Ski New Jersey: Close To The Big Metros -

Mountain Creek is the big kid on the block in New Jersey. The four-season resort transforms itself into a winter playground every December. Mountain Creek divides its focus in half – South Peak for freestylers, Vernon Peak for skiing families.

The resort went from about 15 percent of terrain dedicated to terrain parks to 45 percent, all at South Peak and South Lodge. South is venue for Mountain Creek's learn-to-freestyle programs with a progression across the mountain from never-ever to never-better.

A view of the halfpipe with a crowd at Mountain Creek Resort, New JerseyVernon Peak, on the flip side, now offers a more laid-back experience for families who want to ski in a relaxed atmosphere without expert snowboarders whizzing past them on beginner trails.

Mountain Creek offers 45 trails and parks, an eight-lane snow tubing park, 100 percent snowmaking and night skiing, a 1,040-foot vertical drop, and 11 lifts including the eight-passenger Cabriolet Chair, the Vernon Triple, and the Sojourn Double. The resort is within two hours from anywhere in the New York City Metropolitan Area.

Two other areas operate in New Jersey: Campgaw and Hidden Valley. Campgaw has two double chairs and two magic carpets, five trails, a freestyle terrain park, six snow tubing runs, 100 percent snowmaking, and night skiing.

A chairlift at Hidden Valley, New JerseyThe Hidden Valley Club (not to be confused with Pennsylvania's or Missouri's Hidden Valleys) offers a return to the days of semi-private skiing and riding. The area sells a limited number of seasonal memberships, then closes the doors to non-members for weekends and holidays. The area has 620 feet of vertical, a triple chair, two doubles, and two surface lifts, and 100 percent night skiing.

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