As the temperature drops, the promise of snow lingers in the air…and snow means skiing! Skiers enjoy not only an outdoor activity in a season when most sports are all but impossible, but also scenic views of pristine mountainsides. There are many excellent slopes within driving distance of Newark, so next time you’re in the area, why not rent a car and check out some of New Jersey’s finest slopes?

Mountain Creek is a 170-acre recreational area located near Vernon, NJ. This ski resort is well-suited for all skiing abilities, since its 48 skiing trails range in difficulty from beginner to expert, and those who don’t wish to ski can enjoy the tubing lanes. Equipment rentals and personal lessons are available, and ski passes range in price from $34 to $64. Groups of 15 or more get discounts on tickets, ski rentals, lessons, and meals, so it’s definitely worth it to pick up a fifteen passenger van rental and hit the slopes with some of your friends. Make sure you check the snow report on the resort’s website—it would be disappointing to realize that the slopes aren’t open after you arrive.

Ski Campgaw, while smaller than Mountain Creek, is perfect for skiers who aren’t yet sturdy on their skis. Its fewer trails and gentle slopes are ideal for children and beginning skiers. Skiing lessons cost $25 for a group lesson, while one-on-one instruction is available for $60 an hour. For those who live near Ski Campgaw—located about fifty minutes from Union, NJ—Campgaw’s Snow Sports Academies may be of interest. Maybe you want your four- or six-year-old to get a solid introduction to skiing, or your teenager wants to perfect his/her skiing abilities. Either way, an Academy program is just a short drive away.

If these two places don’t whet your appetite for the great snowy outdoors, try High Point Cross Country Ski Center. This center is about an hour and a half from Elizabeth, NJ, in your rental car, and it offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Cross-country skiing is a great winter workout, since it utilizes most muscle groups in the body. If you’re new to cross-country skiing, you can get a lesson for $19, while ski and snowshoe rentals range from $13 to $22. After you’ve finished exploring the nine miles of trails—some of which are specifically designated for beginners and children—you’ll love enjoying a hot chocolate in the cozy lodge.

When you’re planning your ski adventure, don’t forget to think about the vehicle you’ll need. Value Van & Car Rental offers affordable car rentals, passenger van rentals, minivan rentals, and more. Contact us today at (908) 851-9595 to learn more, and get ready for some winter fun.