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The best ski resorts near NYC

These ski resorts near NYC deliver, whether you want a one-day trip to the slopes or a week-long mountain escape

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Here’s when you need to hit up ski resorts near NYC: When winter hits and the city snow is gray and slushy and the ice-skating rinks become just as crowded as Times Square. That’s when those nearby lush, white mountaintops look their prettiest. Adrenaline-junkie seasoned skiers and snowboarders and even newcomers to the bunny slopes could all do with an escape from New York. Sometimes a day trip does the job, but how good do week-long winter getaways sound? These ski resorts are all within driving distance from the city and promise a winter wonderland for skiing and snowboarding.

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Best ski resorts near NYC

Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville, PA

Two hours away

Even the Shaun Whites and Lindsey Vonns of the world had to start somewhere, and this easily reachable Poconos spot is a great place to test your chops on 34 snowmaker-covered trails. First-timers should check out the Learn to Ski package ($80–$100 for a 90-minute lesson, lift ticket and rentals) to get comfortable on the 13 nice-and-easy green runs. And while the eight "advanced" (but often short and crowded) slopes are no match for hard-core skiers, boarders should fare better with the 20-acre revamped terrain park ($10 pass), which features a 50-square-foot air bag so you can try out Winter X tricks with a soft landing. Either way, no one can complain about the resort's extended hours: Every single trail is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, when the tubing park (Mon–Fri six hours $25; Sat, Sun three hours $35; with lift ticket $12) also stays open until 9pm.

Mon–Thu 9am–9pm, Fri 9am–10pm, Sat 8:30am–10pm, Sun 8:30am–9pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $53, weekends and holidays $67. Equipment rental: day $39, night $29. 90-minute group lesson $35.

Getting there: OvRride (347-559-1787, ovrride.com; $50–$155) offers day trips to Camelback that include a round-trip bus ride from several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, free bagels on the way there and beer on the return, and the option to add lift ticket, lessons and/or equipment rental.

Where to stay:

SAVE Eleven of the rooms at the Days Inn Tannersville (Hill Lodge Rd, Tannersville, PA; 570-629-1667, daysinntannersville.com; $80 per night and up) boast perfect-for-aprs-ski Jacuzzis; all 72 include a Continental breakfast and are just three miles from the mountain.

SPLURGE Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Chateau Resort (300 Camelback Rd, Tannersville, PA; 800-245-5900, chateauresort.com; $134 per night and up) offers 152 modern rooms—including 39 loft-style, bi-level suites–and views of the Poconos. Thaw out and ease slope-weary muscles in the poolside Jacuzzi or the sauna before dining by the fire.

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Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY

Two hours away

Considering the breadth of winter sports offered at this Catskills destination, it's a wonder that nightlife-loving visitors have any energy left to party. Of course, the main draw is the mountain, where you'll find New York State's first six-seater chairlift delivering riders to the 56 snowmaker-covered trails. Three distinct mountain areas offer something for everyone, from the nine easy greens of Hunter One to the six runs of Hunter West, which are often enter-at-your-own-risk mogul trails. The newly expanded Empire Terrain Park, located on Hunter's Park Avenue and Lower Broadway trails, offers plenty of jumps, boxes and rails for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. If the weekend crowds become unmanageable (and they often do), there are plenty of other diversions, including a nine-lane snow-tube park (two hours $30), nearby cross-country skiing through Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center (518-589-5361, mtntrails.com; pass and rentals $18–$20 each)and even horseback rides through the surrounding snow-blanketed terrain, led by Bear Creek Restaurant & Recreational Park (518-263-3839, bearcreekrestaurant.com; 30 minutes $50, one hour $60). Just don't miss Hunter's SkyRider zipline tour ($119)—the longest and highest in North America—for an exhilarating glide down the mountain at speeds close to 50 mph.

Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8:30am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $70, weekends and holidays $80. Equipment rental: full day $40, helmet $10. One-hour group lesson $35.

Getting there: There are no less than a dozen different NYC-to-Hunter bus trips available, including OvRride's (347-559-1787, ovrride.com) good-value, $60 round-trip option which pays for your lift ticket.

Where to stay:

SAVE Not only are the 11 rooms at Mountain View Lodge (8294 Rte 23A, Hunter, NY; 518-263-4422, mvlodge.com; $50 per night and up) cheerful (and arguably much cleaner than your apartment), a complimentary Continental breakfast is thrown in.

