Hit The Slopes At These 5 Ski Resorts
Skiers and snowboarders can shred at these facilities, where there’s no shortage of snow this season.
Now that we’ve passed the midway point of January, some of us are beginning to wonder if we’ll ever see snow in Bergen County this season. Yes, the few flakes that fell this week were good for momentary oohs and ahhs, but surely it wasn’t enough to satisfy hardcore chionophiles. Our area has still to see substantial accumulations, amounts that get us excited for snow sports.
Despite the snow shortage, there’s plenty of evidence that it’s winter on ski slopes throughout the area. At Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, Bergen County’s lone ski facility, machine-made powder covers most of the resort, including one main hill and both the tubing and the beginner slopes. The center just resumed regular hours this week, with daily lift tickets, season passes, rentals and more all available.
But avid skiers and snowboarders want more, and finding fresh, plentiful powder is as easy as a short drive north or west, where Jack Frost has made his presence known all winter long. Below are additional nearby ski centers where you can shred all day and night.
Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon.
Friends, families, couples and X-Games hopefuls drive an hour west of Mahwah to get an adrenaline rush at this bustling resort. 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.
Mount Peter Ski Area, Warwick N.Y.
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. A 600-foot snow tubing hill is open every day for all thrill seekers.
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, N.Y.
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 more than 60 runs over 240 acres, including a pair of terrain parks for hot dogging boarders and skiers as well as a 2-mile-long trail for marathoners.
Camelback Mountain, Tannersville, Penn.
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 1-mile trail that includes an 800-foot vertical drop. Meanwhile, rookies and novices can catch their breath: Camelback offers ski and snowboarding lessons for all ages, as well as one of the largest snow tubing park in the country.
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