We are closed today for skiing and snowshoeing. As you can see in the photo above we still have a fairly good coverage of snow, but it's not enough to groom. There are a few bare spots created by the sun and wind. Ski service and an opportunity to purchase new and used ski equipment will be available after we open back up. (Please email <email@example.com> for more details.)
7:00 am Friday, 23 February, 2024:
Most of our grooming is done with a four wheeler with tracks and and a drag behind unit with two track setters, a scarifier to break up hard packed snow, and two blade units to push snow to the center of the drag. When we have enough snow on the multiple ground surfaces of asphalt, gravel, wood chips, and grass we can take our large snow groomer out to till any snow surface, pack for better skating, cover sun or wind damaged trail sections etc. Timing of grooming takes many variables into consideration like temperature, wind, sun exposure, new snow, old snow, ice, amount of traffic, freezing rain, etc. You can refer to the two most used terms of grooming categories as "machine groomed" with a snowcat or "scooter/4-wheeler groomed". Usually 12"+ of snow is needed to do the "machine grooming" and 6"+ is needed to use the lighter "4-wheeler grooming". Density of new powder snow verses old granular "corn" snow also comes into play. It will be a while before we offer an app to our customers with the current GPS grooming conditions, suggested trail options, waxing recommendations, classic/skate groomed trails, temperatures, weather forecast, distance covered by snow making, etc. For now our website is it, or visit Oslo, Norway where they have it all.
We have overstock of new ski equipment and offer 20% off and demo ski equipment for sale at 30% off. There is a mix of basic touring equipment with fish scale and skins in the grip zone, waxable basic touring, both classic and skate equipment for citizen racers, and miscellaneous back country gear.
Keep in mind usually your local weather may be warmer with no snow on the ground. High Point temperatures at higher elevations are 10 F colder than i.e. New York City, and 5 F colder than the local towns. Click on the Rutgers' weather station link above and below to see current temperatures right by the highest point in New Jersey.
We cannot take reservations for our services in the State park. All our services are "first come first serve" in the ski lodge. All credit cards are accepted with the transaction fee of 3.99% charged to the customer. The parking lot closest to the lodge is for 80 cars, and parking for handicapped skiers ONLY is right outside the lodge. You may opt to drop off before going to the overflow parking in the lot by the old ski lodge with room for an additional 160 cars. A good idea is to ski during the week, or on Wednesday nights if you dislike weekend crowds.
The operation is now based out of the new ski lodge, (Interpretive/Nature Center). Park and walk up the driveway to the lodge for trail passes, rentals, lessons, cafeteria, resale and ski services. Operational floor space has quadrupled compared to the old ski lodge we used for the first 29 years since 1995. Please read all signs and follow directions. Bring backpacks to enjoy snacks and drinks while on the trails.
Season passes are good from last season due to lack of snow, and we will always honor those passes if the previous season falls short of 30 days of operation. We were open for 46 days and 31 days two and three seasons ago on natural snow). With new snowmaking we count on increasing our days of operation during winters to come. We will be open for night skiing on Wednesdays again, and would be interested in working with local teams to host a night ski race. Bring your headlamp or rent one in the lodge. Ski packages with NNN or Prolink are for sale including skis, bindings, boots, and poles. Email us with interest in purchases of ski equipment: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. It's a mix of Whitewoods, Salomon, Fischer, Madshus, and Swix equipment.
Thank you for making High Point Cross Country Ski Center your ski destination, and feel free to share any of your favorite photos by emailing <email@example.com>. Best, Hans
Weather Stations & SnoCams (Click on the links below)
High Point Monument (1803' elevation weather station)
Ski Lodge (SnoCam temporarily down waiting for new phone lines)