 °C) at the base. The annual peak in thunderstorm activity is July. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < −26 °F (−32 °C) at the summit and < −24 °F (−31 °C) at the base. The plant hardiness zone is 5b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of −13.5 °F (−25 °C) at the summit and −11.7 °F (−24 °C) at the base.[6] The average seasonal (Oct-Apr) snowfall total is 83.3 inches (211.6 cm) at the summit and 64.8 inches (164.6 cm) at the base. Ice storms and large snowstorms depositing ≥ 12 inches (30 cm) of snow are somewhat frequent, particularly during nor’easters from December through March.


Climate data for Elk Mountain Summit (Elevation: 2667 ft (813 m))
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 27.9
(−2.3)
31.0
(−0.6)
39.1
(3.9)
51.7
(10.9)
62.7
(17.1)
71.0
(21.7)
75.3
(24.1)
74.0
(23.3)
66.8
(19.3)
55.8
(13.2)
43.8
(6.6)
32.1
(0.1)
52.7
(11.5)
Daily mean °F (°C) 19.2
(−7.1)
21.6
(−5.8)
29.2
(−1.6)
41.0
(5.0)
51.7
(10.9)
60.6
(15.9)
64.7
(18.2)
63.5
(17.5)
56.1
(13.4)
45.1
(7.3)
35.3
(1.8)
24.5
(−4.2)
42.8
(6.0)
Average low °F (°C) 10.5
(−11.9)
12.1
(−11.1)
19.2
(−7.1)
30.3
(−0.9)
40.7
(4.8)
50.2
(10.1)
54.2
(12.3)
53.0
(11.7)
45.3
(7.4)
34.5
(1.4)
26.8
(−2.9)
16.8
(−8.4)
32.9
(0.5)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.38
(86)
2.69
(68)
3.34
(85)
3.88
(99)
4.67
(119)
4.98
(126)
4.64
(118)
4.00
(102)
4.70
(119)
4.69
(119)
4.05
(103)
3.65
(93)
48.67
(1,236)
Average relative humidity (%) 76.1 71.2 67.3 62.3 66.5 74.6 74.2 77.1 77.9 74.9 74.8 77.9 72.9
Average dew point °F (°C) 12.9
(−10.6)
13.7
(−10.2)
19.7
(−6.8)
29.1
(−1.6)
40.9
(4.9)
52.5
(11.4)
56.3
(13.5)
56.2
(13.4)
49.3
(9.6)
37.6
(3.1)
28.1
(−2.2)
18.6
(−7.4)
37.6
(3.1)
Source: PRISM[7]


Climate data for Elk Mountain Base (Elevation: 1742 ft (531 m))
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 28.8
(−1.8)
32.1
(0.1)
40.3
(4.6)
53.3
(11.8)
64.5
(18.1)
72.8
(22.7)
77.0
(25.0)
75.7
(24.3)
68.3
(20.2)
57.1
(13.9)
44.9
(7.2)
33.2
(0.7)
54.1
(12.3)
Daily mean °F (°C) 20.2
(−6.6)
22.7
(−5.2)
30.4
(−0.9)
42.6
(5.9)
53.3
(11.8)
62.3
(16.8)
66.4
(19.1)
65.1
(18.4)
57.5
(14.2)
46.4
(8.0)
36.4
(2.4)
25.5
(−3.6)
44.2
(6.8)
Average low °F (°C) 11.6
(−11.3)
13.3
(−10.4)
20.5
(−6.4)
31.8
(−0.1)
42.2
(5.7)
51.8
(11.0)
55.7
(13.2)
54.5
(12.5)
46.6
(8.1)
35.7
(2.1)
27.9
(−2.3)
17.9
(−7.8)
34.2
(1.2)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.30
(84)
2.66
(68)
3.32
(84)
3.87
(98)
4.61
(117)
4.97
(126)
4.65
(118)
3.96
(101)
4.63
(118)
4.59
(117)
3.99
(101)
3.57
(91)
48.12
(1,222)
Average relative humidity (%) 76.2 71.6 67.7 62.5 66.2 74.0 73.8 77.0 78.0 74.7 74.9 78.3 72.9
Average dew point °F (°C) 13.9
(−10.1)
14.9
(−9.5)
21.0
(−6.1)
30.7
(−0.7)
42.3
(5.7)
53.9
(12.2)
57.8
(14.3)
57.7
(14.3)
50.7
(10.4)
38.8
(3.8)
29.2
(−1.6)
19.7
(−6.8)
37.6
(3.1)
Source: PRISM[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elk Mountain opens for season". Susquehanna Independent Weekender. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b Potters, Everett (September 2002). "Six Unsung Heroes". Ski Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "History" (PDF). Elk Mountain Ski Area. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Trail Map: Elk Mountain Ski Area". Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  5. ^ "DCSki Resort Profile: Elk Mountain". Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  6. ^ "USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Map". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University". Retrieved August 14, 2019.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°43′16″N 75°33′32″W / 41.721°N 75.559°W / 41.721; -75.559