Best New York ski resorts for skiing and snowboarding

Looking for New York State's best skiing and snowboarding? Hit the slopes—or trails—at one of these New York ski resorts just two to five hours from the city.

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  1. Three hours or less from NYC
  2. More than three hours from NYC



Greek Peak Mountain Resort

3½ hours by car, 4¼ hours by bus
The upstate mountain in the Finger Lakes region offers an old-school skiing experience on 220 acres of skiable terrain. Trails skew toward the easy and intermediate, but the Olympian run, with a 40-degree drop, gives thrill seekers an object of pursuit. Three terrain parks, a tubing center and a network of cross-country/snowshoe trails—plus an indoor water park that provides an unexpected alternative to skiing—make it an ideal road-trip destination for families or groups of friends with diverging interests. 2000 New York State Rte 392, Cortland, NY (800-955-2754, greekpeakmtnresort.com). Mon–Thu 9:30am–9pm; Fri 9:30am–10pm; Sat, Sun 8:30am–10pm. Lift tickets: full day $64; night skiing $32. Equipment rental: full day $35, night $32. 90-minute group lesson $30.

Where to stay:  Among the chain options, the Hampton Inn (26 River St, Cortland, NY; 607-662-007, hamptoninn.com, $109–169 per night) offers the best amenities—Wi-Fi, indoor pool, mini fridge—for little more than its competitors.

 

Gore Mountain

4 hours by car
The under-the-radar gem, situated in the Adirondack Forest Preserve 25 miles northwest of Lake George, is finally earning the attention it deserves. The impressive mountain has an amazing 95 trails—90 percent of which aren’t for beginners, including 19 glades and eight for snowshoeing and cross-country—and 14 lifts that make it seem uncrowded even on weekends; a 2,357-foot drop gives it a true alpine feel. In 2011, Gore added a ski lift to the North Creek Ski Bowl (now with skiing, a terrain park and tubing), which connected an abandoned resort in town with the ski complex, effectively joining the mountain to the town that serves it. 793 Peaceful Valley Rd, North
Creek, NY (518-251-2411, goremountain.com). Daily 8:30am–4pm. Lift tickets (full day): weekdays $59, weekends $75, holidays $79. Equipment rental: full day $45. 90-minute group lesson $35.

Where to stay:  Featuring motel-style lodging with gas fireplaces and/or Jacuzzis and access to a communal space, the Alpine Lodge (264 Main St, North Creek, NY; 518-251-2451; adirondackalpinelodge.com; $139–239 per night) makes for the perfect ski-village stay.

 

Whiteface Mountain

5 hours by car, 6 hours by bus
The three-peak, 86-trail resort in the Adirondacks that put Lake Placid on the map has an unjust reputation as a spot for experts only—maybe because of its majestic, 4,867-foot-high peak and the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies (3,430 feet). Granted, its black- and double-black-diamond skiing is superb, including 35 acres of wilderness trails, but so are its beginner and intermediate slopes, and one of its four terrain parks is dedicated to rookie boarders as well. As befits its status as an Olympic mountain, snow tubing ($9 per hour), ice-skating (entry $8, skate rental $3) and a bobsled ride with a professional driver ($80) are offered as well. Lake Placid’s cross-country skiing is at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, out of the Olympic Sports Complex. 5021 Rte 86, Wilmington, NY (518-946-2223, whiteface.com). Lower lifts daily 8:30am–4pm, upper lifts daily 9am–3:30pm, gondola daily 8:30am–3:15pm. Lift tickets: mid-December–mid-March $84; mid-March to end of season $59. Gondola $19. Equipment rental: full-day $45. Two-hour group lesson $44.

Where to stay:  The well-maintained motel Ledge Rock at Whiteface (5078 Rte 86, Wilmington, NY; 800-336-4754, ledgerockatwhiteface.com; $79–$179 per night), just 500 yards from the lifts, has a great communal room stocked with cider and cookies.

  1. Three hours or less from NYC
  2. More than three hours from NYC

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