BigSnowlift Olympic champions Donna Weinbrecht; Red Gerrard; Kelly Clark and Lindsey Vonn open Big Snow America in New Jersey.

Bruce Springsteen gave New Jersey his “Tunnel of Love.” More than three decades later, American Dream gave the state a tunnel of snow.

Big SNOW at American Dream, the steel neck craning out of the new Meadowlands mega-mall and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, opened Thursday. Billed as North America’s first indoor, real-snow ski and snowboard center, the slope opened to hundreds of skiers and snowboarders, joined by Olympic champions Kelly Clark, Red Gerard, Donna Weinbrecht and Lindsey Vonn, a new New Jersey resident.

Weinbrecht, a West Milford native and 1992 gold medalist, said she has been excited about getting onto the slope for years. Having never skied indoors, the 54-year-old said it was a wild thought that she could have an Alpine experience in mid-summer.

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