Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

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Shawnee Mountain
Base lodge and lower slopes
Base lodge and lower slopes
LocationMiddle Smithfield Township / Smithfield Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States
Nearest major cityEast Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Coordinates41°2′27″N 75°5′0″W / 41.04083°N 75.08333°W / 41.04083; -75.08333Coordinates: 41°2′27″N 75°5′0″W / 41.04083°N 75.08333°W / 41.04083; -75.08333
Vertical700 ft (210 m)
Top elevation1,351 ft (412 m)
Skiable area125 acres
Runs23 total
Longest run5,100 ft (1,600 m)
Lift system9 total. 1 high-speed detachable quad chair, 1 fixed-grip quad chair, 4 Doubles, 4 Surface Lifts
Terrain parks2 total

Shawnee Mountain is a family oriented ski resort in eastern Pennsylvania located right outside East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, I-80, exit 309, next to the Delaware River in the easternmost part of The Poconos.[1][2]

Shawnee Mountain has a summit elevation of 1,350 feet (410 m) and vertical elevation change of 700 ft (210 m) There are 125 acres (0.51 km2) of skiing terrain. The mountain has a total of 23 trails, the longest of which is 5,100 feet (1,554 m), and two terrain parks. The Delaware and Country Club terrain parks features jumps, boxes and rails. Shawnee has 23 slopes and trails, two terrain parks, and a snow-tubing park with a total area of 125 acres.[3][4]

Shawnee Mountain has nine lifts. Its main lift is a high speed-Detachable chairlift from Doppelmayr CTEC that was bought in 2010. This quad lift reaches the top in only three minutes and is called Tomahawk Express, operating at over 1,000 feet per minute (300 m/min). The Tomahawk installation took the alignment of the Arrowhead chairlift, a Partek lift which was relocated from its original 1996 alignment. This lift in turn had replaced the original Borvig Arrowhead and Tomahawk doubles. There is a double-double chairlift (two chairlifts together). Partek renovated this 80s-era Borvig installation in 2001. Normally, only one of the doubles is open. There is another Borvig double chairlift (only one) called the Bushkill Chairlift that takes people over the Bushkill and Benekill trails. This is a very narrow chairlift and the longest one. Then at the beginner's hill, there is another small Borvig double chairlift. Next to it is a magic carpet lift. Then at the learning center is another magic carpet. Also, there is a snowtubing magic carpet and 6 tubing lanes.[5]

The mountain also features 100% snow making, night skiing and snow tubing. The mountain summit receives an average of 50 inches (1,300 mm) of snow fall each winter. The ski area was opened in 1975 when Karl Hope purchased the Shawnee Inn and established the ski area. Olympic gold medalist Jean-Claude Killy was employed as director of ski operations which helped with initial publicity.[6]

In 2013 and 2014, Shawnee was able to open late November due to an early snow season.[7] Typically, skiing is open until some time in March.

The base building houses lounges, restaurants and bars, rental and repair shops, locker facilities and offices. There is an additional lodge at the summit which offers a bar and food. A ski school is on the premises and also a world renown children's program for kids as young as 3 and up to 15 years old.


  1. ^ "Shawnee Mountain". Ski Central. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  2. ^ Chuck Ayers. "Shawnee Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  3. ^ Joan Bahr (2012-01-06). "Shawnee Mountain Ski Area: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  4. ^ Marshall S. Berdan (2013-11-15). "10 ski destinations close to Long Island". News Day. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  5. ^ Landsman, Peter. "Shawnee Mountain, PA". Lift Blog. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  6. ^ Summa, Marie J.; Summa, Frank D.; Garris, Arthur (2005). Eastern Poconos: Delaware Water Gap to Bushkill. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-3848-8.
  7. ^ "Shawnee Mountain ski area opens Friday in Poconos". WFMZ. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-04-10.

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