The Adventurer’s Guide to Winter Activities Near NYC

If you agree with Robert Frost when he said, “You can’t get too much winter in the winter,” you are probably gearing up to hit the slopes—and the après-ski hour—as mountains are opening for a great start to the season throughout the Northeast. Throw off the work clothes, slip on your ski pants, and head north to enjoy some powder rides and great discounted rates.

From snow tubing to bobsledding, this is your ultimate guide to adventurous winter activities near NYC.

Best Snow Tubing Spots
With winter just around the corner, it’s good to remember that there’s an alternative to skiing, snowboarding, and making angels in the snow. Forget the boots, the goggles, the gear, and try your butt at snow tubing—because sitting is really all that’s involved in this, err, sport. Bring some warm clothes and an untiring appetite for some fast-paced fun and you’re good to go at these three cool snow tubing spots near New York City.
snowtubing at thunder ridge
Where to Cross-Country Ski
If the faster paced winter sports of skiing and snowboarding are not for you, consider cross-country skiing as a way to free yourself from the frosty concrete jungle of Manhattan. The beautiful white noise of open forests and snowboarder-free mountains are only a train or bus ride away. These cross-country skiing escapes near NYC are all close enough to be a day trip, but just far enough to make you forget the city.
cross-country skiing
Where to Play Like a Winter Olympian
In the spirit of the 1980 USA hockey team, Bob Costas’ nicely coiffed toupee, and the 2,000 plus athletes who biathlon, luge, snowboard, and represent the country name on the front of their sweater, jersey, and jacket, here are six places near NYC to inspire your inner Olympian.
Where to Go Ice and Rock Climbing
New Yorkers are always finding new creative ways to stay in shape when indoor workouts and morning routine jogs around Central Park become mundane. If you catch yourself getting a little distraught at someone for taking “your” treadmill out of the sea of machines available at the gym, it may be time to try a new approach to staying active. Instead of searching for the latest yoga and Tae Bo classes as an alternative, why not challenge yourself, breathe in some fresh mountain air and live life on the edge.
Ice Climbing
Eight Great Skiing & Snowboarding Spots
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. 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!
belleayre snowboard
Affordable Ski & Snowboarding
All-inclusive: The Metro North Ski Train
package includes roundtrip transit, free shuttle service from the station to the mountain, rental discount, and an all-day lift ticket.
For Cheap: Take advantage of Okemo’s ski + stay packages. The price includes two nights of lodging and lift tickets for each day.
For Free: Visit for specials like the “First Timer” package and January Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, which includes a week-long beginner lift ticket or trail pass, a lesson, and rental equipment.
learning to ski
The Best Apres-Ski
After a day of outdoor activities in Stowe, there is nothing like sitting by a crackling fire with a Vermont Organic Mapletini or hard-to-find Trappist in your hand, feeling sore and satisfied. Whether you want to party, listen to live music with your cheddar lager soup, or unwind and watch an inspiring adventure flick, you’ll discover this expert guide is helpful in planning your adventures on and off the slopes.
Stowe Apres-Ski

Photos:Stephane Mignon

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  • NYC James

    The first picture with two people standing in front of a waterfall, where is that place?

  • Lauren

    That would be Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskill Mountains!