Family’s Guide to Snowboarding at Shawnee Mountain in Pennsylvania

Are you looking for a place to take your family snowboarding in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania? You may want to consider Shawnee Mountain, located on Hollow Road in Shawnee on Delaware, just 90 minutes from New York City. My family and I have been there numerous times. Its two terrain parks, 23 trails and snow tubing park kept my family busy for hours at a reasonable price.

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About the trails

One of the things I like best about Shawnee's two terrain parks is that there is a division by skill level. New snowboarders can safely hone their jibbing skills in the Incubator Park, while the seasoned riders can rip it up in the Bushkill Terrain Park. Each has rails, but the Bushkill Terrain Park also has an array of boxes, a double stair set, a 32-inch bridge, four step-down jumps, a hip with log coping, and a Teepee Wall Ride that the kids adored once they got skilled enough to handle it.

It also has rollers, spines and a killer sound system so you can rock out while you get your freestyle on. If your family is more into conquering fresh powder there are several trails that will do the trick, 25 percent of which are deemed for experts. The majority of the other trails are for those with intermediate skills. If you want to experience the mountain's entire 700 feet of elevation, I recommend a combination of the Upper and Lower Arrowhead or the Renegade, Lenape and Tecumseh Trails. Both provide a high intensity ride and require ample skill. Beginners should stick to the Greenhouse Slope.

About the price

When it comes to snowboarding in the Poconos, Shawnee Mountain is one of the best values I know for families with small children. A family of four may spend an entire day there midweek for $90. Lift ticket prices range from $32 to $55, and kids who are 46 inches tall or shorter are free when accompanied by a paying adult. The park opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 8 a.m. on the weekends and holidays.

My family enjoys winter sports and has been to Shawnee Mountain many times.

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Updated Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011