When people from the area talk about going skiing, most assume this involves an hour and a half ride to the Poconos or farther. However, there are a number of options right here in Montgomery County for those looking to get out without much hassle. Within about 25 minutes, most MontCo residents can be on downhill slopes or backwood trails. This is perfect for anyone with limited free time or budgets that are interested in skiing on a more regular basis.
Cross Country Skiing
The county offers exceptional cross country skiing in its state parks and along the Perkiomen Trail. For those who enjoy the outdoors and cardio exercise, cross county skiing is a great fit. Besides the fresh air, it’s convenient and free! Below are some of the area’s best cross country ski areas. If you are new to the sport, we encourage attending a clinic where you can learn about safety, technique, and equipment.
Cross Country Ski Clinics (Free)
The below clinics are free through Montgomery County Parks, please visit their website for further details.
Cross Country Skiing Trails
Valley Forge Park – Valley Forge park consists of close to 3,500 acres of wooded areas and fields. Try something different by touring the park and seeing the historic structures on skis.
Perkiomen Trail – Looking for a long distance “cross county” ski? The 19 mile Perkiomen Trail may be your best option in Montgomery County. With diverse scenery, this trail runs along the Schuylkill River in certain areas in addition to fields, woods, and even small towns. Please visit the county website for trail access points.
Fort Washington State Park – Skiers of all skill levels can take advantage of the 1.7-mile loop trail in the Militia Hill Day Use Area.
Evansburg State Park – Centrally located within the county, Evansburg State Park is ideal for cross country skiing. A variety of natural features makes this 3,350 acre park quite scenic and worth the quick trip. With the Skippack Creek cutting through the landscape, meadows and woodlands also contribute to the nice setting. The park is also known for having many types of natural wildlife to observe.
Yes, it is possible to downhill ski right here in Montgomery County! Located near Harlyesville in the northern/central part of the county, Spring Mountain is a short car ride away. As it’s open daily until 9PM, one could leave work around 4:30PM and still get in a good half day of skiing. Below is the trail map and mountain stats provided by Spring Mountain.
Top Elevation: 528′ (one of the highest points in Montgomery County)
Vertical Drop: 420′
6 Lifts: 3 double chairs, 1 triple chair, 1 tubing, Magic Carpet©
8 Trails and 2 tubing runs are served by 3 double chairlifts and 1 triple chairlift, as well as 1 tubing lift.
The longest lift is: 2,200 feet and unloads at an elevation of 528 feet.
Total lift capacity: is 9,500 skiers per hour.
Snowboards: Yes/Terrain Park
Tubing: Yes – Must be at least 42″ tall