winterjamIf you haven’t made it to the ski slopes this year, you can head to the wilds of the Brooklyn for the 5th annual Winter Jam NYC, Saturday, February 5, 11am – 4pm. This event, usually held in Central Park, is in Prospect Park this year, and in Brooklyn, we know this is the superior park.

But seriously, although Brooklyn has gained quite a reputation as a hipster paradise, a family-friendly borough and a destination in its own right, some provincial New Yorkers still whine when you ask them to cross a bridge.

This event, though, could change their minds. In previous years, the Jam has used artificial snow to produce a thin carpet for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. But thanks to changes in weather patterns, New York has been slammed with several FEET of snow this year and the park has a base layer that should make the free activities more fun.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority
has cross-country skis or snowshoes you can borrow, free, from 11am – 3 pm. Mountain Creek has downhill skis and snowboards and is offering free lessons in a “Learn To” Area.

There is also sledding, snow sculpture building and free food samples at the Pride of New York Winter Market.

Those with a competitive edge can show off tricks at the Red Bull Butter Cup. Preregistration is full, but if you show up at 11:30, you might get a chance.

It’s all in The Nethermead in Prospect Park.