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  • 5 Spots to Go Skiing, Snowtubing, and Ice Skating Near Hoboken

    After the highly anticipated opening of Harlow Winter Village in December, we got to wondering what other winter-specific spots are must-visits before the leaves turn green again. While skating in the Mile Square is beyond awesome {did we mention admission is free? Really, go check it out if you haven’t already}, if you’re looking for an adventure outside of the city limits, you’re in luck because the area is absolutely stacked with winter sports and activities. Here’s a list of our favorite skiing, snowtubing and skating spots not far from Hoboken. You’ll be enjoying a winter wonderland in no time — even with fake snow.

     

    Best Day Trip:

    Mountain Creek Resort — Vernon, NJ

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    It’s only an hour’s drive, there are no tolls along the way and the resort offers trails for everyone from the bunny slope beginner to the black diamond daredevil. Yep, those are the makings of a solid ski trip whatever your skill level. Thirty different trails ensure skiers and snowboarders won’t be bored before their visit’s through and there are plenty of activities for those less inclined to hop on the lift, too. Non-skiers in your group can hit the snow tube hills, and thrill-seekers can sign up for zipline tours that offer ridiculously awesome panoramic views as high as 1,500 feet over the mountain-top lake.

     

    Best Skiing via Public Transportation:

    Thunder Ridge Ski Area — Thunder Ridge, NY

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    No car? No problem! Sure, lots of ski spots are accessible when you book special bus trips throughout the season, but you can get to the 22-trail Thunder Ridge on the Metro-North Harlem Line any time they even have discounted train and lift tickets you can snag online or at Grand Central! There’s a shuttle constantly waiting on weekends and holidays, but if you’re making a quick mid-week trip just call up the resort and they’ll send a complimentary shuttle to you tout suite!

     

    Best Weekend Getaway With Friends:

    The Poconos, Pennsylvania

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    OK, so the Poconos isn’t a single destination, technically, but the entire area is a can’t-miss destination for the winter season. If you’ve never rallied your besties for a weekend trip to the Pennsylvania mountains, you’re officially on notice  this is the year to do it! Camelback Mountain Resort, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and Blue Mountain Resort all offer fresh powder and tons of trails in the area and AirBNB is loaded with rental houses that accommodate groups of every size {some of which come with some super swanky amenities like lake views, game rooms and hot tubs- perfect for apres-ski party time}. Trust us, a weekend away, an oversized cabin, your best friends and a physical activity that includes shredding {and, let’s be honest, probably slipping a little bit too} down a mountain will lead to loads of laughs and some definite memory-making moments.

     

    Best Post-Work Date Spot:

    Newport Skates — Jersey City, NJ

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    Right on the Jersey City Waterfront is Newport Skates, a seasonal ice rink with great hours {4 pm ‘til 9 pm on weekdays} and affordable prices {$13 for rental skates and unlimited rink time}. After you’ve put your ice princess skills to the test, grab hot chocolates and enjoy a winter walk along the water. Tip: If you’re not within walking distance, take the light rail to the Newport stop it’s a short walk and way better than dealing with a not-so-stellar parking sitch during the week.

    Best {Wintery} Way to Meet New Friends:

    Live More Adventures — Hoboken {and beyond}

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    If you’re looking for a fun adventure where you get out of Hoboken/JC and meet new people, Live More Adventures is going to be your jam. The Hoboken-based company takes care of all aspects of each event {yes, they’re year round but they have some fun winter ones!} — from lodging to homemade food and everything else in between. You’re free to thoroughly enjoy your time away from the real world and meet new friends. Right now they have trips planned to various ski resorts {Killington and Gore Mountain}, so you can definitely get your snow bunny on without much effort, all while meeting new people from the area.

     

    These are just a few fun ways to enjoy the season. What’s your favorite spot for winter activities in the area?

     


    Written by:

    A Jersey girl born and raised, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots in her new city while still making frequent trips to her favorite spots in the Mile Square (because while she signed up for a new zip code, she definitely didn’t sign up for a life without Black Bear buffalo bites, sunsets at Pier 13 or Sunday football on Washington!). After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in journalism, she spent five years as a style editor and now freelances on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at the Stevens pool, checking out new happy hour spots (bonus points always given for a spot with a view) or cheering on her Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).


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