A Winter Wonderland for All
Upstate New York is a winter wonderland for the outdoor adventurer. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, or just hiking around are invigorating activities that keep New Yorkers thriving throughout the cold winter months. All across the region there is something for all ages and skill levels to get folks out of the house and into the great outdoors. Here’s just a taste of what you can experience:
Plattekill Mountain is a one-of-a-kind, family-owned and operated ski resort located in Roxbury, NY. Situated in the heart of the Western Catskill Mountains, Plattekill offers skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing all winter long. In the summer, the fun continues with mountaintop weddings, mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, and free outdoor concerts. Conveniently located just 3 hours from NYC Metro area. The mountain is open weekends as of Saturday, December 7th, and 10 days straight after Christmas. Snowtubing begins December 27th. They’re also available for private bookings, where you can rent the entire mountain all for yourself! Check their site and Facebook page for the events they are hosting all winter long.
Snowmobiling enthusiasts will love the hundreds of miles of well-maintained trails in Delaware County with jaw dropping scenery. Ride through rolling mountainous terrain with hills, woods, rivers and lakes. These local snowmobile clubs can give you recommendations and the latest info on trail openings and conditions.
Hunter Mountain is the closest big mountain to New York City, and boasts four separate faces that cater to any and all skill levels. Their vast ski learning center has seasonal and daily programs for both kids and adults. Plus every weekend there are exhilarating on-hill races to get the blood flowing – skiers at all levels can compete with times set by members of the US ski team. The mountain’s events are fun for the entire family, like the New Year’s Eve celebration, Katskillz Pro Am: A Skate Park on Snow, and the Pondskimming Beach Bash & Dummy Race held at the close of the season when the weather warms up. Book passes, lodging and lessons on their website.
Windham Mountain is a premier Alpine ski destination in the Northern Catskills featuring 12 peaks, 54 trails and over 285 skiable areas. Windham is perfect for families or groups because in addition to skiing, there are a number of amenities geared towards the non-skier. The Adventure Park consists of snow tubing, ice skating and snowmobiling; The Alpine Spa allows for a moment of serenity with an array of massages, body treatments and facial services; and the dining scene both and on off the mountain offers a place to recharge and refuel with local food and craft beverages. For passes, snow conditions and more visit their website.
Villa Roma is a powerhouse hotel, resort, and spa boasting its own ski hill for snowboarding, skiing and tubing for guests and day visitors alike. Equipment rental is available, as are ski lessons for kids as young as 3 years old. Shuttles are available from the hotel to take guests the half mile to the slope. The ski chalet is also a popular space for hosting private parties, with an in-house caterer, family-friendly food and the adult-friendly bar. All-inclusive packages and ski hill passes are available on their website.
Holiday Mountain Ski Club is the perfect place for skiers to develop the skills and fundamentals to enjoy skiing for a lifetime. With a pipeline towards competitive skiing, it is also a place where athletes can reach their full potential in a safe and fun environment. Their quality and attentive training make it the ideal place to learn and grow as a skier. Located in Monticello, call ahead or visit their website for training info, trail updates and more.
Glimmerglass State Park is a breathtaking park overlooking Otsego lake. In a town often lauded for its summer attractions, Cooperstown has plenty of opportunities for getting outdoors in the winter. The park provides lake access for ice fishing, an area for ice skating, and trails for cross country skiing, snow shoeing and hiking. Throughout the season there are winter festivals and events, plus Main Street in town offers plenty of dining and shopping options. The baseball hall of fame is closed for the season, making for a peaceful, serene visit to an otherwise bustling town. Check out This is Cooperstown for more.
Gilbert Lake State Park offers over twelve miles of trails available to hikers, skiers and snowshoers. A map for the entire park is available at the park office. The Ice Pond-Lake of the Twin Fawns trail, a loop trail of about two and a half miles, takes you through wooded and open land, gently rolling and excellent for skiing and snowshoeing. Other features include a picnic area, grilling station, ranger station, toilets, parking, camping, dogs allowed, disc golf, and snowmobiling. Visit Otsego Outdoors for more specifics.
Otsego Outdoors is an incredible resource for the outdoor adventurer in the area. Consult their website for an in depth regional guide, recommendations and trail maps for all seasons in Otsego County. A helpful guide for beginners and experienced trekkers alike, visit their website for more and consider making a donation.
Belleayre Mountain has over 50 trails, parks and glades, a vertical drop of 1,404 feet, 8 lifts and 4 lodges. Whether you are a beginner or an expert they have something for you. From easy green runs to the bumps and glades of the expert terrain, you will find something to enjoy. Belleayre Mountain is located off of State Route 28 in Highmount, NY, just hours from New York City. It was declared “Forever Wild” by the New York State Forest Preserve in 1885. You can make your reservations for winter camps and more now by visiting their site.
Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties is reopening soon after renovations and upgrades this past year. Skate with family and friends in this spacious, Olympic-size ice rink, a fully-enclosed facility. Call ahead for schedule details, lessons or to book private parties. For updates on their reopening, follow them on facebook.
Mohonk Mountain House welcomes day visitors to take advantage of their National Historic Landmark resort with access to their Ice Skating Pavilion, Cross Country Ski Trails and Snowshoeing Trails. Seasonal passes and rental equipment are available, and some activities are weather permitting. Call ahead to make a reservation or visit their website for more information.
Hudson Valley Rail Trail is a 12-foot wide, paved path in Highland, NY that is perfect for walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The trail spans 3.6 miles and features a flat, slightly-sloped trail for a truly enjoyable experience. Visit the rail trail site for more details.
Now is the time to venture into the outdoors in Upstate New York. Winter is calling!