We had a blast during our recent visit to Big SNOW American Dream. Those with young children and anyone in the broader NYC area looking to brush up on skiing or riding, should make a visit to Big SNOW.
Big SNOW brings perfect ski conditions for learning to NYC's backyard. North America's first and only indoor skiing center is adjacent to MetLife Stadium. Spanning 180,000 square-foot, Big SNOW offers a comfortable sliding surface, a variety of terrain for learning, and a temperature controlled 28 degree environment.
Skiing Made Easy
A weekend ski trip in the Northeast entails a lot of time and expense. Between lift tickets, lodging, and transportation, it can be an exhausting experience, especially for first timers.
Instead, Big SNOW offers the rare trip to a mountain destination where the temperature is perfectly controlled just below freezing, new snow is made nightly, and there is no wind. North America's first indoor, real-snow, ski and snowboard center is located less than 10 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel. New Jersey-based SNOW operating, operates Big SNOW, along with Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ.
Getting There. Plan to park in Parking Lot A, level two. Parking costs $5 and within a 3-4 minute walk, you will find yourself a world away, transported to a ski resort.
Entry. Buy your tickets online, in advance. Tickets are offered in two-hour blocks with time slots running in 15 minute increments from 10am – 8pm. Your time on-snow begins when you first scan your ticket at the lift. You can purchase single tickets or books of tickets. Spectator tickets are available for a lower price. Single sessions run $50 per person for lift access and $70-$90 includes ski rentals and/or clothing. Lift access is free for children ages 6 and under.
The Set Up. Enter an authentic looking resort ski shop with a nice selection of apparel and equipment to purchase.
Scan your ticket, get a wrist band, and walk through a gondola into the locker room. Your wrist bracelet also serves as your locker key. Gear up and exit the doors into the ski hill environment. Dress warmly, after 2 hours, 28 degrees Fahrenheit feels chilly. Good thing it's easy to grab a hot chocolate and warm up at the base.
The Terrain. There are 4 lifts in total — 2 magic carpet surface lifts, 1 fixed grip quad and 1 poma platter surface lift. It takes about 3.5 minutes to ride the lift up and less than 30 seconds to ski down.
With four skiable acres, there's enough variety to stay entertained for the session. Young children and those just learning can progress from the magic carpet with a choice of banked turns to the "perfect" slope, and then onto the chairlift. The slope from the top of the chairlift offers 160 feet of vertical drop with a max slope grade of 26% and average grade of 10%. Snowboarders will delight in the terrain park.
Lessons. Lessons and equipment rentals are available. A few highlights include
The Camp BIG Children's program is great for children ages 5-12 to learn. This program is for beginner's only and includes gear and clothing rental, 3-hours of slope access, and continuous instruction
Private lessons are available for up to four participants, ages 5 and up
When you’re finished, it’s an easy walk back to the car, or around the mall for more entertainment and shopping.
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