The New Yorker’s Guide to Skiing & Snowboarding

Let’s face it. Winters in Manhattan can be a miserably frigid experience. Why not take advantage of the only redeeming quality of winter (snow) and enjoy a weekend of skiing or snowboarding? Fortunately for us, there are many winter resorts nearby, which we have featured below.

And in traditional oM style, all of these mountains are accessible to you without a car. Next time you take a reluctant step into the cold and rainy streets, remember that it could be snowing at your favorite local mountain. Get out there and hit the slopes!

New York

Windham Mountain | Windham, NY | 800.SKI.WIND | windhammountain.com
This slope gives skiers the opportunity to ride as late as 9pm, or slide down a snow tube with your screaming family and friends at Adventure Park, which includes a new skating center, bungee trampoline, and rock climbing wall. If you’re here to settle in for a romantic getaway, rent a condo for as little as $133/night. Relax with the cozy comforts of home–free shuttle to the slopes included.

  1. Island Ski Tours
    Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, starting December 8th, 2007
    Transportation: 6:00am departure from 42nd Street between Lexington & Vanderbilt (Front of Grand Hyatt Hotel) – Also has pickups in Queens, Long Island, and NJ (see website).
    Price: Wednesday & Friday $60, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays $70
    Includes: Transportation on lavatory, video-equipped motor coach, tour escort, and all day lift pass. Info: Visit Island Ski Tours. Must reserve ahead, call 631.209.0369.
  2. Emilio’s Ski Shop
    Days: Generally Saturdays and Wednesdays – check schedule at link below.
    Transportation: 6:30am departure from NY Pipe Dreams, 1623 York Ave, (between 85th and 86th), leaves mountain at 4:15pm
    Price: $60-$75
    Includes: Transportation on lavatory and video-equipped motor coach and all day lift pass
    Info: Visit Emilio’s Ski Shop, call 212.535.7473 or reserve online.

Thunder Ridge | Patterson, NY | 845.878.4100 | thunderridgeski.com
Only 75 minutes from Manhattan, this mellow family mountain has 30 trails, 3 chairs, a T-bar, handtow, magic carpet, and a day ski school for new “slopesters.” If there hasn’t been enough fallen snow by the time that ski itch begins, Thunder Ridge will create soft powder from their fan snow cannons enough to cover over 100 acres. Ski on!

  1. Thunder Ridge Ski Train
    Days: Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
    Transportation: Take the Metro-North Ski Train from Grand Central Station to the Patterson, New York Train Station. The Ski Train shuttle meets three morning trains and provides FREE transportation to the ski area.
    Price: From Grand Central or 125th Street: Adults, $44; Seniors, $28; Children 12 yrs., $32; Children 6-11, $14.50; Children 5 yrs., $1.50; Children under 5, FREE. Buy this specially discounted package through Metro-North and also receive a $5 discount on rental equipment. Order tickets online with Webticket (see link below) for an additional 5% off.
    Includes: Discount round-trip rail fare, all-day / all-night lift ticket (night skiing not available on Sundays); shuttle to / from the train station to the ski area.
    Info: For transportation package details call 212.532.4900, or visit the MTA Metro-North. Tickets can be purchased at Grand Central Terminal, all Metro-North ticket offices, full-service ticket machines, or online through Webticket.

Belleayre Mountain | Highmount, NY | 800.942.6904 | belleayre.com
This mountain boasts 47 trails, terrain parks, glades and 8 lifts, including a new high speed quad. There are a variety of pass options to choose from, ranging from mid-week to student pricing. Have a nice trip to the “Forever Wild” slopes.

  1. Adirondack Trailways Ski Bus
    Days: Friday through Monday
    Transportation: 7am departure from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal arrives at the mountain at about 10:15am. Return trip departs the mountain at 4:15pm and arrives back at the terminal at about 7:40pm
    Price: $68
    Includes: Transportation on coach bus and all day lift pass.
    Info: Visit Adirondack Trailways, call 800.776.7548.
  2. Emilio’s Ski Shop
    Days: Most holidays, some Fridays, starting December 24 – check schedule at link below.
    Transportation: 6:30am departure from NY Pipe Dreams, 1623 York Ave, (between 85th and 86th), leaves mountain at 4:15pm
    Price: $50-120
    Includes: Transportation on lavatory and video-equipped motor coach and all day lift pass.
    Info: Visit Emilio’s Ski Shop, call 212.535.7473 or reserve online.

Hunter Mountain | Hunter, NY | 800.HUNTERMTN | huntermtn.com
With three separate mountains, Hunter is the premier Catskills destination, providing multiple trails for a range of experienced riders and skiers. Head to the Atrium Bar for spectacular views and drinks after a day of downhill carving. To loosen up those muscles even more, visit the luxury spa for a variety of soothing natural treatments.

  1. Emilio’s Ski Shop
    Days: Generally Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, starting December 2nd – check schedule at link below.
    Transportation: 6:30am departure from NY Pipe Dreams, 1623 York Ave, (between 85th and 86th)
    Price: $60-$75
    Includes: Transportation on lavatory and video-equipped motor coach and all day lift pass
    Info: Visit Emilio’s Ski Shop, call 212.535.7473 or reserve online.

