New Jersey only has three ski resorts, only two of which are open to adults wanting to ski. In 2014, the defunct Hidden Valley resort started operating as Winter4Kids, a ski resort built to get youth into snow sports.
All New Jersey Ski Resorts
The ‘Pass’ column below identifies if the resort is associated with one of the two major ski passes in the country. IKON and EPIC each have dozens of slopes in their system that will allow you to ski at any one of them if you hold it. Within Idaho, each pass only is associated with one ski resort.
|Campgaw Mountain||Mahwah, NJ, 07430|
|Mountain Creek||Hackettstown, NJ, 07840|
|Winter4Kids (Youth Only)||Vernon Twp, NJ, 07462|
Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’
Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
The Most Difficult New Jersey Ski Resorts
The former Hidden Valley ski area – now a youth-only slope called Winter4Kids, shakes out as the most difficult resort in New Jersey. However, since this is a youth-only hill, the difficulty of the former resort has probably been scaled down a bit.
The easiest ski resort in New Jersey is Campgaw Mountain, with 70% of its trails rated for beginners.
|Rank||Resort||Green Trails||Blue Trails||Black Trails||Difficulty ScoreTM|
|#1||Winter4Kids (Youth Only)||25%||30%||45%||43%|
The Largest Ski Resorts in New Jersey
Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?
Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.
Mountain Creek ski resort is the largest ski area in New Jersey. It has the highest summit elevation, the lowest base elevation, both of which lends to it having the steepest vertical drop. It also has the most skiable acres by a wide margin, and has almost three times the amount of trails as its next closest competitor (Winter4Kids).
|Rank||Resort||Summit Elevation||Base Elevation||Vertical Drop||Acres||Trails|
|#1||Mountain Creek||1,480 ft||440 ft||1,040 ft||167||41|
|#2||Winter4Kids (Youth Only)||1,435 ft||815 ft||620 ft||36||13|
|#3||Campgaw Mountain||720 ft||450 ft||270 ft||18||5|