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Big Boulder

Big Boulder Ski Resort Guide

Big Boulder, United States

Rated: 2/5 (from 3 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Highest Lift2,165ft
Resort Height1,706ft
 Nearest AirportsScranton and Lehigh Valley
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Big Boulder

Pennsylvania's first Commercial Ski area opened more than 60 years ago by Big Boulder Lake. Lift tickets are also valid at neighbouring Jack Frost ski area and the two areas are now under joint management and operated as one entity Jack Frost Big Boulder. One of the world's best snow tubing hills with over a dozen runs served by five lifts. The idea for snowmaking came from an article reported on December 22, 1950 describing the story of the Tropeano brothers from Lexington, Massachusetts who made snow using an experimental portable irrigation system. Another report dated December 14, 1950 states that a Mr. Wayne Pierce of Milford Connecticut filed the first patent application for the making of snow by blowing water through a nozzle. These two events lead to further investigation of snowmaking at both Mohawk Mountain in Connecticut and Big Boulder Mountain in Pennsylvania.


The American ski resort of Big Boulder is at an altitude of 1,706ft.

Big Boulder has direct access to 15 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.


There is skiing to suit a range of abilities.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Big Boulder?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Big Boulder.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Big Boulder

Ski Area Stats

Big Boulder Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
2 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Big Boulder Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,165ft
Lowest Trail1,706ft
Resort Altitude (Big Boulder)1,706ft
Max Vertical459ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Big Boulder
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers


Generation X Snowboard Series

Location and Map

Where is Big Boulder?

This ski resort is in Kidder, Carbon, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Big Boulder is Scranton, 45 minutes drive away.

Lehigh Valley, Williamsport, Newark Liberty, Binghamton, Stewart, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, La Guardia NY and JFK New York airports are all within three hours drive.

Lehigh Valley and Scranton are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts are able to uplift 9,600 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Big Boulder open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Big Boulder, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Big Boulder Tourist Office for the latest.

Big Boulder