SPLURGE Most of the spiffy studios and suites at Kaatskill Mountain Club (62 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY; 800-486-8376, kaatskillmtnclub.com; $250–$800 per night) come with fully equipped kitchens, meaning the only time you'll have to leave is to take advantage of its ski-in/ski-out access or to relax in one of the upscale property's two outdoor hot tubs.

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Windham Mountain, Windham, NY

Two hours away

This Catskills ski area offers Friday and Saturday night-skiing until 8pm on eight of its 49 trails (the ten-lane snow-tubing park stays open just as late; two-hour session $20, four-hour session $25), ensuring that you'll spend less time traveling to the mountain and more time on it. While terrain ranges from 12 novice-appropriate trails to seven satisfyingly steep double-black runs, nearly half the runs are rated intermediate, making the mountain a great place for those who know what they're doing but want to avoid frequent face-plants. Meanwhile, venturesome riders and free-skiers will enjoy the five terrain parks–particularly the can't-miss Big Air Bag (pass $10), an enormous inflatable cushion that allows you to practice jumps like a professional stuntperson. Powder fiends, take note: The resort's First Tracks program gets you skiing the 267-acre mountain with a guide before the lifts open to the public ($15, reservations required). Mon–Thu 9am–4pm; Fri 9am–8pm; Sat 8am–8pm; Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $75, weekends and holidays $85. Equipment rental: day $45, night $30. 105-minute group lesson $40.

Getting there: There are several bus packages available through Windham (windhammountain.com/groups-weddings/tour-operators), including Island Ski Tours' Windham Shuttle ($55), which departs from the Grand Hyatt Hotel next to Grand Central Terminal; add-ons are available.

Where to stay:

SAVE Rooms at the budget-friendly Cave Mountain Motel (10978 Rte 23, Windham, NY; 518-734-3161, cavemountainmotel.com; $70–$90 per night) have a lived-in, country-cabin appeal. A basic complimentary Continental breakfast served each morning by the kitchen's wood-burning stove (and the fact that the motel is just one-and-a-half miles from the mountain) only sweetens the deal.

SPLURGE Choose between standard hotel rooms and one- to two-bedroom condos at the Winwood Inn (5220 Rte 23, Windham, NY; 518-734-3000, windhammountain.com; $129–$629 per night) and you'll get access to the free mountain shuttle, not to mention a rec room stocked with throwback video games and a foosball table.

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Thunder Ridge, Patterson, NY

Two hours away

Just a short trek away from the city is this family-friendly ski resort that offers something for every member of the family, even kids and grandparents, so it’s perfect for those big group getaways. The mountain’s 22 trails will keep novice skiers safe and adventurous skiers happy and challenged. Check out the newly-revamped terrain park to flex your skills, or retreat to the cozy lodge after your first lesson.

Mon-Fri 10am-9pm; Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 9am-5pm. Lift tickets: full day $52, Fridays $40. Equipment rental: $39, helmets $10. 75-minute group lesson $40.

Getting there: Take the Metro-North Ski Train from Grand Central to Patterson, NY, and receive a free shuttle from Patterson to Thunder Ridge with the purchase of the Thunder Ski package ($62). Package deals and add-ons available.

Where to stay:

SAVE Retire from your day on the mountain in the Holiday Inn (80 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT; 203-792-4000, igh.com, from $89 per night) with a Thunder Ridge Ski and Stay special rate that include a fireside mug of cocoa and special breakfast ($115).

SPLURGE Select a Metro-North Overnight Ski and Stay Package at the Hilton Garden Inn (119 Mill Plain Road, Danbury, CT; 203-205-2000, $120 per night and up) and receive transportation to and from the mountain, a stocked kitchen and cozy bed to help you recover from your day on the slopes, and breakfast for two in the Garden Grille.

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Mountain Creek, Vernon, NJ

Two hours away

New Jersey’s all-season resort is a Manhattanite’s easiest answer for a day trip on the slopes. Mountain Creek is the state’s largest ski and snowboard area with four mountain peaks to be enjoyed by snow-lovers of all skill levels. Choose from one of three terrain parks or 46 trails, or venture out at night for a moonlit ride. Over a thousand snow guns keep the terrain covered and ready to shred from the first to last day of your stay. It’s also the NJ place to be for ski racing; it’s home to the region’s largest USSA racing venue. Don’t miss the zipline tour ($70) to take in views from nearly 2,000 feet up, and you can even rent a GoPro to capture your ride. 2016-17 hours TBA. Lift tickets: $75. Twilight hours 3pm-close: $60. Equipment rental: $50. 90-minute group lesson $120.

