Let It Snow — Winter Activities
The cool temperatures and onset of snow means that winter activities abound! New Jersey offers a variety of outdoor activities to keep you busy this holiday season.
Winter means it’s time to pull out your skis and snowboards and hit the slopes. New Jersey is home to the popular Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon, located only 47 miles from New York City. With over 167 acres of skiable terrain, Mountain Creek spans four peaks with vertical heights reaching 1,040 feet. Known for its massive terrain park, the venue offers something for everyone, including first rate dining, nightlife, spas, tubing, ski lessons for the kids and an alpine coaster.
Campgaw Mountain, located Mahwah, is New Jersey’s other great option for alpine skiing and offers tubing and a variety of skiing and snowboarding trails for all levels. If cross-country skiing is more your style, check out the High Point Cross Country Ski Center in Sussex, which features acres of trails that scenically weave through alpine lakes, beautiful vistas and snow covered trees.
Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the great outdoors when the trail is covered in snow. With very little equipment needed, the snowshoes can be easily rented at any major outdoor store and outfitter. Some of the best snowshoeing trails throughout the state are located up north, and include the Lamont Reserve and Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary in Alpine, Ramapo Mountain State Forest in Oakland, and Allamuch Mountain State Park in Byram.
Sledding is a classic family favorite winter sport and can be enjoyed all over the state. Pick up a plastic disk or a classic sled and head to any of New Jersey’s park and recreation areas. In Monmouth County, Holmdel Park is a favorite because of its open slope and grassy underneath with a nearby warming area for those extra cold days. Hopatcong State Park (Landing) and Floods Hill (South Orange) are other popular sledding spots the whole family can enjoy.
For indoor winter activities, plan a day at the ice rink. Check out Clary Anderson Arena in Montclair or the Fritz Dietl Ice Rink in Westwood. For the full outdoor experience, plan a trip to Newport Skates, an outdoor rink that sits on the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, or Swartswood State Park which also offers ice skating on the lake once it freezes over.
There are many fun activities to experience this winter in New Jersey, so don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors!