Ski trips near NYC
The city's just a hop, skip and a bus ride from some of the best slopes in the Northeast.
Thu Dec 16 2010
Mount Snow Resort
These three outfits will whisk your family to the slopes before you've even had breakfast, and have you back in your own beds that night.
Blades, Board & Skate
The eclectic shop gets kudos for the enormity of its package choices. Have a season pass and only want a bus ride and an intermediate lesson for yourself, but need rentals, beginner lessons and lift tickets for the kids? No problem: Payment is la carte, and among the options is snowboard rental to boot. Trips during the winter season have include weekend day trips to Hunter (Sat, Sun), Stratton (Sat) and Vermont's Mount Snow (Sun), plus assorted weekday excursions through March. All trips depart from the shop's downtown location and make a second pickup at the uptown store. •659 Broadway between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts (212-477-7350, bladesnyc.com/tripinfo_snow.php). •156 W 72nd St between Broadway and Columbus Ave (212-787-3911). See website for pricing and schedule.
Emilio's Ski & Snowboard Shop
Boasting the most extensive day-trip lineup in the city, the Forest Hills store offers pickup in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to its almost daily Catskills excursions (to Hunter, Windham and Belleayre; $75–$85 for round-trip and lift ticket; equipment rental extra), Emilio's makes regular trips to three resorts in Vermont (Okemo, Mount Snow, Stratton; $105–$108) on weekends. Bonus: The shop offers a bus-ticket-only option ($45–$58), so one parent can mind the toddler while the other skis. 112-28 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, Queens (718-544-0404, emiliosskishop.com). See website for pickup locations and schedule.
The venerable sports emporium offers day trips to the Catskills: Hunter Mountain every Wednesday and Saturday and Windham on Sundays ($79–$82 for round-trip and lift ticket); last season, they added a Saturday trip to Vermont's Stratton ($99). The allure of Paragon for families—besides the free bagel breakfast on the bus—is its kids' equipment policy: In addition to adult rentals ($30 per trip), the shop offers season-long rentals for children who wear up to a size 7 boot ($100 for used gear, when available; $200 for new), saving parents the hassle of ski storage and the money suck of outgrown gear. 867 Broadway at 18th St (212-255-8036, paragonsports.com).
Resorts at these mountains offer great skiing (of course!)—plus tons of amenities for families who want to make a weekend of it.
The little Berkshire jewel hits the jackpot for families with its ski-in, ski-out lodge at the base of the mountain (the Country Inn; doubles from $199), plus top-notch full- or half-day kids' programs of various levels, and ongoing storytime and crafts in the lodge. 37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA (800-882-8859, jiminypeak.com). Travel time: 3 hours and 30 minutes by car.
Off the beaten track of Vermont resorts, Mount Snow is secluded, laid-back and, with the Grand Summit Hotel (doubles from $245) a stone's throw from the chairlift, convenient. A super ski school for both adults and children, an extensive terrain park for snowboarding, and a deep-country setting seal the deal. 39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, VT (800-245-7669, mountsnow.com). Travel time: 4 hours by car.
While close enough for a day trip, Windham's amenities make it worthy of an overnight stay as well. Almost overshadowing the comprehensive kids' programs and copious ski-and-stay deals at the Winwood Inn (doubles from $129; free shuttle to and from the mountain) is the kidcentric Adventure Park, with eight snowtubing lanes, ice-skating, zip lines and a kids' snowmobile area. 33 Clarence D. Lane Rd, Windham, NY (800-754-9463, windhammountain.com). Travel time: 3 hours by car.
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