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Ski Places in the Delaware Valley

Forbidden Drive, Wissahickon Valley - Be sure to check this DAY TRIP
Valley Forge Park
Tyler Arboretum
Peace Valley Park
Rose Tree Park
Fort Washington State Park
Other Parks to ski in the Delaware Valley – when there’s snow

Ski Places in the Poconos

Tobyhanna State Park - Be sure to check this DAY TRIP
Promised Land State Park
Lackawanna State Forest – Thornhurst snowmobile trail with current trail conditions - Be sure to check this DAY TRIP
Brady’s Lake - Be sure to check this DAY TRIP

Current snow conditons in the Poconos and PA State Parks and Forests

Current snow conditions in PA State Parks (Poconos)
Mount Pocono traffic cam - Real time snow conditions
Pocono weather and webcams

Other PA ski Locations

Crystal Lake Ski Area
PACCSA – Laurel Ridge

Other nearby locales

Osceola Tug Hill Ski Center
Winona Forest skiing
Lake Placid, NY
Jackson, New Hampshire
Stowe, Vermont
Canadian Ski Marathon
Ottawa and Gatineau Park/Loppet

Cross country focused local ski clubs

Wilmington Trail Club
The New Hope Nordics Ski Club
The Outdoor Club of South Jersey
Kick "N Gliders in Harrisburg (check out the skiing etiquette page)

Snow coverage and satellite images

NOAA Satellite
NOAA Interactive (zoom) snow map
PA snow maps from Crosscountryskipa Website
New York webcams

SHOPPING LINKS - Basic equipment, packages and clothes

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
LL Bean
Philly area XC ski rentals(? - Usually just seasonal)

SHOPPING LINKS - Bargain performance equipment and clothes

Gear West
Eagle River Nordic
Akers Cross Country Ski Equipment
Reliable Racing Supply

Xc Ski Publications and Websites

The World of Cross Country Skiing
Cross Country Skier Magazine
Cross Country Ski PA
Faster Skier

YouTube Links


Is a ski marathon in your future?

If you have progressed in your training and technique and are interested in setting some goals, participation in a nearby ski marathon is a rewarding experience. The above link provides more information about these opportunities. These events range from family centric events for skiers of all abilities (one just 4 1/2 hours from here) to major events with hundreds or even thousands of skiers not much further. Avid runners and cyclists can easily adapt to the fitness levels required for these events with just a bit of cross-training when local snow conditions permit.
So you need to buy something.

While it's easy to get by with just basic skis, bindings, boots and poles, if you really get in this sport, you will be shopping. The link above provides some perspectives on what's worth buying. Like any sport, there's a wide range of what's available, what's really needed versus what provides incremetal adavantage at a very high price, and how to plan these purchases. Avid skiers will benefit from 2-3 pairs of skis for different conditions or skiing techiques, and sporty clothes will make skiing more comfortable.