Getting there: The NYC SnowBus (917-524-2421, nycsnowbus.com) makes the 47-mile trip from Union Square ($85 with lift ticket included).

Where to stay:

SAVE Pick a no-frills room at the Appalachian Motel (367 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ; 973-764-6070, appalachianmotel.com; $70 per night and up) when you plan to soak up all the time you can on the slopes.

SPLURGE Stay slope-side and enjoy direct access to the mountain at the Appalachian & Black Creek Sanctuary (200 State Rt 94, Vernon, NJ; $169-324 per night), where you can book studio, one- or two-bedroom condos that feature heated pools year-round, hot tubs, and a rustic-inspired decor and vibe.

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Belleayre Mountain, Highmount, NY

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 $54, weekends and holidays $66. Equipment rental: half-day $42, full-day $47. 90-minute group lesson $33.

Getting there: Adirondack Trailways bus line (800-858-8555, trailwaysny.com; Mon, Fri–Sun) offers a weekend $103 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; $159 per night and up) 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).

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Catamount, Hillsdale, NY

Three hours away

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 après-ski buzz. Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Wed till 8pm; weekends and holidays 8:30am-10pm. Lift tickets: weekday $36, night $36; weekends and holidays $66. Equipment rental: day $48, night $36. 90-minute group lesson $45.

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 $108) 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.

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.

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Mohawk Mountain, Cornwall, CT

Three hours away

A great option for a daily trip or short weekend getaways, Mohawk Mountain will keep beginners feeling safe and sound and excited to learn the ropes, while still offering the trail space and steep slopes to keep a more seasoned skier satisfied. From the 3,000-foot summit tower and points below, skiers and boarders can look forward to a range of difficulty and plenty of places to work on their shred game. Uphillers and snowshoers are welcome to trek too!

Mon-Fri 9:30am-10pm, Sat 8:30am-10pm, Sun 8:30am-4pm. Lift tickets: midweek $30, weekends $62. Equipment rental: $42, helmet $12. 75-minute group lesson: $30

Getting there: It’s roughly a three-hour trip from the city by car, with no major transport hubs along the way. Your best bet it a friend with wheels or a rental. Ample parking is available at the mountain.

Where to stay:

SAVE A little ways down the road but at an unbeatable price point, pick the Days Inn Torrington (492 E Main St, Torrington, CT; 860-496-0811, wyndhamhotels.com; $69 per night and up) to relax, unwind and enjoy free breakfast daily.

SPLURGE The Amselhaus (6 Rug Road, Cornwall, CT; 860-248-3155, $175-200 per night) is the perfect place to recover from a day on the slopes, with cozy beds, private entrances and a fully-equipped kitchen for every suite. Stunning views at sunrise and sunset complement the trip.

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Jiminy Peak Mountain

Three hours away

This 167-acre ski area nestled in northwestern Massachusetts offers 45 runs that are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, plus a nighttime ski session for the latecomers or those who want to ride all night. What sets Jiminy Peak apart is its commitment to being green, as it’s the only resort in all of North America that uses wind turbines to create energy on the self-contained mountain village. It’s family-friendly and great for groups, giving novices plenty of options to learn and grow, but there are also a few steep, advanced trails and terrain parks for the more advanced trip-takers.

Mon-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sun 8:30am-10pm. Lift tickets: $74, holidays $81 Equipment rental: $42, helmets $10. 80-minute group lesson $55.

Getting there:It’s under three hours by car from NYC, and there are bus options but they won’t get you there easily—rent some wheels or bring the friend with the car for this trip.

Where to stay:

SAVE The Country Inn (37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA; 413-738-5500; $125-175) is prime for one-night or extended stays, featuring comfy amenities, a heated pool and whirlpool, and delicious meals to be had at John Harvard’s Restaurant after you work up your appetite on the mountain.

SPLURGE Country Village (37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA; 413-738-5500; $169-229) has two- and three-bedroom vacation homes that are complete cottages perfect for sleeping multiple vacationers and accommodating all your gear.