New Jersey

Mountain Creek | Vernon Valley, NJ | 973.827.2000 | mountaincreek.com
For Manhattanites who don’t want to stray too far this winter season, head to Vernon Valley, New Jersey and take advantage of the Ski & Stay Package  starting now through March 16th. Check out the Hex2 Bar and Moguls at the Vernon base, stretch before you hit the slopes every Sunday for Yoga at the Appalachian. In the words of the Creek wise, “WAAAHHHOOOOO – IT’S WINTER TIME!!!!”

  1. NJ Transit, Special extension of Bus Route No. 194
    Days: Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, and between December 26 and January 1)
    Transportation: 7:30am departure from Gate 233 at Port Authority Bus Terminal, stop at Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride at 8:00am and reach Mountain Creek at 9:12am. The return trip will depart Mountain Creek at 4:30pm, stop at Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride at approximately 5:40pm and arrive back at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 6:12pm.
    Price: Round-trip bus fare from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Mountain Creek is $18.50 for adults, and $8.50 for children (ages 5 – 11), senior citizens, and passengers with disabilities. Purchase round-trip bus tickets prior to boarding the bus at ticket windows 1-10 and Ticket Vending Machines on the main level. Previous years have given a $10 discount on lift tickets when showing your bus ticket at the mountain admission office (check for availability).
    Info: Visit Mountain Creek, call 973.827.2000.

Vermont

Mt. Snow | West Dover, VT | 800.245.SNOW | mountsnow.com
One of only three Vermont ski areas on U.S. Forest Service land – and one of a handful that boasts sustainable slopes – there’s a reason why many people (including one of our very own editors) first learn to ski here. Whether you want jumps, forest trails, an easy straight course, superpipes, or night time shredding in the mini rail park, this mountain has enough ski packages, activities, and leisure options to keep you here for a month. Which reminds us to let you know about this last-minute deal: Buy two nights at the Grand Summit Hotel today, get the third night free. Check out their website for other get-’em-while-you-can super steals.

  1. Emilio’s Ski Shop
    Days: Generally Sundays, starting November 25th – check schedule at link below.
    Transportation: 4:30am departure from NY Pipe Dreams, 1623 York Ave, (between 85th and 86th), leaves mountain at 4:15pm
    Price: $75-$100
    Includes: transportation on lavatory and video-equipped motor coach and all day lift pass
    Info: Visit Emilio’s Ski Shop, call 212-535-7473 or reserve online.

Stratton | Stratton Mountain, VT | 800.787.2886 | stratton.com
Another environmentally conscious mountain, Stratton is powered by 100% renewable energy. It features 583 acres of terrain, 6 parks, and 13 lifts including four high-speed, six passenger lifts and a 12-passenger summit gondola. When your ski or snow boots are drying at the door, and you’ve still got that active revved-up spirit, kick up your blades and go skating, or snow tubing, sign up for a free tour of Stratton Mountain, take a spin on the snowmobiles or a Friesian-drawn carriage ride. Instead of Top of the Rock, try Top of Southern Vermont.

  1. Emilio’s Ski Shop
    Days: Generally Saturdays, starting December 1st – check schedule at link below.
    Transportation: 4:30am departure from NY Pipe Dreams, 1623 York Ave, (between 85th and 86th), leaves mountain at 4:15pm
    Price: $75-$100
    Includes: Transportation on lavatory and video-equipped motor coach and all day lift pass
    Info: Visit Emilio’s Ski Shop, call 212.535.7473 or reserve online.

Okemo | Ludlow, VT | 800.78.OKEMO | okemo.com
Okemo has 117 slopes, trails and glades, 2 pipes, 6 parks. Annual snow fall: 200 inches. Summit Elevation: 3,344 feet. Longest trail: 4.5 miles (Mountain Road). Five Mountain Areas: Jackson Gore Peak, Solitude Peak, South Face, Glades Peak, South Ridge. This mountain has the biggest vertical drop in Southern Vermont: 2,200 feet. Enjoy, you daredevils.

  1. Emilio’s Ski Shop
    Days: Generally Saturdays, starting November 17th – check schedule at link below.
    Transportation: 4:30am departure from NY Pipe Dreams, 1623 York Ave, (between 85th and 86th), leaves mountain at 4:15pm
    Price: $75-$100
    Includes: Transportation on lavatory and video-equipped motor coach and all day lift pass
    Info: Visit Emilio’s Ski Shop, call 212.535.7473 or reserve online

Photos: Courtesy of respective ski resorts and Jérôme S.

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  • Christine

    Thanks for this comprehensive ski guide! I’m planning a family vacation now (a little late) and had no idea how convenient it was to get to the slopes from the city. Love the site!

  • Hey, nice tips. I’ll buy a bottle of beer to that person from that chat who told me to visit your blog 🙂

  • clayton

    Hey

    i live in manhattan and wondering whats the closest place to rent and go snowmobiling this weekend.

    hope you can help

    thanks

    clayton

  • Hi Clayton,

    My best advice would be to visit http://www.snowmobileny.com. It’s a resource that lists where to rent snowmobiles, as well as snowmobile trails in New York State.

    Hope that helps!

    Caitlin

  • Laxa

    I just moved to NYC, and this ski guide just made my winter season:)
    Also, I would like to take my girlfriend to somewere in Vermont for New Years Eve, do You have any recomandation where can we ski and celbrate that night?
    Snow time show time:)

  • Matthew McGregor-Mento

    There’s also Tuxedo Ridge. It’s only an hour train ride on NJ Transit/MetroNorth (closest mountain to Manhattan). Call ahead and they’ll pick you up from the station. Small but close.

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