Travel time: 3 hrs by car
With a 1600-foot vertical drop and 12 miles of trails, Windham Mountain is one of the biggest ski areas close to NYC. Beginner packages that include lift ticket, rental and a 1-hour and 45-minute lesson are available to all skiers ages 10 and older—that includes you, parents. There is also ski school for younger mountaineers ages 4-9 that includes lift ticket, rental and 2-hours and 30-minutes of instruction. Skiing's not your thing? Try the tubing park, or nurse a warm cup of cocoa in the lodge. A free shuttle connects the ski area to the village of Windham, where you will find comfy hotels and cozy restaurants. Who needs the Alps when you have the Catskills? (Windham, NY windhammountain.com).