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Ski trips for families near NYC

Get out of Dodge and tackle the slopes with the kids on these fun-filled ski trips for families near NYC

Photograph: Courtesy Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
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We're lucky to live in a city where there's plenty to do as a family, no matter what the weather is like—from cool NYC museum exhibits to awesome classes and workshops, there's no shortage of indoor activities for kids. Sometimes, though, the great outdoors beckons, and these seven ski trips for families are the perfect way to heed the call. Whether a day trip or weekend getaway, these fantastic mountain resorts across the Northeast offer great skiing (of course!)—plus tons of amenities and other activities for families who want to make an adventure of it.

Ski trips for families

Hunter Mountain

Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes by car

Families with little ones who are just starting out on the slopes will feel comfortable at this two-peak mountain resort nestled in the Catskills, which offers an even mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. Get first-time skiers as young as 4 years old acquainted with the snow in one-on-one lessons with an instructor (from $79), or hit the hill as a family (lift tickets from $40) at an affordable price—kids ages 6 and under ski free on weekdays and for just $10 on weekends. This upstate getaway keeps kids entertained off the slopes as well, with the largest snow tubing park in New York State (from $20 per person) boasting 18 slippery chutes and a mini tubing park for kids. Daycare is available for kids ages 2–6, keeping them busy with indoor games, storytelling and crafts while you hit a few advanced runs just for the adults. For easy transportation from NYC, book your trip through Emilio’s Ski & Snowboard Shop or Urban Sherpa. (64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY; 518-263-4223, huntermtn.com)

Okemo Mountain Resort

Travel time: 4 hours and 45 minutes by car

Grab winter by the horns and turn it into a family-friendly adventure with a trip to woodsy and picturesque Vermont. Slope-ready families will be psyched to tackle Okemo’s 120 snow-covered trails (lift tickets from $31) and little daredevils can easily be found in one of three terrain parks. Youngsters (ages 3 and up) will have an easy time learning in group ski lessons (from $85) to suit all skill levels, or snowplowing around on their own—kids ages 6 and under snag lift tickets for free! Check out a brand-new six-passenger bubble chair with luxurious heated seats, and when your brood has had enough of skiing, brave the Timber Ripper mountain coaster (from $9), go snow tubing (from $12) or try out the regulation hockey rink in the Ice House skating pavilion. After a long day, Kids’ Night Out gives Mom and Dad an evening to themselves while the kids chow down on pizza and enjoy movies, swimming, skating and other activities ($45 per child; every Saturday, 6–9:30pm)—just make sure to book ahead of time! (77 Okemo Ridge Rd, Ludlow, VT; 800-78-OKEMO, okemo.com)

Windham Mountain Resort

Travel time: 3 hours by car

Rising up 1,600 vertical feet and boasting over 50 trails, this snowy spot draws beginners and pro skiers alike; and while close enough for a day trip, Windham's amenities make it worthy of an overnight stay as well. An impressive array of lessons cater to all skill levels, plus a newly expanded Children’s Learning Center ensures that youngsters ages 2–7 are supervised and entertained with themed entertainment (think “Arctic Animals” and “Under the Sea”) throughout the day. 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)

Mount Snow

Travel time: 4 hours by car

Off the beaten path of Vermont resorts, Mount Snow is secluded, laid-back and, when staying at the Grand Summit Hotel (doubles from $245), a stone's throw from the chairlift. Convenient and comfortable lodging in the deep-country setting lets your family rest up for a full day of on-snow activity, whether in one of many ski school programs for both adults and children, at the extensive terrain park, or on the base area tubing runs, complete with a Magic Carpet lift. For a special treat, head out on a family excursion like Husky Works Mushing, which lets the kids imagine they’re starring in Balto as you get pulled by a team of Siberian huskies, or an Adams Farm sleigh ride through scenic landscape, led by Belgian draft horses. (39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, VT; 800-245-7669, mountsnow.com)

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes by car

This little Berkshire jewel hits the jackpot for families with its ski-in, ski-out lodge at the base of the mountain (the Country Inn; rooms from $109), plus top-notch full- or half-day kids' programs of various levels (lift tickets from $25; single lessons starting at $115). With 45 skiing trails to tackle, a mountain coaster that flies through the woods at up to 23 mph (for ages 9 and up), and a Cub’s Den indoor playroom for little ones ($15 per hour), your brood will stay entertained on and off the slopes. Make sure to round up the troops and take the chair lift to Hendrick’s Summit Lodge to warm up with a cup of cocoa and take in the views. (37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA; 413-738-5500, jiminypeak.com)

Mountain Creek

Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes by car

Make tracks on some of the best terrain in the North East at this New Jersey resort with an impressive 1,040 vertical feet, 200 acres of trails and four mighty mountain peaks (lift tickets from $43). Snag lessons tailored to the little ones through Mountain Creek’s Kids Kamp, which offers full- or half-day programs, and don’t forget to take advantage of other on-mountain fun including snow tubing (in 30 full-sized lanes), Zoom Ziplines and the Alpine Mountain Coaster ($12), a two-seater toboggan that slides on rails, winding through the woods at about 30 mph. If you’d rather not drive, book through NYC Snow Bus, which offers pick-ups from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn locations. (200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ; 973-827-2000, mountaincreek.com)

Camelback Mountain

Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes by car

This beginner-friendly mountain lets families hit the slopes without leaving the tri-state area. The 1,200 onsite snow machines ensure that there’s plenty of the white stuff to shred on (lift tickets from $47), and affordable 90-minute group lessons (from $35) help visitors of all ages perfect their turns. Tiny tots (ages 3–5) get to cap off ski instruction with indoor games and more fun through the Camelcare Adventurers program. The kids will love taking a break from ski school to go tubing (from $20), fly down a zip line, get a rush on the 4,500-foot-long Mountain Coaster (from $10) or hit up the adventure park ($30–$50). Even while the snow is falling on the picturesque Poconos outside, little ones can splash around in a wave pool or brave 13 different water slides in the massive Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. (Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA; 570-629-1661, skicamelback.com)