Listed here are some great nearby family friendly ski areas, most offer a mix of skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing; some offer free lessons for little ones, childcare, and special theme days and festivals for the entire family. Make it a day, or a family getaway! Check for lodging on premises or nearby. January is Learn to Ski / Snowboard month! Check out the special deals.
New Jersey Ski Mountains
Campgaw Mountain - Skiing and Tubing in NJ
Located in North Bergen county, Campgaw Mountain offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing fun. They are open both days and nights, and also have freestyle terrains, two magic carpet conveyor lifts, two double chair lifts, and five beginner/intermediate trails, plus lessons and daily camp for younger children.
200 Campgaw Rd. , Mahwah, NJ. 201-327-7800.
Mountain Creek in Vernon has over 150 skiable acres, four mountain peaks, 44 trails and 8 lifts. They offer traditional daytime skiing, as well as night skiing, tubing, a terrain park, alpine coaster and more. They also have lessons, from beginners to racers and a kid’s camp for ages 8-13. Best of all, you can turn your day trip to Mountain Creek into a longer getaway,
200 Rte. 94 , Vernon, NJ 518-263-4811
High Point Cross Country Ski Center
Looking for a different sort of snow adventure? Try cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at High Point Cross Country Ski Center. They have more than 15 km of trails, including flat trails fit for children, handicapped, or visually impaired skiers. They also have an 8 km trail designated for snowshoeing. They offer lessons for ages 5+. 1480 Rt 23 , Sussex, NJ. 973-702-1222
Family Ski Vacations at Pennsylvania Ski Mountains
The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) offers 4th and 5th grade Snowpass programs! Fill out the application today, and discover how you can ski and snowboard for free this winter with the Snowpass booklet! Click here for more information
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing with 23 Slopes & Trails, 2 Terrain Parks & Snow Tubing Park. Ski lessons for ages 3+. Offer morning, afternoon and full day kids lessons. Child Care facility is available for children 18 months and older while the parents are out on the slope.
I-80 Exit 309 339 Hollow Rd. Shawnee on Delaware, PA. 570-421-7231
Camelback Mountain Resort - Ski Resort with Year-Round Family Fun
31 trails of skiing and snowboarding fun plus great snow tubing with up to 20 lanes and 2 magic carpets. Offers CamelCare Adventurers, Kids 1/2 Day Programs, single session Learn To Packages, 1 1/2 hour group lessons, private lessons. Adaptive Program: Ski lessons for people with a wide range of disabilities. State-of-the-art equipment is provided, with the goal of making each lesson the best it can be.
Exit 45 I-80 One Camelback Rd. , Pocono Twp., PA. 570-629-1661.
Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Area
Jack Frost Big Boulder offers skiing, snow tubing, ski lessons. 21 different slopes to include: ski school learning slope, 4 Easiest (beginner slopes, 6 More Difficult (intermediate slopes), 8 Most Difficult (advanced slopes) and 2 Terrain Parks. There are 9 lifts: 1 quad, 2 triples, 6 doubles and 1 ski carpet (used for kids lessons only). Live Entertainments. Offer 3 hours kids lesson.
Big Boulder:1 South Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, PA . 570-443-8425. Jack Frost Mountain: 1 Jack Frost Mountain Rd, Blakeslee, PA. 570-443-8425.
Blue Mountain Ski Area - Skiing and snowboarding destination
Great mountain for little ones! Beginner lessons are held in a separate area. 39 trails (including 2 Glade Trails) and 21 crazy-long tubing lanes! Blue Learning Center is perfect for first time ski/snowboard students. New this season, first time ski/snowboarders will be treated to an open-ended daylong experience, plus expanded teaching terrains.
Rt 80 exit 304, 209S, Blue Mountain Dr. 610-826-7700.
New York Ski Mountains
ISKINY Free for Kids: The ISKINY Free for Kids Passport program is available to 3rd and 4th graders this year. Click here for more information.
Mount Peter Ski Area
Known as “The Friendly One” offers skiing and snowboarding. Offering FREE!!! Beginner Ski and Snowboard Lessons on weekends and holidays for first time skiers or boarders (age 5 and up). Tiny Tots Program introduce children (ages potty-trained to 4 years old) to the winter play ground in a relaxed, friendly, fun-filled atmosphere. Group lesson ages 5+.
40 Ski Lane, Warwick, NY. 845-986-4940.
Belleayre Mountain - New York's Winter Ski Park
Belleayre Mountain, NY’s winter snow park is well known for being a kids and family friendly ski mountain. Offers Ski and snowboard lessons and kids camp – Just For Kids Learning Zone. 55 trails, parks and glades, 8 lifts, including the new High Speed Quad. Offer kids lesson 4+. Kidscamp: A full-day instructional program for skiers ages 4 – 12 and snowboarders ages 7 -12.
181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY. 845-254-5600.
Windham Mountain Ski
A Family-Friendly Ski and Snowboard Resort in the Catskill Mountains. Offers skiing, snow tubing, and ice skating. 49 trails, four terrain parks, a jib park and a 1,600 feet vertical drop on two mountain peaks, there’s so much to experience. Terrain Parks for beginners (the wraparound mini park), intermediate (the warpath park) and experts (the warm up park). The Children's Learning Center offers lessons to children ages 3-7 years old, and anyone ages 8+ can choose from programs, private lessons and group lessons. Offer hourly, half day and full day lessons. Windham Mountain Adventure Park offers eight lanes of exhilarating snow tubing, ice skating, and a comfy lodge.
33 Clarence D. Lane Road , Windham, NY. 800-754-9463
Hunter Mountain - Catskills' Winter Destination
Families and beginners will enjoy the trails of Hunter One, each specially designated for learning and comfort while on the slopes! Intermediates have a nice choice of summit-to-base groomed cruisers, and experts can challenge their skills when making turns on an impressive variety of advanced trails including the slopes of Hunter West. Snow Tube: Up to 9 chutes, each nearly 1,000 feet long. Skil lessons: Single session and full day sessions. PlayCare: childcare services for ages 6 months to 6 years.
Route 23a & Route 32a, Palenville, NY.
Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center at Sterling Forest
Skiing, snowboarding, tubing.
581 NY-17A, Tuxedo Park, NY. 845.351.1122