Skiing & Winter Sports

Pop-Up Ice Skating Rinks in the Hamptons and North Fork

What’s better than gliding across a sheet of ice on a lovely winter day? How about doing it outdoors, where all of the season’s pageantry is on display?

Pop-up-ice rinks are popping up all over the East End of Long Island these days, from low-cost, low-frills facilities to high-end clubs that cater to every perk a skater could imagine.

We’ve got your winter entertainment covered here, with five seasonal rinks from Riverhead to East Hampton and Greenport. All are open to the public without residency restrictions but costs can be higher for nonresidents. For good measure, we’ve also included a pair of up-Island pop-up rinks just in case your seasonal shopping takes you off the East End.

As always, be advised these facilities are weather-dependent and opening and closing dates vary based on temperature, rainfall and patron interest. Prices are as of October 2016.

Poconos Family Getaway: Split Rock Resort and Jack Frost Mtn

If you can’t escape the snow this winter, you might as well enjoy it—and there’s no better way than skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the Poconos.

At Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, deep in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the emphasis is squarely on family. Amenities such as an arcade, movie theater, indoor heated pool and indoor water park up the fun factor exponentially.

And all less than two hours from New York City? We had to get the scoop on this family getaway. Here’s our parent (and kids) review, and things to know before you go.

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. 

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. 

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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