New York State ski resorts

When you need a snowy escape, here are the Northeast's most wintry wonderlands.


Less than 100 miles from NYC
100-200 miles from NYC
200-300 miles from NYC
300-400 miles from NYC
400+ miles from NYC

Less than 100 miles from NYC

Holiday Mountain, Monticello, NY (holidaymtn.com)


TRAILS:
2 Beginner, 3 Intermediate, 2 Very difficult
If you’re daunted by the goggle-clad throngs and mind-boggling array of trails at large resorts, flee to this humble Catskills joint, which is a mere 90-minute drive from NYC. Its nine varied slopes never get too crowded, are frequently groomed and lack distractions like a thudding pop soundtrack so you can actually focus on staying upright while using the rope tow. Post-skiing, round out the day with tubing ($15) and ice skating ($10). The resort’s best deals include a four-day ticket ($120), which is usable anytime and a funny Wednesday special termed “Carload Night,” where prices decrease in proportion to the amount of people you have in your automobile (one person is $25, six or more are $10 apiece). And if your buddies can all pack into your dad’s minivan, it should be no problem to cram them into the nearby Best Western Monticello (16 Raceway Rd, Monticello, NY; 845-796-4000, bestwestern.com). One of its tidy yet humdrum rooms will only set you back $95–$125 a night. After the discomfiture of sleeping three abreast, amble over to the cozy nook of Mr. Willy’s Restaurant (corner of Rte 42 and Sackett Lake Rd, Monticello, NY; 845-794-0888, mrwillys.com) for some salmon kiev whipped up by Bill “Mr. Willy” Sipos himself.
Tue–Thu 1–9pm; Fri noon–9pm; Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 9am–5pm. Adults $25–$40. Season pass: $249. Four lifts (two surface, one double, one quad). 400' vertical.

Mount Peter, Warwick, NY (mtpeter.com)


TRAILS:
4 Beginner, 4 Intermediate, 3 Very difficult
Located some four miles from the New Jersey border, Mount Peter makes an excellent option for those who don’t feel like trekking all the way up to Canada for some decent schushing. Tucked away on the Appalachian Trail, its eleven slightly challenging runs are blanketed by surprisingly good snow and the friendly staff won’t throw you tude when you ask for different poles. If you lack wheels, buses from Port Authority will speed you to Greenwood Lake, a stop on the Warwick line, where a shuttle from quaint bed-and-breakfast Antons on the Lake (7 Waterstone Rd Greenwood Lake, Warwick, NY; 845-477-0010, antonsonthelake.com. From $89.50 per person per night, ski and stay) will pick you up and deposit you at the inn, which is less than a mile from the slopes. Bargain hounds should arrive after 5pm on Saturday nights, when latecomers can get a 2-for-1 lift ticket deal. Near the resort, grab some English beef stew ($9) or a tasty omelette ($4) at Yesterdays Restaurant (29 Main St, Warwick, NY; 845-986-1904, yesterdaysnet.com).
Mon–Thu 9am–9pm; Fri 9am–10pm; Sat 8:30am–10pm; Sun 8:30am–5pm. Adults $39 (night $15). Season pass: $349 (midweek pass $249). One terrain park. Four lifts (three surface, one rope-tow). 450' vertical.

Thunder Ridge, Patterson, NY (thunderridgeski.com)


TRAILS:
13 Beginner, 7 Intermediate, 15 Very difficult
This mid-Hudson retreat is a quick hop from the city: Just catch the frequent Metro-North trains departing from Grand Central ($44 for round-trip train fare and lift ticket), and swoosh into the evening session ($18–$23, not available Sundays). You can rent a board here ($25–$30), but you’re responsible for bringing your own thunder to this modest, wallet-friendly peak. For folks who want to spend the entire weekend, SpringHill Suites by Marriott (30 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT; 203-744-7333, springhillsuites.com)—located just 12 miles from the mountain—features reasonable rates and a heated indoor pool. Its weekend ski package ($89 per room, for up to four people) gets you $5 off each lift ticket and free shuttle service to the mountain. Kelly’s Corner (1625 Rte 22, Brewster, NY; 845-278-4297), a nearby pub that caters to both locals and tourists, stocks everything shoestring travelers need to survive, such as baskets of wings, nachos and juicy burgers. Vegetarians may have to content themselves with pinecones and snow.
Mon–Fri 10am–9pm; Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 9am–5pm. Adults $35–$48. Season pass: $249. Three lifts (one double, one tripple, one beginner). 500' vertical.

