Big news for skiing and snowboarding fans: Big Snow American Dream is back! After months of being shut down due to the pandemic, the mega indoor ski and snowboard park will reopen on September 1 with new safety rules in place.
The 180,000 square-foot climate-controlled indoor snow park at the American Dream in East Rutherford boasts four skiable acres packed with real snow all year long. In preparation for its reopening, operators of the snow park are putting a host of safety rules in place.
All Big Snow employees have taken part in health and safety training and will undergo daily health screenings and temperature checks before entering the park. Face-to-face interactions within the park are being limited, with advance online ticket purchase required for visits along with contactless scanning for arrival and entry in and out of the snow dome. Face coverings are required for all visitors and employees, with gloves required for all guests entering the snow.
“Skiing and snowboarding are great naturally socially distant recreation activities, and we are all very excited to be able to open Big Snow for our guests again,” said Hugh Reynolds, vice president of marketing and sales, Snow Operating. “Our team has been working very hard these past few months to reinvent what the Big Snow experience will look like in today’s COVID world. I’m confident that our guests will see and feel the results of that work when they visit us, and we’re looking forward to sharing the experience with them.”
All high-touchpoint areas inside the park including counters, handrails, restrooms, seating areas and rental equipment will be regularly cleaned and sanitized. Big Snow operators are asking visitors to limit the number of surfaces touched during their visit and to use hand sanitizer stations throughout the park. Groups on chair lifts will be limited to only those in their party. Anyone who is feeling sick, or has family members who have been sick, should, of course, stay home.
The indoor snow park opened last December after more than 15 years of anticipation over the opening of American Dream. The park had only been open for a little more than three months when the pandemic forced its closure in March.
Big Snow is the first indoor snow park of its kind in the US and Canada and boasts 4 acres of snow-covered ski slopes, a 160-foot vertical drop, a graduated degree of pitch ranging from 0 percent at the base to 26 percent at its steepest point and 1,000 feet of length for skiers of all ages and skill levels. We got to visit when it first opened in December. You can read about its attractions in our opening week review.
Single snow day packages are $69.99 with an option to add 2 more hours for $20. Spectator tickets for observation only are $14.99 and 3-day packages valid for 3 anytime use all-inclusive snow days are $109.98. For more info about packages and to reserve tickets in advance, go to bigsnow.com.