As Winter winds down, there;s no better time to hit the slopes: deals and specials are being offered near and far, beckoning local skiers to enjoy the great outdoors.
Spring starts March 20, but let's face it—the air is still too cool to put away the parka. No worries, though, because after a long winter, it’s time to actually enjoy the snow!
Ski trips in March offer special benefits to those who can make them happen. In fact, this month is widely considered one of the best to ski, snowboard and socialize. Sunshine is abundant, so you’ll be on the slopes longer and soaking in some vitamin D. Temperatures will be warmer but still cold enough for snow and snowmaking. And there are plenty of deals—resorts typically slash prices on lift tickets and rentals.
So if you haven’t gone downhill or slalomed yet, visit one (or more) of the following nearby resorts. They’re all powder-packed with fun for all ages!
Campgaw is so close that checking conditions is rarely necessary—just look outside the window! Just minutes from Rte. 287 in Bergen County, it’s near enough that you don’t need a lot of time to plan a trip: Just throw on a coat and go. It features a large course for beginners (lessons are available), two double black diamond trails for experts and everything in between, so there’s a slope for every skill level. And if your local neighborhood hill has lost its luster, snow tubing at Campgaw is in full swing this month, providing thrills and spills (the fun kind, of course) for all ages.
Mountain Creek Resort
This bustling Sussex County resort just an hour north of Morristown offers an adrenaline rush for friends, families, couples and X-Games hopefuls. A daily pass here is your ticket to eight lifts on four mountain peaks, each with trails suitable for all levels. Freestyle skiers and snow boarders head straight to the terrain park, where an assortment of moguls, rails, boxes and ramps await. The resort also holds a variety of events in March, including the Wednesday night fun races and the “Not-So Legendary” banked slalom run. When you’re done on the slopes, stay for concerts (The Machine, a Pink Floyd cover band performs March 10) and open mic nights every Wednesday night in March. Check the resort’s website for more concert dates.
Mount Peter Ski Area
Macy’s started the Mount Peter ski area in 1936 to show off the department store’s ski apparel, and it’s been one of the Empire State’s most popular facilities ever since. Beginners can take advantage of free ski and snowboarding lessons, offered all winter long, while snow-loving vets will get thrills on the 14 trails. New for the season is the Quad Lift, a four-person chair that provides access to the beginner and intermediate slopes. A 600- foot snow tubing hill is open every day for all thrill seekers. Skiing is open for all during Scout Weekend, March 10–11, but scouts and their families can take advantage of special discounts on lessons, lifts and rentals. And don’t miss the annual Spring Rally on March 18, featuring live music, fun races, “big air” contests and more!
A two-and-a-half-hour drive up the New York State Thruway leads to this historic ski destination. Renowned for its snow-making capacities—the facility was the first in the world to have 100 percent snow-making coverage of a mountain—this premier resort has 58 runs over 240 acres, including a pair of terrain parks for hot dogging boarders and skiers as well as a twomile- long trail for marathoners. Snow tubing and weekend zip-lining over the snowy region is also available. (Bundle up!) March’s schedule includes special programs like the Sam Adams Air & Après Show with Olympic snowboarding bronze medalist Scotty Lago (March 10), the annual Bumps and BBQ Party (March 24) and Ladies’ Day (discounted prices for women every Wednesday throughout the month).
Camelback Mountain Resort
With 35 slopes covering nearly 170 skiable acres, Camelback is one of the Northeast’s winter hotspots. Nestled in the Keystone State’s Pocono region, the mountain features the Nile Mile, a one-mile trail that includes an 800-foot vertical drop. (Daredevils, rejoice!) Rookies and novices can catch their breath: Camelback offers ski and snowboarding lessons for all ages as well as the largest snow tubing park in the country. A special triple ticket is now available—it’s a card preloaded with three lift tickets for the price of two. When the skiing ends for the day, the resort hosts special evening events and live music throughout March.