Skiing in New Jersey

Ski season has begun and now it's time to break out the ski gear, wax off those boards, make your plans and get your lift ticket.

Now through April, depending on the weather, you can enjoy some of New Jersey's resorts and winter activities. Mountain Creek is located less than 50 miles from George Washington Bridge in Vernon. It features 167 acres of skiable trails on four peaks and boasts the region's highest vertical of 1,040 feet. It is also home to the area's only true All-Mountain Terrain Park at South and Bear Peaks. The resort offers night skiing on all runs, so you can keep going well into the evening.

While you are visiting, plan to relax at Crystal Springs Resort which has plenty of amenities to offer. Soak those sore muscles in one of their indoor/outdoor tropical pools or be pampered by one of their spa treatments. Dine at one of the award winning restaurants. Also adventure off to go wine tasting at nearby winery, Cava Winery Vineyard. This four-star lodging will satisfy those winter blues.

Campgaw Mountain Ski Resort in Mahwah is a convenient location for New Jersey residents and New Yorkers. It is the only resort with a view of the Manhattan skyline. It offers a variety of terrain for all abilities, and is known as a premier learn-to-ski destination. This is the perfect place to take children just starting out. But seasoned skiers will also enjoy the runs and the freestyle terrain park. Campgaw is also a top spot for tubing with daily sessions.

High Point Cross Country Ski Center is guaranteed to be the snowiest spot located at the northern tip of New Jersey. Here you can cross-country ski or snowshoe through an amazing landscape on one of the many trails through High Point State Park. There are trails to fit everyone's level, from beginner to expert. Ski rentals and low ticket prices make this trip reasonable and convenient, you're sure to come back again and again.

There are several state parks where you can test out your cross-country skiing skills: Palisades Interstate Park in Bergen County, Wawayanda State Park in Passaic County, South Mountain Reservation in Essex County and Lewis Morris County Park in Morris County.

Once you have hit the slopes or spanned one of the many cross-country trails, there is more winter fun in New Jersey. Lace up those skates and take on the ice. One of the largest rinks, The Ice House in Hackensack, is open on the weekends and features four regulation-size NHL rinks. The Mennen Arena in Morris County, the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne and the Richard J. Cody Arena at South Mountain are all open and waiting for you to show your stuff on the ice.

So embrace the snow this season and head out to New Jersey's wonderful resorts for some skiing and winter fun. New Jersey offers a wide range of accommodations to choose from. Locate the closest room to your destination and gear up for the next day's adventure.