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Top XX Family Friendly Resorts from NYC

New York City is not traditionally thought of as a skiing mecca and planning a ski trip, particularly when your group includes skiers and riders of varying ability levels, is not easy. Whether you are new to skiing, a seasoned pro, have a significant other or young children to introduce to the sport, want to take advantage of multi-resort season pass, and / or are just keen to try somewhere new - this list has a resort for you. 

This is NOT a list of all of the resorts within a few hours of NYC, instead, it is a curated collection of places that are convenient (for your time and budget), fun and meet a particular need. If you are open to going anywhere - see our Resort Recommender

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Mahwah, NJ; less than 1 hour driving from NYC                                           visit website

Why? An easy day trip; ideal for getting young children comfortable on skis


Passes: Independent

Rates: Ages 7+ season pass is $289;  weekend day passes are $44

Terrain: 12 Trails, 1 Terrain Park

Snowfall Avg: 45 inches

Getting here: Drive; ample free parking, ~1 hour from NYC (~20 miles from George Washington Bridge)

Specials Program: Cruisers & Mountain Masters; 1.5 hour group lessons run weekday afternoons and every other hour on weekends

Rentals: At Base (included with lesson packages); we recommend seasonal rentals for young children

Plan to spend: Half Day (~3 - 5 hours)

  • A feeder hill; dedicated to learning, especially for young children

  • Easy to view lessons; the magic carpets are directly outside the Base Lodge. Enjoy the fireplace and wi-fi and slip out to watch

  • Affordable. Reasonable prices for ski lesson and rental packages with half day options

  • Minimal commitment required. Given the proximity to NYC and relatively lower costs, good way to test the waters

  • The 10 lane, 800m tubing center is fun for all

  • Though perfect for learning the basics, there's not much to challenge here

  • Lessons can sell out. The small size keeps big crowds away, but given its proximity to NYC, it can get busy when it snows / on weekends. Book lessons in advance. 

  • Short season. Given the NJ climate, Campgaw relies heavily on snowmaking (and it does have coverage on 100% of its terrain) but it has to be cold enough

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