Skiers And Snowshoers Fill Central Park For Annual Winter Jam

Winter Jam 2020
Photo credit NYC Parks Department

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The city’s 19th annual Winter Jam was held Saturday—an event in which people of all ages can practice winter sports in Central Park.

It’s not every day that New Yorkers can ski down a slope in the middle of Central Park, but for one day each year the city Parks Department makes it happen.

Jennifer Marrero got to learn how to ski with her five-year-old son Odin.

“Based on his experience today, I feel like he's going to do great and this is a good opportunity for us to just try it out and see if he would be able to handle it, and I think he can,” Marrero said.

And Odin was certainly enjoying the urban introduction to winter sports.

“I’m having fun,” he said.

Skiing, snowshoeing and curling on wheels were just some of the activities at Rumsey Playfield on Saturday. Other activities included bowling, puppet-making and an ice sculpture garden.

Scott Brandi with Ski New York was running the free ski lessons.

“Humans weren’t meant to hibernate, so get out and ski and have fun and enjoy,” he said.