Ski resorts near New York City
Whether you want a snow day or a luxurious escape, these wintry destinations deliver.
Fri Jan 21 2011
Five hours away
Sometimes size does matter—at least when we're talking about Killington, the East Coast's largest ski resort with 71 miles of terrain spread over six mountains. A whopping 140 trails and six terrain parks are sure to keep even the most ADD adventurers happy—especially those of the daredevil variety, who will love the 65 black-diamond runs and 500-foot-long superpipe, on which boarders and free-skiers alike can catch major air. While newbies and casual skiers can coast down the array of three- to four-mile-long cruiser trails, thrill-seekers of all skill levels can count on the resort's "snow guarantee" program, allowing you to exchange your lift pass by 10am for a return-visit voucher if the powder isn't up to par—which wouldn't be a bad thing, considering the selection of equally fun nearby activities, including Nordic skiing (802-775-7077, xcskiing.net; trail pass and rentals $19 each), guided snowmobiling (802-422-2121, killingtonsnowmobiletours.com; one hour $94, double snowmobile $119) and the town's lively aprs-ski scene. Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $79, weekend and holidays $86. Equipment rental: full-day $39, holidays $43, helmet $13. 105-minute group lessons $49 (holidays $59).
Getting there: Your best bet is taking a bus through Adventure Northeast (917-861-1800, adventurenortheast.com; round-trip $185), which offers daily service from the Upper West Side.
Where to stay: SAVE Four miles from the slopes, the recently redecorated Hillside Inn (375 Killington Rd, Killington, VT; 802-315-0039, hillsideinnkillington.com; $80–$199 per night) offers gratis breakfast and is a stop on the bus route for Killington's resort shuttle ($2). Mention TONY when booking over the phone to receive 10 percent off the room rate through April 30, 2011 (excluding Feb 17–25).
SPLURGE The full-service Inn at the Six Mountains (2617 Killington Rd, Killington, VT; 800-228-4676, sixmountains.com; $149–$259) keeps weary skiers happy with 99 country-quilt-bedecked rooms, a complimentary shuttle to the mountain, and a hot breakfast buffet complete with home fries and French toast included with your stay. Mention TONY when booking over the phone to receive 10 percent off the room rate through April 7, 2011.
There's a reason this Lake Placid mountain has played host to the Winter Olympics twice, and it's not merely because of the holy-cow Adirondack views afforded from its 4,867-foot-high peak. With the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies (reaching an awesome 3,430 feet), Whiteface offers serious skiers a wealth of challenging terrain, including 35 acres of double-black-diamond wilderness skiing that's certainly not for the faint of heart. But if your skill level is less die-hard and more I-hope-I-don't-die, you're still in luck: Of the mountain's 86 trails, 18 are perfect for beginners, and one of its four terrain parks is dedicated to rookie boarders. No matter what your experience, you'd be crazy not to check out charming Lake Placid's veritable laundry list of winter sports, ranging from snow tubing ($9 per hour) and ice-skating (entry $8, rentals $3) to a hair-raising bobsled ride with a professional driver ($80). Lower lifts daily 8:30am–4pm, upper lifts daily 9am–3:30pm, gondola daily 8:30am–3:30pm. Lift tickets: weekdays and weekends $79, holidays $84. Equipment rental: full-day $44. One-hour group lesson $42.
Getting there: Adirondack Trailways (800-858-8555, trailwaysny.com; round-trip $158) offers bus service to Lake Placid, but expect about an hour layover in Albany each way.
Where to stay: SAVE As if the stellar location—a mere 500 yards from the lifts—of well-maintained motel Ledge Rock at Whiteface (5078 Rte 86, Wilmington, NY; 518-946-2379, ledgerockatwhiteface.com; $79–$179 per night) wasn't enough, the hotel's 19 spacious rooms have access to a communal great room and, more important, its hospitality bar is stocked with coffee, cider and cookies. Mention TONY when booking over the phone to receive 10 percent off the room rate through April 15, 2011.
SPLURGE Each of the 30 cabins, cottages and suites at the beyond-luxurious Lake Placid Lodge (144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, NY; 518-523-2700, lakeplacidlodge.com; $500–$1,450 per night), located smack dab on the rustic property's namesake body of water, is decorated with Hudson River School paintings, with beds hand-carved by local artisans and wood-burning stone fireplaces. (Even more impressive: No two rooms are alike.) Throw in complimentary perks, like gourmet breakfasts of truffled eggs Benedict and ethereally fluffy pancakes, nightly s'mores around the campfire, and snowshoeing and cross-country ski equipment for traversing the 125-mile-long Jackrabbit Trail that passes the Lodge's front door, and you may never want to leave the compound. Mention TONY when booking over the phone or enter the code "TONY" in the comments section online to receive free daily lift tickets, an Olympic Passport (worth $29) and a $75 food credit for a one-night stay through March 26 (valid Sun–Thu). You'll also be treated to two complimentary Hot Chocolate Martinis aprs-ski at the Lodge's cozy Maggie's Pub.