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Seven New York Ski Areas within Driving Distance of New York City

This year is different for skiing.

Skiing in the New Normal

Spontaneity is a thing of the past. For the most part, you’ll need to get your lift tickets in advance due to reduced capacity, and most reservations need to be made online. Be sure to check out the specific social-distancing and safety rules for each mountain, especially ski lifts and gondolas. You should also book a place to stay before you travel if you plan to do more than a day trip.

The Berkshires

Where to Ski: Catamount, Hillsdale

Catamount Mountain Resort in the Berkshires Mountains straddles the border of New York and Massachusetts, about two hours from NYC. Skiers here must adhere to travel regulations for both New York and Massachusetts and you’re advised to check daily as rules change frequently. One of the smaller ski areas, Catamount has eight lifts and 36 trails ranging from gentle and intermediate (Green Circle and Blue Square) to expert (Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond) plus terrain parks for more freestyle maneuvers. The mountain also offers Night Skiing.

Where to Stay:

Just over the border into Massachusetts, The Carriage House at The Egremont Village Inn is open throughout the winter.

The Catskills

Where to Ski: Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury

The last of the family-owned ski mountains operating in the Catskills, with an “indie” small-mountain vibe, family-friendly Plattekill has four lifts, a terrain park and 38 trails accommodating beginners to experts. The mountain also offers snowtubing. The new Platty Shack is a fun, socially conscious go-to for takeaway shopping and beverages.

Where to Stay:

With its two properties, The Roxbury adds an unexpected twist to a country hotel and motel with luxury amenities and themed accommodations. Each room and suite will inspire many Instagram moments, a well-deserved sensory reward for a hard day on the slopes.

Where to Ski: Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, Highmount

Belleayre is popular for both daytrippers and those wanting to enjoy the area’s inns and BnBs. The ski center has 50 trails with eight lifts and a gondola offering sweeping views of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Sustainability and versatility are watchwords at Belleayre with trails appropriate for both beginners and advanced skiers. Lift tickets must be purchased in advance online, and capacity is limited with tickets not available on weekends or during blackout periods.

Belleayre is popular for both daytrippers and those wanting to enjoy the area’s inns and BnBs | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Belleayre Mountain)

Where to Stay:

Emerson Resort & Spa offers luxurious accommodations in the contemporary Inn or Adirondack-style Lodge. The resort also features a spa with nature-inspired treatments and the popular Woodnotes Grille by the river.

Emerson Resort & Spa offers luxurious accommodations in the contemporary Inn or Adirondack-style Lodge | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Emerson Resort & Spa)

Where to Ski: Hunter Mountain, Hunter

Just 2 ½ hours from NYC, Hunter is possibly the most crowded mountain for daytrippers with its 67 trails and 13 lifts. Owned by Vail Resorts, Hunter is now offering Epic Pass providing priority reservations at the mountain and at 34 affiliated Vail Resorts. The mountain offers diverse activities including snowtubing and snowboarding with ski lessons and trails for all ages and skill levels. Adding to its popularity, the mountain is known for its snowmaking prowess.

Just 2 ½ hours from NYC, Hunter is possibly the most crowded mountain for daytrippers with its 67 trails and 13 lifts
Hunter Mountain (©Feilen)

Where to Stay:

Built in 1966, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is a distinctive lodge property with contemporary rooms and an outdoor skating rink made of “Glice.” Skates are provided.

Where to Ski: Windham Mountain, Windham

Windham Mountain is hugely popular with 54 trails and six terrain parks. Families love Windham’s Mountain Adventure Park with its snowtubing, kid snowmobiles, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and lessons for all ages. The new Umbrella Bar offers to-go cocktails between the lifts and the base lodge. Check the daily report to see the number of trails and parks open and lifts running each day. The mountain has implemented a new “red day” and “green day” capacity calendar which will tell you whether you can purchase day-of tickets or not. It is advisable to reserve in advance.

Where to Stay:

Whisper Creek Condominiums offer high-end ski-in/ski-out lodging right on the slopes within walking distance to the Alpine Spa and the Windham Mountain base lodge.

The Finger Lakes And The Adirondacks

Where to Ski: Bristol Mountain, Canandaigua

In the Finger Lakes Region, Bristol is especially attractive for first-time skiers and snowboarders with group lessons arranged just for them. Additionally, The Snowsports School has programs for ages seven and older and includes a lift ticket. This year’s school features small-size bespoke “Pod Lessons” which can include skiers as young as three years old. The mountain’s 38 slopes and trails will please all ages and levels as well.

Where to Stay:

Mountain Horse Farm is a B&B farm stay just 10 minutes from the mountain. In this peaceful setting, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the farm’s horses and cows.

Where to Ski: Whiteface Lake Placid, Wilmington

The site of the Winter Olympic Games in 1980, Whiteface might have you dreaming of a Gold Medal as you whoosh down the tallest vertical drop in the East. One of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Whiteface has 87 trails and 11 lifts and is equipped to teach anyone who wants to learn to ski, including disabled skiers. The mountain resort also offers bobsledding down an Olympic track on the Cliffside Coaster, groomed Nordic skiing and an Olympic skating experience at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

The site of the Winter Olympic Games in 1980, Whiteface might have you dreaming of a Gold Medal as you whoosh down the tallest vertical drop in the East | WhereTraveler
Skier at Whiteface Lake Placid (Courtesy Whiteface Mountain)

Where to Stay:

High Peaks Resort offers a choice of stays ranging from traditional with The Resort, to modern at the Lake House, and suites in the Waterfront Collection on the shores of Mirror Lake.

The Whiteface Lodge is reminiscent of a historic Adirondack Great Camp | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Whiteface Lodge)

The Whiteface Lodge is reminiscent of a historic Adirondack Great Camp with rustic timber design combined with luxury accommodations and spa.

The Whiteface Lodge features a rustic timber design combined with luxury accommodations and spa | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Whiteface Lodge)