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Slopes are Recession Proof

By Linda Tancs

According to the National Ski Areas Association, the 2008/2009 season is the fourth best on record despite an agonizing recession.  That might not seem all that surprising to enthusiasts in ski-heavy areas like California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming–well, you get the idea.  But look east to New Jersey and you’ll find a welcome uptick, quite an accomplishment for a state facing one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.  And with fresh snow from this weekend’s blizzard-like weather event, things are bound to look rosier.  So before you head west for skiing’s traditional mecca, maybe you should try out one of New Jersey’s signature resorts–Hidden Valley, Campgaw Mountain or Mountain Creek.  Hidden Valley Club resort is open to the public this season, but thereafter an uncrowded atmosphere will be assured on weekends with private membership.  At Campgaw, the whole family can partake in skiing, snowboarding or tubing.   Speaking of snowboarding, tomorrow is Go Snowboarding Day at Mountain Creek, which means you get a free lesson, lift ticket and rental.  The West may have Big Sky, but New Jersey has the Best Deal.

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