Skiing & Winter Sports

February Break Activities for NJ Kids

Did the recent snow days bring on cabin fever in your home? Get ready for more time off in February. Most New Jersey schools are closed for President’s Day, some longer- even the whole week! We’ve already brought you drop-off options for February break. Now we’ve gathered even more activities to keep the little ones busy, and your own sanity in check, on these wintery days off from school.

Cross-Country Skiing Spots on Long Island

There's at least one good thing about a snow-filled winter: It gives us the chance to ski. And if cross-country, rather than downhill, is your family's preferred winter sport, you're in luck. Long Island boasts a number of great trails for locals from beginner spots best for younger kids to the more adventurous perhaps better appreciated by parents or experienced teens. In fact, many state parks open bright and early after a snowfall, so that skiers can hit the fresh powder.

Just be sure to call in advance to make sure the park or nature preserve is indeed open. And for more cold weather fun, check out our Skiing, Snowboarding & Snow Sports Guide.

Winter Walks in Fairfield County

When the seemingly endless cold and gray of Winter is giving you a case of cabin fever, it’s time to bundle up the family and head to one of your local parks.  Winter brings its own magic to the local parks and preserves of Fairfield County.  Less crowds means more peace and quiet to enjoy your natural surroundings.  Take in a refreshing breath of cold air and see how many animal tracks you can find in the snow or just spend some time gathering materials to make an awesome Ice Suncatcher.

No snow? No problem! You don’t need snow shoes, skis, sleds to enjoy these parks and preserves - a pair of weatherproof boots and your winterwear should do the trick. So, disconnect from the screens and devices for an afternoon and reconnect with nature. 

8 Favorite Family Skiing Spots Near NYC

Now that winter has finally arrived, it's time to embrace the chill. We've rounded up some of the best skiing and snowboarding spots within a few hours drive of the city.

A winter sport like skiing is great way to get outdoors as a family, rather than wallowing indoors all season long. It'll make the warm weather come that much sooner! Read on for our rundown on these local slopes, so you can pick one that matches your kids' skill levels and interests. Want info on more family skiing and other snow sports? Check out our Ski Guide, covering the tristate area, New England and even California. 

Happy skiing!

Not Just Skiing: Smugglers' Notch Is Year Round Vermont Resort for Families

Smugglers' Notch Resort is one of my family's favorite places to ski in Vermont, and like many other families in the Northeast, we find ourselves returning year after year to hit the slopes. However, we vacationed here last summer and discovered it's also a great year-round destination. We will be visiting again this February during our extended family ski trip, but another summer trip to Smugglers' Notch Resort is awfully tempting, too.

With outdoor adventures and special activities, each season at Smugglers' Notch has its own individual charm. The resort reinvents itself throughout the year, offering families distinct and unique recreation options to make the most of a mountain vacation. 

Free Skiing for Kids in New York, New Jersey, Vermont

Let's face facts: No matter how exhilarating skiing and snowboarding are, they are also among the most expensive activities in which a family can participate—especially if your kids take a single run and spend the rest of the day sipping cocoa.

Thankfully, many nearby state ski associations, and even a local resort, offer free lift tickets to grade-schoolers, including those in New York City. Of course, there are hurdles to clear to get those benefits—kids need to be the appropriate age, apply online and, in some cases, maintain a desired GPA. But for avid skiers and riders or those who merely want to try out the sports, these programs can save you plenty of cash when skiing with the kids.

These programs do not require residency so children from NYC are eligible for all of them. Read on for more information on how to ski for free in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Check our Ski and Snow Sports Guide for more fun on local hills and mountains.

Catch Some Air at These Nearby Snowboarding Parks

Snowboarding is no longer skiing's little sister as millions hit the mountain by board every year from teens to middle school kids to millennial and Gen. X parents. Families in the greater New York City and Philadelphia areas have nearly a dozen snowboard terrain parks and board-friendly mountains close enough for a day trip.

We rounded up nine local ski resorts where families will find boarding lessons for beginners and acres of freestyle terrain for your kids who are ready to move on and looking for jibs, kickers, handrails and more freestyle fun.

Need recommendations on where to take the kids for downhill or cross-country skiing? Or another winter sport? Check out our Ski & Snow Sports Guide covering New England, the greater New York area and California.

Mount Peter: New York's 'Friendliest' Skiing For Families

Mount Peter may not be largest mountain in New York, but it could be the best for beginners. 

We’ve reviewed tips for skiing and snowboarding with children in the past, and now we want to shine a light on one mountain that takes very seriously its job of making skiing fun. Located in Warwick, N.Y., in Orange County—about a 1-hour drive from the George Washington Bridge—Mount Peter is a very small hill that’s perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to ski or snowboard. We have visited the mountain many times over the past few years, so read on for what you need to know. 

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