You look forward to this every winter. Digging out the jacket with last year’s ski pass still attached. That first glide out onto the snow and into the chairlift for the slow climb towards the top. Pushing off your poles, shredding the stress and carving out a double helix as you move down the mountain.
If you can only fit one getaway to the slopes into your schedule or budget this season—one bread bowl, one crackling night by the fire, one sorely needed dip in the hot tub under a sky lit by stars not skyscrapers—consider booking one of these five ski deals in New York.
1. Hunter Mountain | Urban Sherpa Travel
For a quick car-free ski trip in a day, Hunter Mountain is your best bet. For $79, adventure outfitter Urban Sherpa Travel sets up your roundtrip transportation and all-mountain lift pass. The two and a half hour bus ride starts at one of three locations in Manhattan: Times Square, Union Square or the Upper West Side EMS store. For more information about Hunter Mountain, read oM’s review.
How to get there: Visit urbansherpatravel.com to book the package.
2. Whiteface Mountain | Crowne Plaza Resort Lake Placid
In downtown Lake Placid, Crowne Plaza Resort is offering a ski and stay package, which includes lodging, breakfast, and lift tickets. A free shuttle leaves once an hour from the hotel to take guests to Whiteface Mountain. After January 1, the rate is $109. For more ideas on things to do in Lake Placid, read Where to Play Like a Winter Olympian.
How to get there: Take Adirondack Trailways to Lake Placid ($131 roundtrip) where you’ll be dropped off at the Olympic Center. Crowne Plaza Resort is a 200-yard walk from there. The $99 package is per person, valid Sun-Thurs. (101 Olympic Drive, Lake Placid, NY, 518.523.2556, lakeplacidcp.com) If you’d rather drive, consult oM’s guide to renting hybrids.
3. Mount Peter | Anton’s on the Lake
Start your day with continental breakfast in bed overlooking Greenwood Lake as part of this ski and stay package, from $89.50 on weekends and $69 midweek. 45 miles from Manhattan and a place dear to Babe Ruth’s heart (and boat), Anton’s on the Lake will pick you up at the New Jersey Transit bus stop and chauffeur you, full day lift tickets in hand, to Mount Peter. If you’re rusty or want to learn, try a group ski and snowboard lesson, which is included in your package. Before heading home, take a hike to one of the five nearby state parks in Hudson River Valley.
How to get there: Take the NJ Transit Bus 196/197 from Port Authority to the Greenwood Lake stop. Roundtrip bus tickets cost $25.50. Package rate is per person, based on double occupancy. Inquire with Anton’s about discounts on ski and board rentals. (7 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake, 845.477.0010, antonsonthelake.com)
4. Thunder Ridge Mountain | Metro North
Get on board this $99 ski and stay package, which includes round trip Metro North fare, all day/night lift tickets, and round trip shuttle service from the train station to the ski area. Get a $5 discount on rental equipment (or bring your own) and stay at one of five local properties, including SpringHill Suites in Danbury and The Pawling House B&B.
How to get there: Ride the Harlem Line from Grand Central to Patterson Station. Other package perks run from free breakfast to pet-friendly accommodations to indoor pools and complimentary transit to shopping areas. Book your trip at mta.info.
5. Whiteface Mountain | Ledge Rock Motel
The Ledge Rock Motel’s ski and stay package includes overnight accommodations and a lift ticket to Whiteface Mountain for $99.50 midweek through March 17. Check whiteface.com for new packages starting at $69.
How to get there: Take Adirondack Trailways to Lake Placid ($131 roundtrip) where you’ll be dropped off at the Olympic Center. Ledge Rock is a 100-yard walk from there. (5078 NYS Route 86, Wilmington, ledgerockatwhiteface.com)
For up-to-the-minute snow reports on ski spots throughout the Empire State, download the free iSnowNY app. Visit liftopia.com for discounts at dozens of ski areas in New York.
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