The Big SNOW American Dream indoor ski area in New Jersey will remain closed until at least October 31st after a fire broke out in the ski area in the early hours of Saturday, September 25th, before spreading to the rest of the mall. Firefighters from multiple departments quickly extinguished the blaze, and the mall reopened the same day.
Thank you for your continued support and patience following the fire that occurred last Saturday. We are happy to report that thanks to the quick and expert response of the Meadowlands Fire Department, with the assistance of local fire departments, the damage was contained to only a small area of the snow dome, and because of the hard work of our maintenance team, the building has been able to keep temperature throughout this incident minimizing our snowpack loss.
We have now begun the steps to move towards reopening, which includes: cleaning, repairing, replacing, and re-inspecting those items affected by the fire. To allow this work to happen, we will need to extend our closure several more weeks and will be refunding all pre-purchased visits through October 31st as a precaution. If you previously had an admission purchased for this timeframe, your refund will be processed automatically and there is no need to contact us unless you have further issues or questions.
We will continue to update our community on an official date when we can welcome you back to Big SNOW. Thank you again for your overwhelming love, patience, and support.
Big SNOW opened in December 2019 and offers four acres of indoor slopes, four surface and aerial lifts with a 160-foot vertical drop, covered by 5,500 tons of real snow that is kept cold by heavy-duty chillers maintaining a 28ºF temperature year-round. They released a statement on their social media:
Thank you for the outpouring of concern and encouragement this morning in regards to the fire we experienced overnight. We are grateful to report that there were no injuries as the incident occurred outside of our normal hours of operation.
We can promise you that Big SNOW will be back and better than ever, just as soon as we can safely do so. At this point, we are uncertain of how long that will take. Unfortunately, we will be closed at least through October 2nd as we assess the total damage and repairs needed to re-open. Please keep your eyes out for further announcements on our expected re-opening via our website, social media channels and emails.
For any guests who booked for visits during this time period, we will automatically refund your purchases and there is no need to contact us. Refunds can take up to 3-5 business days to post.
Big SNOW is located in the Mega Mall known as American Dream, the second-largest mall in the United States. BigSNOW is one of several attractions that the mall features with others such as Nickelodeon Universe, Dream Works Water Park, Legoland, Sea Life, along with a large selection of specialty shops and restaurants for people to check out. The whole facility could be classified as a destination spot because you could make an entire weekend trip to check everything the mall offers.