Hit the Slopes for Fresh Air and Fun!
With so many of our favorite places and activities unable to open or functioning in a diminished capacity, it’s wonderful to hear that the state has announced that ski resorts can now reopen. It’s time to get get outdoors, get some fresh air and have fun! And we’re very fortunate to have no shortage of places to do so in our beautiful area.
Plattekill boasts big mountain terrain and friendly, family-oriented small mountain charm. Choose from 38 trails, 4 lifts and 1,100 feet of vertical, you’ll find 2-mile long beginner cruiser trails and some of the steepest double-black diamonds around. With all new ski and snowboard rentals, the mountain also offers snow tubing, family friendly year long events and a variety of other winter activities. Fiercely independent, the Mountain is privately owned and operated by the Vajtay Family, catering to what they know best, families. As part of shrinking number of privately operated mountains all over the country, Plattekill has built on that reputation of offering a laid back, true, real deal authentic vibe that sets the mountain apart from the rest. Check their site and Facebook page for details on all they have to offer.
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. Find out more by visiting their site.
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. Book passes and get more info 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. 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. Visit their website to see what’s available for you to enjoy this season.
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 trail updates and more.