Just because you live in the Big Apple, it doesn’t mean you have to let your skis or snowboard get rusty. There are a variety of ski areas located within a short drive of the New York metropolitan area, whether you’re hitting a ski hill in-state or seeking out a resort in New Jersey or farther north into New England. And several, like the sampling listed below, are so close that you can escape the city for a few runs and return in time for a Broadway show. Here are a few local-favorite ski areas that offer the most reasonable drives from the City That Never Sleeps.
Big SNOW American Dream - East Rutherford, NJ
Located inside New Jersey’s American Dream entertainment mall, Big SNOW American Dream is the country’s newest ski area with its most consistent conditions. That’s because it’s indoors. Yes, Big SNOW is all inside, with a constant temperature of 28 degrees F and real snow from snowmaking equipment instead of just turf. With a first-timer’s area served by two magic carpets, a quad chair accessing the intermediate Switchback trail, and a Poma lift servicing the more difficult Northern Lights trail (which also transitions into a terrain park), it has a vertical drop of 160 feet with the longest slope spanning 1,000 feet. Two-hour lift tickets let you bag a multitude of laps, with instruction and equipment rentals available on-site. Need more shred? The mall complex also has an indoor wave pool for surfing.
Campgaw Mountain - Mahwah, NJ
As the closest outdoor ski resort to New York City, Campgaw Mountain is just 30 miles from Manhattan, making that simple day- or night-trips more than possible. That being said, the area is a bit on the small side at 24 acres, but still has two double chairs, a 275-foot vertical drop and 12 beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, with the longest trail spanning 1,600 feet. And a robust snow-making system covers it all, with half of the resort open to night skiing. It also has a ski school for new skiers and riders wanting to polish their skills.