Crystal Lake Ski Center
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
1716 Crystal Lake Road, Hughesville, PA 17737
The Crystal Lake Ski and Outdoor Center is a three-season outdoor facility that welcomes guests of 8 or more to stay for two nights in cabins or individuals can visit for the day. Activities include various Low Ropes elements, a High Ropes Course with a Zip Line, a Rock Wall, hiking, fishing, and canoeing. The Crystal Lake Ski and Outdoor Center can also serve as a venue for events and retreats.
During the spring and fall, they host a few events including two service weekends to help transition the property and this upcoming year, they will hold the 2nd annual trail race with a choice of a 5k or 15 miler.
In the winter, the Crystal Lake Ski Center is in a snowbowl location that often has snow when the rest of the region is bare and the trail system is second to none. There's varied terrain to please beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers. This is a full service area with rentals, ski instruction, ski patrol, a spacious cafeteria with hot lunches sold in the ski shop area, and a cozy fireplace lounge. Crystal Lake is a friendly place with lots of "regulars" who are always happy to share tips on their favorite trails.
There are 40 km of machine groomed and track set trails for all skill levels. Trail fees on weekends or holidays are $18 for an adult, $12 for child under 13 or senior over 60 and free for those aged 75 or older. Half day rates start at 1 PM and are $15 for adults and $12 for child or senior. There are lower two-day rates and non-holiday weekday rates.
Rental price includes skis, boots and poles. And there is XC equipment for all ages and a sled/pulk. Adult equipment rents for $15 a day and $10 for a half day (after 1 PM) while children under 13 are $10 and $7 respectively. For a trail map click Trail Map.
Crystal Lake Ski Center is the ideal place for children and adults to learn to ski or to improve skills. Experienced Nordic instruction is available to guide you from beginning through skating and racing techniques. Telemark instruction is also available. Reservations required on weekdays. A private one-hour lesson is $40 and semi private for two people is $25 each. Group lessons with a minimum of 5 people is $12 per person per hour.
Lodging is available in winterized camp cottages with kitchenettes on site (call 570/584-5608) or at the adjoining Bellevue Cottage. It has three bedrooms, each of which can be rented separately or you can rent the whole house with four bedrooms, four bathrooms - and it's wonderful view. For Bellevue Cottage call 570-419-1736. For other lodging in the area click http://www.crystallakeskicenter.com/ski-lodging/
In Lycoming and Sullivan counties of north central Pennsylvania near Williamsport. Reached by Interstate 80 and 180. Five hours or less driving time from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.
Directions: Get on route US 220 at Hughesville and go north to village of Tivoli. Turn left (north) onto Highland Lake Rd, drive 7.4 miles to Crystal Lake Camps. DO NOT FOLLOW ANY GPS OR INTERNET DIRECTIONS. ANY OTHER ROUTE FROM US 220 DOES NOT HAVE WINTER MAINTENANCE AND IS NOT PASSABLE. If you must use your GPS, use it to go to Tivoli, PA,on US 220, then follow our directions at our sign at the Highland Lake Road. CCSAA member.