Elk Mountain Ski Resort Inc.

About

Elk Mountain history dates back to 1959, when Elk became one of  Pennsylvania's first commercial ski areas. During its opening year, Elk featured a small base lodge (now the picnic  lodge), a 2,200 foot T-bar and several slopes, as well as some rope  tows and a small warming hut built a few years earlier by the Scranton  Ski Club. The mountain's first Hall Double chairlift was installed in 1961,  heralding the development of five expert trails and various intermediate  trails from the top. Elk's first expert trail, completed before the  chairlift itself, was host to the 1960 Pennsylvania State Championships.  Enthusiastic competitors and gatekeepers actually walked to the summit  from the top of the T-bar to run the race. A year later in 1962, snowmaking was installed and a new A-frame base  lodge was built.

Details

Skiing at Elk got a lift - quite literally - with the installation of a  beginners J-bar in 1964 and a double chairlift from the lower parking  lot to the top of the mountain in 1965. The original T-bar was replaced  with a chairlift in 1969, and the J-bar was retired for a double  chairlift in 1973. Skiers saw Elk in a whole new light when, in 1966,  lighting was installed on the East and West slopes for night skiing.  Lighting was installed along three summit trails in 1972. The 1980s saw a flurry of activity, beginning with the construction of  the ski shop/ski school building in 1981. The base lodge was remodeled  and expanded in 1982 to include a two-level restaurant and increased  cafeteria seating. That same year the Lehigh and Delaware Trails were  rerouted, and the Tuscarora Trail was completed. Elk's expanded operations led to the construction of a new maintenance  facility and the expansion of snowmaking capabilities, both of which  were completed in 1984. A wastewater treatment plant was built in 1988. During the 1986/87 ski season, Elk's ambitious tree planting program  gained momentum. More than 13,000 trees - most of them Norway Spruce -  were planted since the mid '80s. A rapidly growing base of skiers gave rise to the construction of seven  new trails and the lengthening of two other trails between 1990 and  1996. The new Mohawk, Iroquois, Wissahickon, Hiawatha, Snow Bowl,  Chippewa and Tecumseh Trails give skiers more choices than ever before.  With these new trails came enhanced snowmaking capabilities, complete  with a new snowmaking pump house (1992) and the addition of over 50,000  feet of snowmaking pipe. As Quad chairlifts gained popularity, Elk responded with a 4,000-foot  Quad lift of its own. The Quad chairlift's 1994 completion added yet  another new dimension to the mountain. Since 1994 the snowmaking system has been fine tuned even more. A fleet  of new snow guns was added in 1998, and the Chippewa, Wyalusing and  Tioga Trails were lengthened and rerouted. Elk Mountain now boasts of 27  slopes and trails with great variety and the most challenging terrain  in Pennsylvania. In January 1999, Elk lost its compressor building in an early morning  blaze that leveled the structure. In less than 72 hours, however, the  resort recovered and was once again making snow. During the summer of  1999 a new compressor building and snowmaking headquarters arose. Both  scheduled to be online for the 1999/2000 ski season. In the past decade  alone, improvements at the forty year-old resort will exceed the 10  million dollar mark. Elk remains the proven leader for quality skiing in Pennsylvania.

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