Enjoy the Weekend! How about Some Skiing and the Fresh Outdoors!  Did you know that January is Learn to Ski / Snowboard month at many of the local ski resorts? While there may be no snow in your backyard, there's plenty at these ski resorts. Many are offering special deals all month long. Go check it out. NJ Kids has gathered a bunch of ski, snowboard and snow tube places that are family friendly. Many of these ski areas offer Terrain Parks and snow tubing fun plus many family events and festivals that make it well worth the trip.  

Here's a quick list of some of the Family Friendly Ski / Snowboard Mountains and Resorts that are family favorites: 

Camelback Mountain Resort, Exit 45 I-80, One Camelback Rd, Tannersville, PA, 570-629-1661, skicamelback.com.  31 trails of skiing and snowboarding fun plus great snow tubing with up to 20 lanes and 2 magic carpets. CamelCare Center: non-skiing child care for children ages 1 to 6 years.  50% off everyday after 3pm plus 50% off midweek and 25% off weekends. January is ski and learn month (for $29 per package of lesson, lift and rental). Visit the new Graffiti Park at CBK Terrain. Hours: M-Th 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 8:30am-10pm, Sun 8:30am-9pm.

Hidden Valley Club For Families,  44 Breakneck Rd, Vernon, 973-764-4200, thehiddenvalleyclub.com. Offering skiing & snowboarding in a family friendly environment with an emphasis on fun and learning.  Perhaps the most accommodating and “kid-friendly” destination to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, whether you ski together or let the kids ski while you relax and unwind. All trails lead to the same base area.  Skiing at Hidden Valley is like having your own ski resort.  Skiing terrain and lessons and programs for everyone, at every ability level.  Feb 12: Scout Day.  Hours: M-Th 1-9pm (non-holidays), Fri-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Check online for holiday hours.

Blue Mountain Ski Area, Rt 80 exit 304, 209S, Blue Mountain Dr. 610-826-7700.  Great mountain for little ones!  Beginner lessons are held in a separate area.   26 trails, 10 lifts and tubing fun!  Enjoy 50% off the First Time Lesson Package every Sunday in January! Includes a Ski or Board Rental, the 1st-Time Lesson & a Lift Ticket to the 3 School Hills.  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. Monday to Friday 8:30AM-10PM and Sat/Sun/Holidays 8AM-10PM. Ski, Stay and Eat available.

Campgaw Mountain offers Skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing,   Great friendly mountain for the little ones.  Lessons for age 3+.  Daily lessons and Campgaw’s Children’s Academy offers a 3 week program (Campgaw Cruisers (Skiers) & Little Rippers (Snowboarders) Program) for ages 4-6. Also offering skiing and snowboarding lessons to individuals with Developmental Delays & Visual Impairments.  Non Holiday Hours: 2pm-8pm, Fri 1pm-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm.  200 Campgaw Rd. , Mahwah, NJ.  201-327-7800.  Skicampgaw.com

Mountain Creek offers skiing, snow tubing, and snow boarding and awesome terrain park.  Mountain Creek is home to the region's only true All-Mountain Terrain Park at Mountain Creek South.  South boasts 18 dedicated park trails, 2 high-speed quad lifts, and more than 80 features.  Group lessons ages 7+.   Kids Kamp age 5-6.  Special events include Magic Night , Twisted Kids Fun Session, Girls Only Shred Sessions, Amateur Snowboard Contests- Check website for special event schedules.  Non Holiday Hours: M-Th: 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-10pm, Sun: 9am-9pm. 200 Rte. 94, Vernon, NJ  518-263-4811

High Point Cross Country Ski Center offers skiing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.  Explore more than 15 km of trails skate and classic skiing, including 60% beginner, 15% intermediate, and 25% expert trails. Offering flat trails better fit for children, handicapped, or visually impaired skiers. Another 8 km trail is designated for snowshoeing passing the highest point in NJ. Over 1600 feet in elevation guarantees that High Point is the snowiest spot in the metropolitan area. It's "New England", nearby! Discover an alpine hollow of lakes, trees, wildlife, and sweeping vistas. Lessons for ages 5+. Jan. 16-22 Take Your Kids To The Snow Week.  Feb. 5 Ski Fest:  FREE learn-to-ski lessons given on top-of-hour, music with JoJo Russel - comedian, singer, and karaoke mixer, special foods, and FREE guided xc ski tours.  Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun, holidays 8am-4pm (High Point State Park 8am-4:30pm)  1480 Rt 23 Sussex, NJ.  973-702-1222.  xcskihighpoint.com.

Mount Peter, 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 too. Winter Carnival February 25th.  40 Ski Lane, Warwick, NY.  845-986-4940. 

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.  269 skiable acres, 49 trails and 10 lifts, including our new High Speed Quad, plus a huge terrain park, 2 progression parks, mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert bumps and extensive glade skiing. Jan 21: Kids’ Winter Carnival & Torchlight Parade.  Jan 23: Winter Festival Week. Hours:  Daily 7am-5pm, lifts open 9am-4pm. 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY.  845-254-5600.

Windham Mountain is a family-friendly ski area, offers skiing, snow tubing, and ice skating. 369 ski-able acres. Terrain Parks for beginners (the wraparound mini park), intermediate (the warpath park) and experts (the warm up park). The Children’s Learning offers classes for children 4-12 years and also available while parents enjoy a day of skiing.  Windham Mountain Adventure Park offers eight lanes of exhilarating snow tubing, ice skating, and a comfy lodge.  Kids Snowmobile Park: New Arctic Cat snowmobiles just for kid!  Feb 25-26: Bavarian Fest: Authentic German music and wardrobe, Windham Mountain will be transformed into over very own Oktoberfest. Hours:  Mon-Thur: 9am-4pm, Holidays and weekends: 8am-4pm.  33 Clarence D. Lane Road , Windham, NY.  800-754-9463.  www.windhammountain.com. 

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+. Children 46” tall & under FREE with paying adult.  Childcare facility available.  January Learn to Ski and Snowboard month; special deals! Take Your Daughter/Son to the Snow Week Your Daughter or Son February 6-10: age 18 and under receive a FREE Lift Ticket when parent purchases a full price Adult Ticket.  Shawnee Winter Carnival Day February 26. Hours: Mon-Thur: 9am-9pm, Fri: 9am-10pm, Sat: 8am-10pm, Sun: 8am-9pm.  I-80 Exit 309 339 Hollow Rd. Shawnee on Delaware, PA.  570-421-7231

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). January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month!   2 Terrain Parks, Hours: M-F 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.   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.