Less than 100 miles from NYC  |  100-200 miles from NYC
200-300 miles from NYC  |  300-400 miles from NYC
400+ miles from NYC

100–200 miles from NYC

Belleayre Mountain, Highmount, NY (belleayre.com)


TRAILS:
13 Beginner, 24 Intermediate, 9 Very difficult, 6 Extremely difficult
Ideal for procrastinators and folks lacking Zipcar memberships, this state-owned playground sponsors single-day round-trip excursions from Port Authority ($68; includes bus, all-day lift ticket and a beginners’ lesson for those 8 years of age and older). Artificial snowmaking covers 96 percent of the terrain and the half-pipe was recently widened, making Belleayre one of the best escapes for city dwellers due to its proximity, size and rates. What’s more, the freshly minted Super Chief quad ski lift will zoom you back to the top of the mountain, so you can make the most of your time here. What more do you need besides a bed, cable and a fridge? The quaint but comfortable Northland Motel & Restaurant (1261 Main St, Fleischmanns, NY; 845-254-5125, northlandmotel.com) provides these essentials, along with midweek ski-and-stay hotel packages ($49–$79 per person). Just pick up a voucher from the lodge or any other participating inn and present it at Belleayre to get a discount (from a two-day midweek ticket for $62 to a three-day weekend ticket for $100). Then fritter away your extra cash at Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room (8373 State Rte 28, Big Indian, NY; 845-254-6500, peekamooserestaurant.com), a restored country farmhouse in the Catskills that’s probably the only place upstate to score a Brooklyn Pilsner or Brooklyn Lager ($4.50 each).
9am–4pm daily. Adults $30–$48 (students $29–$38). Season pass: $726 ($199 with college ID). Two terrain parks and a half pipe. Eight lifts (three surface, two double, one triple, two quad [one high-speed]). 1,400' vertical.

Catamount, Hillsdale, NY (catamountski.com)


TRAILS:
10 Beginner, 10 Intermediate, 11 Very difficult, 1 Extremely difficult
Straddling the Massachusetts–New York border, Catamount supports a nice terrain park with room for jumps, rails and boxes for freestylers to mess around on, and offers early night skiing ($24–$32) beginning at 3pm. A quirky, comfortable place to rest your head is the nine-room Silvanus Lodge (9350 State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY; 518-325-3000, silvanuslodge.com. Midweek ski package for $80–$125 per person). Folks with a hankering for some barn-made beer ($4.50 per pint, $18 per pitcher) should hit the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant (420 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA; 413-528-8282, barringtonbrewery.net). If wine is more to your liking, sidle up to casual jazz and piano bar Castle Street Cafe (10 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA; 413-528-5244), where you can nosh on linguine provençale ($14) and grilled Cornish game hen ($22).
Daily 9am–4pm. Adults $20–$52. Season pass: $379 ($199 with college ID). One terrain park and a half-pipe. Six lifts (two surface, two double, one triple, one quad). 1,000' vertical.

Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY (huntermtn.com)


TRAILS:
16 Beginner, 14 Intermediate, 17 Very difficult, 8 Extremely difficult
The self-proclaimed snowmaking capitol of the world will certainly have its work cut out for itself this unseasonably warm season. But the big and challenging trails should still make veteran downhillers perspire. The midweek Play and Stay deals at the slopeside Kaatskill Mountain Club ($99 per person per night ) and at Liftside Village Condominiums ($89 per person per night) provide compelling reasons to skip a few days of work. When you need a protein fix, mosey on over to the Bear Creek Restaurant (Route 214 at Route 23A, Hunter, NY; 518-263-3839, bearcreekrestaurant.com) for a half-rack of hickory-smoked spareribs—the perfect cold-weather food ($17).
Daily 8:30am–4pm. Adults $53–$59 (young adults ages 13–22, $46–$53). Season pass: $899 (young adults $699). 11 lifts (one surface, five double, two triple, three quad [one high-speed]). 1,600' vertical.

Maple Ski Ridge, Schenectady, NY (mapleskiridge.com)


TRAILS:
2 Beginner, 3 Intermediate, 3 Very difficult
The staff at MSR might let you take your time in their ample terrain park, but they don’t take American Express. For that matter, they don’t take any credit cards period. But the humble resort’s environmentally friendly snowmaking equipment keeps at least 95 percent of the mountain covered with powder at all times, so it’s worth your cash. After hitting the ATM, bring some friends and stay at the always-dependable Holiday Inn Schenectady (100 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY; 518-393-4141, hischenectady.com. $102.75–$138.20).
Tue–Thu 3–9pm; Fri 3–9pm; Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 9am–4pm. Adults $21–$29. No season pass. Four lifts (two surface, one double, one triple). 450' vertical.

