Pocono Mountains 2023/34 Winter Tip Sheet
Two mountains, one epic trip! Located in the Pocono Mountains, Jack Frost and Big Boulder offer unique complementary experiences for guests. Guests can ski and ride at Jack Frost during the day and then ski into the night at Big Boulder, making it possible to get “first tracks” twice on the same day! Located about two hours from Philadelphia and New York City, JFBB is great for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Located in White Haven, the adventure at Jack Frost begins at the top of the mountain. The lodge is located at the peak of the resort, so when you arrive you get to ski to the bottom of the mountain and take the lift back to the top for your next run. The progressive trails allow skiers to start on one side of the mountain and move across, as their skills improve!
Less than 12 miles away from Jack Frost, guests can ski under the stars at Big Boulder. Located in Lake Harmony, you can take in the views of Big Boulder Lake as you carve down the mountain. A dedicated learning hill and several long beginner slopes are the perfect setting to learn how to ski or snowboard. New this year is an updated bubly Tubing Park at Big Boulder! Bring your family out for a day of snow tubing fun - just sit back and enjoy the conveyor carpet or tow-rope lift and then the wild ride downhill.
Unlock Winter Adventure with the Epic Pass
In the Mid-Atlantic and beyond, guests can unlock the ultimate winter adventure with our Epic Pass. Our Epic Pass products continue to reshape the ski industry by making skiing more accessible and by allowing guests to build a pass that fits their needs. Looking for an East Coast adventure? Visit 21 resorts with the Northeast Value Pass. Looking to ski for just a few days or up to a week? The Epic Day Pass is a great fit for occasional skiers, allowing them to choose 1-7 days from three tiers of resort access. No matter which Epic Pass you pick you can skip the ticket window and head straight to the lifts! With the new My Epic App, your pass is right on your phone and can be scanned through your pocket using Bluetooth low-energy technology.
NEW - Beginner Take-Over Days
Every Saturday, the Glass House at Big Boulder will transform into a fun classroom where beginners can learn everything they need to know about skiing and snowboarding. Each week a member of the JFBB team will discuss a new topic: from Moutain Safety, slope etiquette, to What to Wear. Sip some hot cocoa and get insider info, with the best view of the mountain in the background.
Epic for Everyone – Youth Access and Growing the Sport
The future of winter sports is inclusion. Through investments and partnerships, Vail Resorts is committed to ensuring that all feel welcome, invited, and included. Our Epic for Everyone youth access programs serve more than 11,000 youth annually who may not have had access to the sport. Our programs provide free on-snow sessions including lessons, meals, rentals, mentorship, an introduction to careers in snowsports, and more. This winter, several of our Mid-Atlantic region resorts will be hosting non-profit organizations for a series of visits. More details to come!
Your Pass, Now On Your Phone with the new My Epic app
New this season, the My Epic app with Mobile Pass and Mobile Lift Tickets is now available to download, allowing guests to use their phone as their ticket to the slopes.
Mobile Pass and Mobile Lift Tickets is a hands-free option for skiers and riders to use at all 36 of Vail Resorts’ owned and operated U.S. resorts for the 2023/24 season, with availability at Whistler Blackcomb to follow in future seasons. It allows guests to buy their pass or lift ticket online, activate it in the new My Epic app, put their phone in their pocket, and get scanned, hands free in the lift line using Bluetooth® technology designed for low energy usage to minimize the impact on a phone’s battery life. This season, to ensure a smooth transition, the company will continue to provide physical cards for passes and lift tickets to all guests. For guests choosing to use Mobile Pass this season, watch this video for some tips.
The My Epic app also offers a range of guest-favorite features, including interactive trail maps with GPS location tracking, and mountain and resort alerts, including operational information like grooming updates, terrain status, snow reports and conditions.
Skiers and snowboarders at Jack Frost and Big Boulder (JFBB) resorts in the Pocono Mountains will continue to enjoy improved terrain accessibility, reduced wait times, and more reliable lift service thanks to last year’s Epic Lift Upgrades at JFBB and throughout the Vail Resorts network. The replacement and consolidation of five lifts between Jack Frost and Big Boulder with fixed-grip four-person chairs greatly increased uphill capacity and access to multiple slopes throughout the mountains. At Jack Frost, the Pocono, the Tobyhanna, and the Paradise replaced the B & C lifts, the E & F lifts, and the East 1 and 2 doubles. At Big Boulder, the Blue Heron and the Harmony replaced the Merry Widow 1 and 2 doubles and the Edelweiss Triple.
Additional improvements include a new snowmaking waterline to service Jack Frost’s East Mountain and new rental equipment and new trail signage at both resorts. New this year is an updated bubly Tubing Park at Big Boulder! Bring your family out for a day of snow tubing fun - just sit back and enjoy the conveyor carpet or tow-rope lift and then the wild ride downhill.
Après Ski Scene and Dining Experiences
*New* Taqueria- New this season guests will find unique, fresh Mexican & South American flavors, with a little bit of heat at the new Taqueria locations at both Jack Frost and Big Boulder.
Upcoming Special Events
- Winterfest at Big Boulder | January
- Topsy Turvy Day at Jack Frost | February
- Beach Party Pond Skim at Big Boulder | March
Mountain Stats- Jack Frost
Top Elevation – 2,000 feet
Vertical – 600 feet
Trails - 20
Lifts - 9
Mountain Stats- Big Boulder
Top Elevation – 2,175 feet
Vertical – 475 feet
Trails - 18
Lifts - 7
Anna Weltz, Sr. Communications Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Kendra Nichols, Communications Manager, Mid-Atlantic