Best family ski resorts near NYC for a winter getaway

A trip to these family ski resorts are a must for the perfect cold-weather adventure, so book your getaway ASAP
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Frosty fun awaits at the best family ski resorts near NYC. Whether you and the kiddos have mastered the slopes or are new to the winter sport, you'll find the perfect fit. 
Fan favorites such as Hunter Mountain Resort and Camelback Resort cater to a variety of skill levels and offer other outdoor activities, such as snow tubing and zip-lining. You'll definitely sleep well after a day in the snow!
 
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After you've booked a stay at one of these fun family ski resorts, make sure to take a look at these cool winter weekend getaways. If you're staying local, make a trip to the best sledding hills in New York City before scoping out the most delicious hot chocolate in NYC
 

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Okemo Mountain Resort - Ludlow, VT

Travel time: 4 hrs and 45 mins by car

Vermont makes for a picturesque winter getaway, especially if you're venturing to one of the 120 slopes at Okemo Mountain Resort. The Ski and Ride School caters to a variety of skill levels—from first-timers to masters who are looking to perfect their moves—and offers private lessons, group lessons and children's programs for those ages 3–14. If members of your brood are anxious to spend a day in the snow but aren't too keen on skiing, try exploring the Nordic Center's offerings such as snow shoeing, hit the snow tubing park, lace up at the Ice House or try the newly instated Fat Bike rentals. But, perhaps one the coolest kid-approved activities to choose from would be the kids' snowmobile tours. Looks like you're going to have to pack some warm clothing—you'll be in the snow all day long! (Ludlow, VT okemo.com).

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Windham Mountain Resort - Windham, NY

Travel time: 3 hrs by car

With over 50 trails and 700 acres of land, Windham Mountain Resort is a winter-lover's paradise. Thanks to lessons, workshops and programs, the attraction caters its offerings to seasoned skiers and those who are just getting acquainted with the bunny slopes. Youth lessons are grouped by ages for those youngsters who want to try their hand at skiing or snowboarding. A trip to the Adventure Park is a must for the young and the young at heart—it really truly lives up to its name with tubing, ice skating and snowmobile rides. If you're looking for some competition, challenge your loved ones to a run at NASTAR (National Standard Race) to see which family member is a master of the slopes. Game on! (Windham, NY windhammountain.com)

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Thunder Ridge Ski Area - Patterson, NY

Travel time: 1 hr 30 mins by car

Snow-covered options abound at Thunder Ridge Ski Area. Spend a half-day on the slopes, partake in the six-week program or join the race team if you're looking to leave the competition far behind! Gentle trails welcome beginners and advanced areas let the pros perfect their moves. What are you waiting for? Hop on the Metro North and get ready for a winter experience like no other. If you're looking to make a night of it, Thunder Ridge recommends local lodging areas within the vicinity. (Patterson, NY thunderridgeski.com).

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Gore Mountain Ski Resort - North Creek, NY

Travel time: 4 hrs by car

Make your way to the mountains for a winter filled with outdoor adventure. Expect maintenance for the upcoming season to result in more snow, clean paved areas and even an expasion to the Base Lodge when you need to stop and refuel. Visitors will be able to ski nine sides of four peaks, take private lessons, enroll in holiday camps and so much more. The slopes are your oyster, whether it's the first time you've put on skis or you're a regular visitor. (North Creek, NY gormountain.com).  

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Mount Snow - West Dover, VT

Travel time: 4 hrs by car

Off the beaten path of Vermont resorts, Mount Snow is secluded, laid-back and, when staying at the Grand Summit Hotel, 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. Look for seasonal Kids Discovery Days online! (West Dover, VT mountsnow.com).

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Hunter Mountain Resort - Hunter, NY

Travel time: 2 hrs and 30 mins 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 (six lifts and more than 27 trails!). Get first-time skiers as young as 4 years old acquainted with the snow in one-on-one lessons with an instructor, or hit the hill as a family at an affordable price. This upstate getaway keeps kids entertained off the slopes as well, with the largest snow tubing park in New York State 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. (Hunter, NY huntermtn.com).

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Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Hancock, MA

Travel time: 2 hrs and 30 mins by car

This little Berkshire jewel hits the jackpot for families with its ski-in, ski-out lodge at the base of the mountain, plus top-notch full- or half-day kids' programs of various levels. 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, 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. (Hancock, MA jiminypeak.com).

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Camelback Mountain Resort - Tannersville, PA

Travel time: 1 hr and 30 min 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, and affordable 90-minute group lessons help visitors of all ages perfect their turns. This is one of the best places near NYC for kids' ski lessons, as the resort offers private lessons, half-day beginner lessons, 90-minute lessons and other options to help your kid master the slopes. The kids will also love taking a break from ski school to go tubing, fly down a zip line, get a rush on the 4,500-foot-long Mountain Coaster or hit up the adventure park. 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. (Tannersville, PA skicamelback.com).

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Mountain Creek - Vernon Township, NJ

Travel time: 1 hr 30 mins 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. 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, 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. For lodging, check out The Appalachian, complete with a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. (Vernon, NJ mountaincreek.com).

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