Part 1 of the Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) 2023 Winter Games took place in Galloway Township January 6-8. It was the first time the Winter Games were held in three years, having been canceled in 2021 and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part 2 of the winter sports season continued in northern New Jersey February 6-7 for the annual 2023 Winter Games. Athletes gathered at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon and competed in Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding while Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing took place nearby at the National Winter Activity Center.

The official kick-off to Winter Games up north took place Monday evening at Mountain Creek which included an epic torch lighting ceremony, fireworks, and of course – a dance party!

2023 Winter Games Opening Ceremony at Mountain Creek Vernon, NJ.

2023 Winter Games Opening Ceremony athlete dance party at Mountain Creek Vernon, NJ.

On February 7, Speed Skaters competed at Skylands Ice World in Stockholm, NJ and on February 12 Figure Skating athletes at Codey Arena in West Orange, NJ.

2023 Winter Games Skylands Ice World in Stockholm, NJ.

Special thanks to all of the coaches, volunteers, family and friends who helped make this event yet another great success after a long hiatus!

Full Competition Results

Winter Games Photos


We had a great time at our 2023 Winter Games Opening Ceremony! Thank you @mountain_creek for having us! #sonj #specialolympics #inclusion #wintersports #ski #snow #fun

♬ Funk It Up – Official Sound Studio

One comment on “2023 Winter Games: Winter Sports Recap”

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    Karen Byrne on February 24, 2023

    I hope 2 go to the 2025 world Winter games 4 xcounrty skiing
    Are they going 2 send anyone from NJ?

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