Nick Z Productions

Nick Z comes from a long line of Gore skiers. And he’s the CEO of Nick Z Productions which is quickly becoming a dominant force in the northern New Jersey home snowmaking market.

What follows is the story of a man with a vision.

This year the New Jersey home snowmaking season extended ten weeks, from mid-December through March. Nick worked hard to put out the best product in the neighborhood.

Snowmaking

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Hopewell, NJ: 2/6/10

I was laying in bed this morning, thinking that the whole Harvey Road staff, except me, was out rockin’ the hills. Jamesdeluxe at Jay Peak, Jason at Belleayre and PDQ out in Utah, roaming the Wasatch. While it DUMPED here – 15 inches overnight – all my gear was in the Adirondacks at NYSB HQ.

Or was it? I’ve got an totally beat pair of XCDGTs, some incredibly long Leki poles, and a pair of ancient Merrill Doubles, I once used on a hut trip in Colorado.

Conditions were powder, with a base of asphalt and frozen suburbia. Down the road, across Main Street, over into the green space that surrounds town. Hopewell is actually pretty cool. It’s got a circle of permanently preserved land all around it, which is a rarity in downtown NJ.

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Road Riding in Flatlands, NJ

Northwestern NJ is a great place to live if you like bike riding. There is easy access to great untrafficked roads, both paved and unpaved. The area to the north of town is almost rural. And there’s a surprisingly wide variety of mountain biking, both recreational and technical.

The area is prized by riders of all types. On weekends from April until November, if you are riding in the Sourlands, you’ll see packs of cycling clubs both official and informal, accessing the variety of routes in this part of the state. There are a ton of maps and resources for choosing routes. If you’re from the area, and know it like I do…you just head out and put something together.

For me, today is the official end of weekday riding. With the return of Eastern Standard Time, there is no easy way to get a ride in on a work day. If I was truly motivated I could do a ride in the morning before work. But even with a 5 minute commute…I just don’t seem to get to it.

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