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Mount Snow, West Dover, VT

Four hours away

The closest big Vermont mountain, Mount Snow has more going for it than mere proximity to NYC: It offers 80 trails spread across four mountain faces in the gorgeous Green Mountain National Forest and, in addition to 467 skiable acres of developed terrain, all of the woods within the resort's boundaries are open for tree-skiing. A whopping 40 intermediate runs make it a great choice for confident-but-leisurely shredders. While first-timers will appreciate gentle slopes, like the popular three-mile Long John trail, adrenaline junkies needn't feel left out—there's plenty of ungroomed tree terrain on North Face and, in the consistently top-ranked Carinthia (the only all-terrain-park mountain face in the east), ten parks full of rails, jumps and pipes. If you're still looking for thrills after the lifts stop running at 4pm, consider some evening tubing at Mount Snow's ten-lane park (open 10am-6pm daily; two-hour and full-day passes available) or opt for a snowmobile tour through the pristine forest at dusk (800-627-7533, snowmobile-tours.com; one hour $90–$100).

Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $33 and up, weekends and holidays $51 and up. Equipment rental: full-day $41. Two-hour group lesson $99.

Getting there: A round-trip ticket with OvRride (347-559-1787, ovrride.com) costs just $80, including your lift ticket; buses depart from several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Where to stay:

SAVE At the homey 24-room B&B Big Bears Lodge (344 Rte 100, West Dover, VT; 800-388-5591, bigbearslodge.com; $80–$220 per night), you can fill up on hearty country fare like homemade blueberry pancakes, French toast and bacon before hopping on the free shuttle for the quarter-mile ride to the lifts. The quad rooms, starting at $160 per night, are a budget-friendly group option.

SPLURGE You can't get any closer to the slopes than at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel (89 Mountain Rd, West Dover, VT; 800-462-4780; $343–$623), a full-service ski-in/ski-out beauty at the base of the mountain. Nearly half of the 198 rooms and suites feature kitchenettes and all have access to the health club and a luxe spa for post-ski pampering.

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Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, VT

Four hours away

Even well-traveled snow snobs can't complain about the top-notch grooming and quality of the white stuff at this south-central Vermont favorite. High-powered snow guns cover 96 percent of the 119 trails and glades that span the resort's five mountains, and with terrain evenly divided among novice, intermediate and advanced levels, there's something for everyone (including stunt-loving boarders, who can perform tricks on six terrain parks and a 500-foot-long superpipe). Those looking for more of a cardio challenge shouldn't miss the extensive network of sweat-inducing trails, manicured especially for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing (combination equipment–trail pass $37). But the best—and easiest—way to get your heart pumping might be a ride on the resort's new Timber Ripper roller-coaster ($9–$13), which zooms along the mountain's snow-covered contours at speeds of up 25 miles per hour and includes a hair-raising 375-foot vertical descent. Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $72, weekends and holidays $81. Equipment rental: full-day $53. Two-hour group lesson: beginner $68-75

Getting there: Day-trippers can hop on Snowboard Escape's (646-345-3649, snowboardescapes.com) fleet of buses, which depart from Chelsea every Saturday; the $100 round-trip fee includes your lift ticket.

Where to stay:

SAVE Cash-strapped groups will appreciate the Timber Inn Motel (112 Rte 103 South, Ludlow, VT; 802-228-8666, timberinnmotel.com; $79–$279 per night). Many of the 18 basic rooms sleep up to five people, and a two-bedroom apartment can accommodate six ($179–$399). Widespread wood paneling makes a stay here feel like a throwback to sleepaway camp—one with a hot tub and sauna.

SPLURGE The 300 modern, country-chic rooms, studios and condos at Jackson Gore Village (480 Ranta Rd, Ludlow, VT; 866-538-0187, okemo.com; $298–$1,500 per night) are mere steps from the lifts, making the afternoon trek back to its heated outdoor pool, ski storage and in-house tavern a breeze.

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Stratton, VT

Four hours away

Stratton might boast the highest peak in Southern Vermont—making for some sick steep runs—but with 36 of its 92 trails designated green and 41 novice, it's a great choice for neophyte snow bunnies too. Plus, thanks to its four high-speed lifts, everyone spends less time waiting in line (and more time carving down the well-groomed slopes) than at other area resorts. That's especially good news for snowboarders, who have six top-rated terrain parks at their disposal, including the home of the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. If you and your buddies can pull yourself away from the 625 acres of skiable terrain, there's plenty more winter fun to be had nearby: Try the on-mountain tubing park (one hour $20) or guided snowshoeing tours (90 minutes plus rental $60), or cruise around the shops and restaurants of the picturesque base village.

Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8:30am–4pm. Lift tickets: weekdays $39-90, weekends and holidays $50-90. Equipment rental: weekdays full-day $34, weekends and holidays full-day $40.

105-minute group lesson: beginner $79 midweek, $89 weekends and holidays plus lift tickets.

Getting there: OvRride (347-559-1787, ovrride.com) will get you there and back for $80, including your lift ticket, on Saturdays. Adventure Northeast (917-861-1800, adventurenortheast.com; round-trip $149) runs a daily bus service from the Upper West Side.

Where to stay:

SAVE
Yes, the Liftline Lodge (Stratton Mountain Rd, Stratton Mountain, VT; 800-787-2886, stratton.com; $59–$329) has seen better days, but for a centrally located place to rest your head at night—in the middle of Stratton's base village, just a stroll to the slopes—it can't be beat.

SPLURGE Just a five-minute walk from the lifts is Long Trail House (5 Village Lodge Rd, Stratton Mountain, VT; 800-787-2886, stratton.com; $119–$749), a collection of well-appointed studios and one- to four-bedroom condos, each equipped with a full kitchen and gas fireplace, along with hotel-caliber amenities like a guest concierge.

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Killington, VT

Killington, VT

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 (802-775-0166, xcskiing.net; trail pass and rentals $19 each), guided snowmobiling (802-422-2121, killingtonsnowmobiletours.com; one hour $99, double snowmobile $139) and the town's lively aprs-ski scene.

Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Lift tickets: $105, discounts available with online booking. Equipment rental: full-day $55, helmet $15. 2 hour group lessons $75.

Getting there: OvRide (347-559-1787, ovrride.com) will get you there with breakfast and back with refreshments for $70, including lift ticket ($130 weekends). Multiple departure areas around Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Where to stay:

SAVE Four miles from the slopes, the 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).

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.

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington, NY

Five hours away

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 are 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 $92. Equipment rental: full-day $53. 90-minute group lesson with lift ticket $129.

Getting there: Adirondack Trailways (800-255-6815, trailwaysny.com; round-trip $119) offers bus service to Lake Placid, but expect a few stops along the 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; 518-946-2302, ledgerockatwhiteface.com; $79–$179 per night) wasn't enough, the hotel's 15 spacious rooms have access to a communal great room and, more important, its hospitality bar is stocked with coffee, cider and cookies.

SPLURGE Each of the 30 cabins, cottages and suites at the beyond-luxurious Lake Placid Lodge (144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, NY; 877-301-8485, 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.

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Comments

7 comments
Jules M
Jules M

How about an update this site was posted 2011

Jules M
Jules M

How about an update this was posted 2011

Chloe D
Chloe D

I'm travelling to New York in late December 2015. I'd like to go skiing for a week somewhere that has good intermediate skiing and that's not crowded. Would welcome some suggestions please?

perturbed
perturbed

I recently went to camelback. It started out ok until I found out on my 4th day there that they have an explorer card for kids ages 3-12, includes 3 day lift tix, rentals and lessons for kids. Granted I am partially to blame for not finding out about it ahead of time but I specifically went to guest services and asked what kind of packages they had and they never once mentioned the explorer crad - even when I told them on Thursday I would be ther until Sunday. The skiing was ok. Most lifts were closed except for 2 quads and 1 or 2 beginner lifts. SUNDAY was packed. during the week is the time to go.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Windham Mountain seems friendlier than Hunter on the weekends, and the ski and snowboard instruction is awesome. I think it has one of the premiere training programs in the nation.

Greg
Greg

This article neglects to mention ski areas ONE HOUR from New York City! There are a few including Mount Peter in Warwick, New York. Mount Peter is a beginner and family oriented mountain with 100% snow making and night skiing/riding capabilities. We are known as "The Friendly One." Check us out on Facebook and Twitter and take some time to come visit! See you soon!

Fernando Raphael (Brazil)
Fernando Raphael (Brazil)

I have worked at Kaatskill Mountain Club. It is a fantastic hotel and I really suggest to stay over there! I am from BH and I hope be back soon to Hunter! www.kaatskillmtnclub.com