The Princeton area has gotten hit by many snow storms so early in the season, and even though we had a spell of warm weather, winter isn’t over yet. You can’t stop Mother Nature, so instead of complaining about the snow, why not embrace it? Bundle up and venture out to take advantage of all the winter fun found in and around Princeton.
- Downhill and cross-country skiing, along with snow boarding are de rigueur winter sports. If you’re not in the mood to drive or fly up to Vermont, why not stay local and head over to the Poconos for some snow-filled thrills? Check out Jack Frost – Big Boulder, Camelback Mountain Resort, and Blue Mountain for skiing and boarding fun.
- Dogsledding is an exciting adventure, but you don’t have to go all the way to Alaska to enjoy it. The fun can be had less than two hours away with Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours.
- Sledding is every kid’s winter rite of passage. One of the best hills in Princeton to go sledding on is at Springdale Golf Course.
- Sometimes sledding just doesn’t cut it. Get the ultimate downhill sensation you need by snow tubing at Camelback Mountain Resort, Blue Mountain, Jack Frost – Big Boulder, or Shawnee Mountain.
- Do you need adrenaline rushing excitement? Then snowmobiling is calling you. The vehicles can be obtained at Pocono Snowmobile Rentals.
- In areas where they get 6-8″ of snow, you can go snowshoeing. Buy a pair and walk around one of the many Princeton parks, or get closer to the mountains where they’re more likely to get more snow.
- Ice skating is a classic winter sport. When given the thumbs up, you can skate on Lake Carnegie, which is reminiscent of a Currier & Ives painting. If you prefer indoor skating, Ice Land or ProSkate Ice Area is the place to be.
- Hard core anglers can go ice fishing in the winter. Nearby locations are at the Spruce Run Recreation Area in Hunterdon County, Budd Lake in Morris County, and White Lake, Delaware Lake (Columbia WMA), and Deer Park Pond in Warren County. Bundle up, otherwise the only bite you’ll get is frostbite.
- If you’re not a cold weather warrior, consider heading over to the Nassau Inn, and have a drink in front of the roaring fireplace in a cozy atmosphere. If you have your children in tow, consider going to the Princeton Public Library and sit in front of the fireplace reading a book, newspaper or magazine while the kids keep themselves busy with a story time or some other activity.