344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale, Pa.; 570-679-4400, elkskier.com Distance from Baltimore: 230 miles Vertical drop: 1,000 feet Number of trails: 27 Lifts: Seven Activities: Elk Mountain is purely for the ski and snowboard lover in you. With a slope breakdown of 25 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate and 40 percent expert trails, there's something for everyone. What's new for 2013: Elk Mountain has continued its tree planting program by adding 900 new trees which not only enhances the scenic view, but also breaks up the wind on the trails. Dining/drinking options: The Winter Garden Restaurants have a great variety of food from which to choose, from chili to salmon, as well as a variety of wintery drinks like butterscotch hot chocolate and hot buttered rum. Plus, they have some really decadently delicious desserts. If you're off the slopes, there's Bingham's Restaurant, which has a variety of homemade soups and pies along with its great breakfast selection. Rates: Weekdays $25-$56; weekends and holidays $25- $68 Classes: The usual skiing and snowboarding offerings. Lodging options: Fern Hall Inn is eight miles from Elk Mountain. Use its Ski & Stay Weekend and Holiday Package, and you get two nights along with two full-day lift vouchers per person for the slopes. This offer also includes breakfast, $20 credit (per room) toward the restaurant, and a few other goodies. The Camelot Restaurant and Inn is 15 minutes from the resort and offers both casual and fine dining along with a full bar. It also offers ski packages with Elk. Special events: Winter Fest (Jan. 10) is customer appreciation time at the shops, which sell vouchers for discounted tickets. Best deal of the season: Wild Wednesday. Beginning Jan. 8, get a lift ticket for $20 when you present a valid college ID.
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