• Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon, New Jersey
    Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon / credit: Christopher Vanderyajt

Let It Snow and Enjoy Outdoor Winter Fun

New Jersey offers a variety of outdoor activities to keep you busy this winter, so try one of these six fun activities.

The cool temperatures and onset of snow means that winter activities abound! 

1. Enjoy the mountain lifestyle at a luxurious ski resort. 

New Jersey is home to the popular Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, located only 47 miles from New York City. With over 167 acres of skiable terrain, Mountain Creek spans four peaks with vertical heights reaching 1,040 feet. Known for its massive terrain park, the venue offers something for everyone, including first rate dining, nightlife, spas, tubing, ski lessons for the kids and an alpine coaster. After a day on the slopes, unwind in a steaming hot tub overlooking the snow, and make a weekend out of it by staying onsite at The Appalachian, Black Creek Sanctuary or mountaintop cabins.

2. Get a thrill by tubing down the slopes.

Campgaw Mountain, located in Mahwah, is New Jersey’s other great option for fast-paced tubing. Grab your inner tube, fly down the hill and then enjoy a leisurely ride back up the hill to enjoy the ride all over again. Stay nearby at Homewood Suites by Hilton Mahwah to enjoy a whole weekend of snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding for all levels.

3. Enjoy some solitude on cross-country skis. 

If cross-country skiing is more your style, check out the High Point Cross Country Ski Center in Sussex, which features acres of trails that scenically weave through alpine lakes, beautiful vistas and snow covered trees. Book a room at nearby High Point Country Inn in Wantage, located on 7 acres of beautiful countryside and conveniently located to High Point State Park and the Appalachian Trail. 

4. Explore the trails on snowshoes.

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the great outdoors when the trail is covered in snow. With very little equipment needed, the snowshoes can be easily rented at any major outdoor store and outfitter. Some of the best snowshoeing trails throughout the state are located up north, and include the Ramapo Mountain State Forest in Oakland. Get away for the weekend, and stay at the Holiday Inn Express Haskell-Wayne Area hotel for a close option. Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Andover also offers beautiful scenery for snowshoeing, and the nearby Residence Inn Mt. Olive at International Trade Center in Stanhope is the perfect spot for a weekend home base. 

5. Bring the family outdoors for a day of sledding.

Sledding is a classic family favorite winter sport and can be enjoyed all over the state. Pick up a plastic disk or a classic sled and head to any of New Jersey’s park and recreation areas. Hopatcong State Park (Landing) is a favorite the whole family can enjoy, and when you stay at the nearby Courtyard Rockaway Mt. Arlington, you can warm up afterwards in the indoor pool and hot tub. 

6. Gracefully glide along the ice at a skating rink.

For indoor winter activities, plan a day at the ice rink. Take a trip to Newport Skates, an outdoor rink that sits on the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City. Afterward, cozy up in your hotel room at The Westin Jersey City Newport, a chic hotel offering an indoor pool and hot tub, elegant restaurants and plush accommodations. 

There are many fun activities to experience this winter in New Jersey, so don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors!