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Visit the Poconos this Valentine's Day

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Amber Butch

The Poconos in northern Pennsylvania is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day. The Poconos, simply put, is beautiful. And after a heavy snowfall, it looks like something right out of a Christmas card. It's easy to see why this is the go-to area for so many people in the region. Even if you live in the south and you’re thinking about booking a ski trip, don’t overlook the option of visiting the Poconos.

If you're looking for a place for snowboarding or skiing, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area offers a wide range of options for all skill levels.

They have a beginner’s area, Little Chief, which is actually a pretty decent area to learn on, whereas some ski areas designate only a tiny, almost flat area for those learning. Shawnee gives beginners a pretty decent hill for practicing. In addition to a magic carpet lift, Little Chief also has a standard chair lift. Shawnee has four other lifts that service the green, blue, and black runs– two doubles, and two quads. The double-double ride was quite long, but a long chair lift ride means a long run.

After 3pm, you'll notice that the slopes became much more crowded, because this is when their discounted nighttime session begins. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. For someone who is still somewhat a beginner, it might not be good because you'll have to work at avoiding all the other people. But, if you’re an experienced skier/snowboarder, can handle the colder weather and a crowded mountain doesn’t phase you, a nighttime ticket is definitely a great value.

They also have snow tubing, a lodge with a cafeteria, and a fully-stocked shop.