Whether you’re looking for a day trip with the littles or a week-long family vacation this winter, New Jersey has access to plenty of family-friendly ski resorts to choose from. These all-inclusive facilities have everything you need for a day-long outing, or winter break ski excursion. With on-site rental shops, restaurants and cafes, repair shops, retail stores, and cozy lodges, you will feel comfortable during your stay at one of these premier ski resorts for families.
Here are the 10 best ski resorts for NJ families:
Mountain Creek Resort is located in Vernon, New Jersey, earning its place at the very top of our list. This mountain’s peak stands at a tall 1,480 feet. Beginners and experts alike can have a blast at Mountain Creek with 8 lifts, 46 trails, and a variety of terrain features, the whole family can spend the day crankin’ turns and feeling the thrill of a refreshing ski day. Little ones can spend the morning or afternoon with professional instructors at Ski School, while older kids can get their kicks on the 67-acre Terrain Park spread over 12 trails. The mountain features 3 Magic Carpet lifts for beginners and little skiers and boarders. Mountain Creek offers night skiing for shredders who aren’t ready to call it quits when the sun goes down. For a different kind of adrenaline-fueled snow activity, head to the Snow Tubing hill for a sliding experience that is accessible to everyone. No specialized equipment or lessons required for this activity – just be ready to have fun!
Mountain Creek Resort
200 Route 94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462
Campgaw Mountain is another local New Jersey ski resort, conveniently located in Mahwah, for easy day-trips. The approachable size of this mountain makes it a perfect place for little ones (and adults who are new to skiing) to boot up and get acquainted with the sport of skiing. Being a relatively smaller mountain, patrons at Campgaw also benefit from shorter lift lines and less crowded slopes, creating a safer and more pleasant environment for little ones. 3 Magic Carpets, 2 double chairlifts, a Freestyle Terrain Park, and 10 snow-making guns are part of what keep this resort up and running. Little snow bunnies ages 4 to 6 can participate in the Specialized Children’s Program to get the best instruction possible. Night skiing operates as late as 10:00PM on Friday evenings, making for a different kind of “night out” with the family! Campgaw’s Snow Tubing hill features 9 lanes for the ultimate chill thrill.
200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430
Camelback Mountain Resort is a year-round destination for family activity, but the community surrounding this Poconos mountain definitely lives and breathes winter. This family-friendly mountain is welcoming and challenging all at once, with 34 trails that are all fully lit for night skiing. There are 16 total lifts, including 4 Magic Carpets for little ones. If Ski School is what you’re after, Camelback offers Kids Half-Day Programs, single session Learn To Ski/Ride packages, 90-minute beginner lessons & private lessons. Camelback features a staggering 42 lanes of Snowtubing, and this 2016-2017 season features a brand new Snow Tubing Lodge, and Galactic Snow Tubing for a new kind of snowy experience.
Camelback Mountain Resort
301 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372
Two ski areas in one! Nestled in the Pocono mountains, one lift ticket will grant you access to two individual mountains, each with its own personality. Both boasting summits of 2,000 feet or higher, Jack Frost Mountain and Big Boulder Mountain pride themselves in being the first mountains to open the season, and last to close in the spring. For lovers of jumps, rails, and 180’s – head to Big Boulder. The mountain is dedicating 50% of its terrain to park features for extreme riders looking to take their tricks to the next level. Big Boulder tends to operate more at night, and also features a snow tubing hill. At Jack Frost, the resort’s main facility, the tubing is actually at the top of the mountain! This resort is home to a number of family-friendly dining options for après-ski food and drink, or mid-day refueling: Jack’s Burrito Bar, Cafe Frost, Jack’s Pizza, Java Jacks, The Frosty Toboggan Bar & Grill, and more.
Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Area
434 Jack Frost Mountain Rd, White Haven, PA 18661
Big Boulder Ski Area
Blue Mountain Resort‘s impressive statistics speak for themselves: Pennsylvania’s highest vertical, the longest runs, and the most varied terrain with 39 slopes. With an impressive 16 lifts, this mountain can keep even the most experienced skier busy for a full day of turns. If you are seeking a more in-depth experience for your little skiers and snowboarders, try the Explorer Program, Pioneer Program, or Winter Adventure Camp for a little more of a boost than the traditional Beginner Programs will offer. Blue Mountain features 6 different terrain parks throughout the area for every skill level. Blue Mountain encourages families to “redefine joy-ride” by visiting the snow tubing hill; they are the only park in the Poconos with family-sized tubes! Once you’ve worked up an appetite after a day of activity, grab a seat at the Slopeside Pub & Grill, where “every table is a window seat.”
Blue Mountain Resort
1660 Blue Mountain Dr, Palmerton, PA 18071
Elk Mountain Ski Resort in Union Dale, Pennsylvania, is considered one of the “Six Unsung Heroes” by Ski Magazine. The mountain’s top elevation is 2,692 ft, the highest of any operating resort in eastern Pennsylvania, and the ski resort itself features 1,000 feet of vertical vertical excitement. Keep your ride easy on Beginner’s Slope or the new Green Circle trail, Tioga. Intermediate riders will enjoy Snow Bowl, Delaware Chute, and Kickapoo, while advanced riders should hit the Black Diamond trails, Mohawk, Slalom, and Susquehanna. Elk’s ski school and children’s program is part of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and utilizes the American Teaching System. Drop your little ones off for a half-day or full-day of instruction while you head to the top of the mountain.
Elk Mountain Ski Resort
344 Elk Mountain Rd., Union Dale, PA 18470
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is a family favorite in the Poconos with 23 slopes and trails, The Pocono Plunge Snow Tubing Park, and two Terrain Parks that features boxes, spines, table tops, rails, rollers, stairs, wall ride and sound system. Little Chief and the Learning Center are on their own designated beginner’s slope so tiny skiers and adult beginners alike have a safe space to learn freely. If your little ones are not ready to hit the slopes, Shawnee offers a full babysitting service for children over 18 months old, and will keep your cuties happy, entertained, comfortable, and safe while you enjoy a day of outdoor activity.
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Montage Mountain Resort in Scranton, PA challenges families to experience winter head-on with 26 trails ranging from beginner to expert, 1000 vertical feet, valley views, and full mountain night skiing. In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, Montage Mountain offers another activity that’s a little different – Air Boarding. Kids ages 10 and up can take lessons in this inflatable snow sliding activity. All winter long, Montage Mountain hosts a full calendar of family-friendly events and festivals to supplement your mountain experience. Be sure to check out the Cardboard Box Derby in the spring.
Montage Mountain Resort
1000 Montage Mountain Rd, Scranton, PA 1850
Mount Peter is the first resort on our list located in New York State. In operation since 1936, Mount Peter is the oldest operating ski area in its state, it’s no wonder why it has built a reputation as a premier family destination for snow lovers. This mountain is known as, “The Friendly One,” which accurately depicts its accessibility for beginners and small children. 30% of the mountain’s trails are Green Circles, the least challenging trails on the slopes.
51 Old Mt. Peter Road, Warwick, NY 10990
Hunter Mountain is New York’s top four-season resort for families featuring renowned terrain, snowmaking and grooming, an award-winning Learning Center, snowtubing, slopeside condominiums, and the Kaatskill Mountain Club luxury hotel. Though Hunter is the farthest mountain from New Jersey on our list, it is the place to go if you’re looking for a big mountain in the tri-state area. Its summit hits 3,200 feet above sea level with 1,600 foot vertical drop, and that’s not all! 12 lifts and an impressive 58 trails are spread across the 240 skiiable acres that make up Hunter Mountain. Skiiers of all levels can find challenging terrain, and cruisable slopes for easy-going runs, too.
Main St, Hunter, NY 12442