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High Point Ski Area: A Visitors Guide

High Point Ski Area

The High Point Ski Area is the most equipped and best groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe areas in NJ, and one of the few with equipment rentals.

High Point XC Ski Center
1480, Rt. 23
Sussex, NJ  07461

Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday 9am – 4pm
Wednesday 9am – 8pm (New! Night Skiing)
Thursday & Friday 9am – 4pm
Weekends and Holidays 8am – 4pm

The High Point ski season runs from December 1st to end of March, depending on weather and snow conditions. Call ahead for snow conditions and operation.

This is a great area for beginners and intermediates, and for experienced cross country skiers who enjoy a scenic setting. High Point is an ideal place for newcomers to the sport who want to learn from experienced instructors and to get to experience the joy of cross-country skiing,

For those without equipment, they have cross country ski and snowshoe half day and full day rentals, priced at a reasonable rate. They also offer group and private lesson for children five years and older, adults, and seniors.

The trails are groomed with a Prinoth T2 groomer, the same machine used in the '94 Lillehammer Winter Olympics and a Skidoo Scandic wide track snowmobile pulling a roller or track setter.

Their snow making equipment covers three loops. At over 1600 feet in elevation, High Point gets the most natural snow of all the areas in Northern NJ and the NYC Metropolitan area.

If they receive a large snowfall it generally takes a day or two to get the grooming done. Check their web site for current trail conditions --- it's updated every day.

For skiers and snow shoer's who want to venture out and take in the the scenic views of High Point Park, take the Monument Trail on snowshoes or the Scenic View Trail (for more experienced skiers) to get an awesome view of all three states, NJ, PA, and NY,

At the end of a day of skiing, relax by the warm fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate from the cafeteria.

Parking next to the lodge is for 80 cars, and overflow is in the old lot for an additional 160 cars.

In 2020, they have increased lodge space to provide for a safer environment during check in for trail passes, rental equipment, or lessons.

They ask all skiers to limit their stay in the lodge on weekends and holidays to 30 minutes or less. Bring a backpack to store your footwear while renting equipment to save a trip back to the car for storage and to enjoy snacks while on the trails

Trail Ticket Rates

Nearby Overnight Lodging

The Appalachian & Black Creek Sanctuary
Vernon, NJ
A luxury hotel and vacation condo rental for visitors to Mountain Creek and the surrounding area. Offers slope side accommodations right at the base of Vernon Peak. The Appalachian offers spacious studio, one and two bedroom units complete with kitchens, working fireplaces and mountainside views. The Vernon Valley area offers good dining options, 12 golf courses, antiquing, wineries, horseback riding, apple orchards, quaint shops, stunning state parks, the Space Farms zoo, hiking and of course, world-class snowboarding, skiing and snow tubing in the winter at Mountain Creek. Ideal for a family getaway or romantic weekend.

Alpine Haus
Alpine Haus
Vernon, NJ
The covered porch offers a seasonal view of Vernon Valley and the Pochuck Mountains. Reserve one of the romantic suites with a stone gas fireplace and a two person Jacuzzi tub.

Grand Cascades Lodge
Hamburg, NJ
A luxury hotel in located in the Crystal Springs Resort with amenities that include indoor & outdoor heated pools, mineral spa, and a fitness center. The interior features elegant wooden beams, natural stonework, and forest-green colors that blend in with the surrounding mountains and forested surroundings. During the colder months, reserve one of the rooms with a gas fireplace.