2 hours away
Opening in December
Even the Shaun Whites and Lindsey Vonns of the world had to start somewhere, and this easily reachable Poconos spot is a great place to test your chops on 34 snowmaker-covered trails. First-timers should check out the Learn to Ski package ($100-$129 for a 90-minute lesson, lift ticket and rentals) to get comfortable on the 13 nice-and-easy green runs. And while the eight "advanced" (but often short and crowded) slopes are no match for hard-core skiers, boarders should fare better with the 20-acre revamped terrain park, which features a 50-square-foot air bag so you can try out Winter X tricks with a soft landing. Either way, no one can complain about the resort's extended hours: Every single trail is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, when the tubing park (Mon–Fri $33; Sat, Sun $42) also stays open until 9pm.
Mon–Thu 9am–9pm, Fri 9am–10pm, Sat 8:30am–10pm, Sun 8:30am–9pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $60-$78, weekends and holidays $78. Equipment rental: day $39, night $29. 90-minute group lesson $35.
OvRride (347-559-1787, ovrride.com; $50–$165) offers day trips to Camelback that include a round-trip bus ride from several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the option to add lift ticket, lessons and/or equipment rental.
Where to stay:
Save: Eleven of the rooms at the Days Inn Tannersville (Hill Lodge Rd, Tannersville, PA; 570-629-1667, daysinntannersville.com; $60 per night and up) boast perfect-for-aprs-ski Jacuzzis; all 72 include a Continental breakfast and are just three miles from the mountain.
Splurge: Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Chateau Resort (300 Camelback Rd, Tannersville, PA; 800-245-5900, chateauresort.com; $139 per night and up) offers 152 modern rooms—including 39 loft-style, bi-level suites–and views of the Poconos. Thaw out and ease slope-weary muscles in the poolside Jacuzzi or the sauna before dining by the fire.