Skiing Options Near the Fairways at Bey Lea

For many, winter is the time to shut themselves in and wait til the snow thaws. Others, though, find themselves in their prime during the colder months. After all, it’s the only time to go skiing and snowboarding. Unfortunately, as you well know, there aren’t many mountains nearby. However, if you’re willing to make a small trip of it, you’ll find that there are quite a few good in northern New Jersey and the surrounding area, just a few hours’ drive away. If you’re hankering to hit the slopes this winter, check these resorts out.

Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, NJ

When put up against the other ski resorts in the area, Campgaw Mountain isn’t going to win points for being the biggest mountain with the most slopes. But for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, the resort should prove to be friendly enough. Featuring two lifts, three “magic carpet” conveyor lines, and 10 tube runs, the resort is just large enough to be interesting but still small enough to be unintimidating to new learners. In the warmer months, Campgaw has hiking routes through scenic areas, which visitors say are as much worth the visit as the slopes.

Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon Township, NJ

Mountain Creek Resort is open for about 12 hours each day, and if you choose to visit, you might just need every minute in order to navigate the park’s numerous paths. With 46 trails spread over four mountains, Mountain Creek has something for everyone, whether you’re a black-diamond ace or just getting the hang of the bunny hill. While ski slopes are Mountain Creek Resort’s bread and butter, there are other snow activities, including tubing and zipline tours (yes, even during the winter). Find yourself really liking Mountain Creek? You can always come back during the summer, when the resort’s bike park and water park are open.

High Point Cross Country Ski Center in Sussex, NJ

While most of your skiing options in the New Jersey area involve hills, slopes, and mountains, that’s not quite the experience you’re in for when you visit High Point Cross Country Ski Center. High Point has multiple miles of trails that range from easy to moderate difficulty. Those who’ve been say that the courses are perfect for those who are just starting out cross country skiing. But, if you’d rather have an even gentler introduction, High Point has a few snow shoe trails as well.

Jack Frost Big Boulder in White Haven, PA

When you buy a pass to Jack Frost Big Boulder, you’re getting access to not just one, but two separate mountains – and two different experiences. Located within a few miles of each other, each mountain has its share of trails that range from beginner to advanced, as well as tubing runs at both locations. However, the two resorts aren’t exactly the same. Big Boulder skews more toward beginner skiers and snowboarders, with hours accommodating for more nighttime runs. On the other hand, Jack Frost has more daytime hours and slightly more difficult trails.

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