by Katherine Fischer
With January already here, the coldest parts of the winter are upon us. But do not fear— with the bad comes the good, and cold weather can only mean one thing: skiing.
If you’re just looking to hit the slopes for one day, Mountain Creek is a great choice, located about an hour away. With two peaks, this mountain contains trails for skiers of all levels.
Currently, there are 26 trails and 6 lifts open at Mountain Creek. South Peak is specifically designed for freestyle skiing, with a surplus of terrain parks. The South Lodge at the base, with its indoor skateboard park, is perfect for non-skiers. Tickets are priced $50 for juniors.
If you want to make a day trip and are willing to drive an extra hour or so for better snow, Hunter Mountain is an option. About two hours away, this mountain is chock-full of good trails. Hunter Mountain is known for its terrain park and constant grooming. Lift tickets for young adults are $44 a day.
Jay Peak, an up-and-coming ski resort in Vermont right next to the Canadian border, is considered a real skier’s mountain. With plenty of snow, skiers do not face the typical icy slopes of the east, but instead encounter fresh powder regularly. Jay Peak is approximately six hours from Westfield, but is definitely worth the drive. Tickets are about $55 dollars for junior skiers.
Other ski opportunities
With a snowy season ahead of us, be sure to ski at some point this winter. A ski program, run by Social Studies Teacher Mr. Adam Pizzi and English Teacher Mr. Steven Cohn, is having a few trips this winter. You can also sign up for trips run by the YMCA, which visit nearby mountains.
According to weatherchannel.com the forecast for this weekend includes rain in New Jersey, but may result in snow in the northern areas.