The Ultimate Guide To NJ Winter Sports
What's the best way to zap the winter doldrums? Be active! Check out this bracing roundup of winter sports—like skiing, birding and sport fishing—that you can find right here in New Jersey. Download and print this seasonal infographic of family-friendly activities that will get you off the couch and into the Great Outdoors.
Follow a groomed XC trail
Hit the trail at New Jersey's tiptop spot. At High Point Cross Country Ski Center in Sussex, you'll see lakes, wildlife tracks and expansive vistas as you skim along the easy Cedar Swamp Trail or sidestep the more challenging Steeny Kill Trail. Be sure to review the trail report before heading out.
Fly down an 800-foot snow tubing run
Snow tubing is sledding on an adrenaline rush. Plus, no trudging back up the hill! Find this thrilling family activity at Campgaw Mountain Ski Area in Mahwah. (Please note that children must be over 42" tall to participate.)
Step kick a steep incline
Wonder why snowshoeing has skyrocketed in popularity? It's the least expensive of all winter sports, easy to learn, fun for all ages and a terrific family activity. (It also doesn't hurt that this low-impact sport burns 420 to 1,000 calories per hour, so you can enjoy your hot chocolate with an extra marshmallow.) You can snowshoe at state parks like Jenny Jump State Forest in Hope.
Enjoy your trout on ice
Love fishing, but hate mosquitos? Ice fishing may be the solution! Sport fishing is a year-round sport in New Jersey, and anglers will find plenty of winter action at Wawayanda State Park in Hewitt, where the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks the waters with cold-water fish like trout and salmon.
Be a "dare devil" on blades
Need a plan that isn't weather-dependent? Take the family ice skating at one of NJ's indoor rinks. You'll get inspiration for some fancy footwork at the Codey Arena in West Orange, the training facility for the NJ Dare Devils. The Codey Arena also hosts "learn to skate" sessions for novices.
Shred a 67-acre terrain park
In addition to offering downhill skiing and snow tubing, the year-round resort Mountain Creek in Vernon delivers the only true all-mountain terrain park experience south of Vermont. That's good news for snowboarders!
Seek the wild harlequin duck
Cape May, New Jersey, is nicknamed the "center of the bird watching universe" for a reason. Grab your binoculars and see why with a visit to the Cape May Bird Observatory. Winter birding is a thrill—especially when you spy the striking plumage of the harlequin duck.
Hike a winter "green" trail
Sometimes you just want to see something green in the winter. A great place to get your greens is in New Jersey's famed Pinelands. Find an evergreen-lined trail to hike at Wharton State Forest in Hammonton. Now take in a deep breath of pine-scented air. Aaah!
Ski down 46 trails
Let's just add up the reasons why you'll want to visit Mountain Creek in Vernon this winter: 167 acres of trails, four mountain peaks, 1,040-foot vertical, 100% snowmaking coverage, eight lifts and 46 trails, ranging from the gentle Cab Ride to the black-diamond Wacky Way.