It’s winter and you’re ready to get out there and enjoy it! Get in some great exercise and find a great ski resort to ski, snowboard, tube, and play just a drive away from Rockaway Township, Denville, and Parsippany-Troy Hills. Pack up the kids, hop in the car, and get out there even if it’s just for the day. After all, families who play together stay together. Here’s a list of five of the best ski resorts near North Jersey.
Mountain Creek is great for families looking to let off some steam close to North Jersey. This resort offers a place for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, zip lines, the Alpine Mountain coaster, and racing programs. Tickets to Mountain Creek range from $42.99 to $69.99, but they offer a super great deal for kids 6 and under. If they’re with a paying adult, their ticket is free. Season passes are available for those who want to keep on coming back.
From Central NJ to Mountain Creek: Take Garden State Parkway to exit 153 to Rt. 3 West. Take a right onto 46 W to Route 23 N, then take the exit on the right on Route 153 N to Route 94 S to Mountain Creek. If you plan to use your navigation system, the address is 200 McAffee Vernon Road (Route 94) in Vernon, NJ.
Hunter Mountain is really great for those looking to improve their skills. With a learning center that offers private lessons, kids group lessons, adult and kids seasonal programs, and competition teams, there are great opportunities to sharpen your skills. In the summer Hunter Mountain hoses festivals, zip lining, hiking, disc golf, and fly fishing. Hunter Mountain is located at 64 Klein Avenue in Hunter, NY. Using your location, their website gives you great driving direction, bus line and train directions from nearby locations.
Thunder Ridge Ski Resort is perfect for those wanting to participate in a race team. Offering tuning services and rental equipment, Thunder Ridge is a full-service ski resort. Around since 1948, the resort offers private and group lessons as well a great ski shop. Throughout the year there are other great things to do at Thunder Ridge including fall festivals, paintball, and a haunted village and hayride.
Campgaw Mountain is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Have fun here tubing with a couple of friends or have a whole tubing party. Offering multi week programs, lessons, and a race program, Campgaw has everything you could want to get your ski on.
Hidden Valley Club is more than your average ski resort; it’s more like a vacation destination. Though it’s quite a hike from North Jersey (about a 5 hour drive), it’s worth it for a family vacation. It features great lodging packages for the whole family, a full-service spa, family tubing, great night life activities, and great amenities for everyone.
Regardless of where you decide to go, remember to have fun! There’s only so much time to enjoy the snow, and you only get so many winters. Make