Ski resorts near New York City
Whether you want a snow day or a luxurious escape, these wintry destinations deliver.
Fri Jan 21 2011
Three hours away
The least crowded of the Catskill resorts, this state-run mountain is a convenient, wallet-friendly choice—especially for those freaked out by the idea of mobbed slopes and long lift lines. Belleayre's 47 trails cater to a range of skill levels: Expect 11 beginner-friendly slopes on the bottom half of the mountain, nine tricky double-black runs at the top and 27 satisfying intermediate trails in between. Boarders will dig the recently improved terrain park, two progression parks, full of jumps, boxes and rails, plus a rails-only park. But for a more serene way to experience the pristine surroundings in the Catskill Forest Preserve, strap on a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and traverse Belleayre's nearly six miles of quiet trails. Daily 9am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $48, weekends and holidays $57. Equipment rental: half-day $27, full-day $33. One-hour group lesson $30.
Getting there: Adirondack Trailways bus line (800-858-8555, trailwaysny.com; Mon, Fri–Sun) offers a weekend $84 round-trip service from Port Authority to Belleayre, which includes the price of a lift ticket.
Where to stay: SAVE At the charmingly old-school Delaware Court Motel (1141 Main St, Fleischmanns, NY; 845-254-5090, delawaremotelcatskills.com; $65–$225 per night), two miles from the resort, 12 of the 17 rooms are "efficiencies," complete with small, fully equipped eat-in kitchens. There are also six one- and two-bedroom cottages on the two-acre property.
SPLURGE Offering indulgences ranging from Jacuzzi tubs in two of the seven jewel-tone-accented rooms to a hot breakfast cooked by the Culinary Institute of America–trained owner, cozy B&B Alpine Osteria (32 Galli Curci Rd, Highmount, NY; 845-254-9851, alpineosteria.com; $135–$255) encourages you to relax after a long day on the slopes—located just 30 seconds away (the hotel is situated at the base of Belleayre Mountain). Mention TONY when booking over the phone to receive 20 percent off room rates Sun–Thu (10 percent off Fri, Sat) through April 22, 2011.
Set in the postcard-perfect Berkshires, this family-friendly resort might look like a bunny hill compared with its expansive New England neighbors, but in terms of value, it can't be beat. Perfect for skiers who would describe themselves as "works-in-progress," Catamount features 33 trails (11 of them easy), a terrain park full of jibs and jumps well suited for intermediate boarders and the Berkshires' longest run, totaling a solid two and a half miles. (Fun fact: The resort straddles the New York–Massachusetts state line, making it possible to ski through both states on one slope.) With 15 trails plus the terrain park open until 10pm on weekends, it's possible to keep working on your parallel turns long after your pals have fled the mountain for an aprs-ski buzz. Mon–Tue 9am–4pm; Wed, Thu 9am–9pm; Fri 9am–10pm; Sat 8:30am–10pm; Sun 8:30am–4pm. Lift tickets: full-day $29–$61, night $27–$35. Equipment rental: day $45, night $36. 90-minute group lesson $40.
Getting there: Since there are no direct buses to Hillsdale, your best bet is hopping on a Peter Pan bus (888-751-8800, peterpanbus.com; round-trip $85) out of Port Authority to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and taking a roughly 20-minute cab ride to Hillsdale.
Where to stay: SAVE Each of the 15 clean and quaint rooms at the no-frills Holiday House Motel (2871 Rte 23, Hillsdale, NY; 518-325-3030, holidayhousemotel.com; $75–$95 per night) features a microwave, refrigerator and individually controlled thermostats, and the price is hard to match. Mention TONY when booking over the phone to receive 10 percent off the room rate through March 31, 2011.
SPLURGE Within walking distance of the mountain, 1800s-farmhouse-turned-inn The Swiss Hutte (Rte 23, Hillsdale, NY; 518-325-3333, swisshutte.com; $95–$210 per night) feels like a European chalet, thanks to its 14 rustic-chic guest rooms and fireplace-flanked dining room serving locally sourced fare, like herb-crusted rack of lamb.