Plattekill Mountain, Roxbury, NY(plattekill.com)


TRAILS:
4 Beginner, 18 Intermediate, 7 Very difficult, 6 Extremely difficult
Touting itself as “big mountain terrain with small mountain charm,” this family-run outfit averages about 200 inches of white stuff per season. Fans of blow-up toys can take advantage of its tubing runs ($14–$19, season $59) and for those sick of strangers mucking up winter vacations by hogging lifts and getting in the way, you can rent the mountain ($2,500 for up to 250 people) during the middle of the week. If you crave tons of ungroomed snow, Plattekill also hosts Powder Daize, when the resort opens the day after a blizzard of one foot or more (midweek only). Post-skiing, refuel with cheap local fare by inhaling the half-pound burger ($6) at the T-Bar Saloon and Restaurant (50500 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY; 607-326-7500, thetbarsaloon.com). Then check into such thrifty inns as the Colonial Motel (37283 State Highway 23, Grand Gorge, NY; 607-588-6122, colonialmotel.biz. $65–$95), Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm (1 Bragg Hallow Road, Halcottsville, NY; 607-326-4266, pleasantpheasantfarm.com. $75–$150 per room based on double occupancy and includes two lift tickets) or the Pine Hill Arms Hotel & Restaurant (288 Main St, Pine Hill, NY; 800-932-2446, pinehillarms.com. $85–$125 per night).
Fri–Sun 8:45am–4:15pm. Adults $30–$48 (students $20–$38). Two terrain parks. Three lifts (one surface, one double, one triple). 1,100' vertical.

Windham Mountain, Windham, NY (windhammountain.com)


TRAILS:
13 Beginner, 17 Intermediate, 8 Very difficult, 8 Extremely difficult
Our high-school ski club used to periodically visit this Catskills behemoth. The only thing we remember is a lot of falling, rolling and dejection. It’s probably much more fun if you have some skiing skills. Advanced hotdoggers looking to catch some air can hop on Windham Mountain’s 510-foot half-pipe; tubing ($12–$22, including tube rental) and ice skating ($5 per session, $5 rental) should please peeps fond of tamer pastimes. Though the spacious Winwood Inn’s (220 Route 23, Windham, NY; 518-734-3000) midweek ski package includes a lift pass and nightly stays for $79.50 per person, we have a better idea for pocketing away cash: Kids under 13 can stay for free, so twentysomethings, shave, braid your hair, rub peanut butter all over your face to induce acne and whine a lot to skip the bill. If you travel about a mile from the slopes to the Kopper Kettle Motel, you’ll find a familiar-sounding themey restaurant, The Brooklyn Bridge (intersection of Rtes 23 and 296, Windham, NY; 518-734-3575) and a massive 10-ounce rib eye ($13).
Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Adults $39–$61 (Thu–Sat nights 4–9pm, $15–$31). Season pass: $1,260 (students with ID and letter from bursar’s office, $249). Six terrain parks. Ten lifts (three surface, one double, four triple, two high-speed quad). 1,600' vertical.

Less than 100 miles from NYC  |  100-200 miles from NYC
200-300 miles from NYC  |  300-400 miles from NYC
400+ miles from NYC

200–300 miles from NYC:

Gore Mountain, North Creek, NY (goremountain.com)


TRAILS:
10 Beginner, 37 Intermediate, 23 Very difficult, 4 Extremely difficult
The resort’s spanking-new Northwoods Lodge—which now houses the Kids Klub children’s program, day care and equipment rentals—was built in conjunction with Lincoln Logs. Although we were a bit disappointed to realize that the partnership didn’t actually mean that the place was built out of the popular children’s toys, we still found the fact of the company’s involvement to be pretty awesome. When you tire of hot cocoa and mini skis, Gore also offers snow tubing ($16 for two hours) and a terrain park with quarter-pipes for boarders.The cheapest weekend lift-and-lodging deal is at the Blue Mountain Rest (325 Blue Mtn. Lake Road, Blue Mountain Lake, NY; 845-236-4071, bluemountainrest.com), which charges $142 per person (based on two-person occupancy) for two nights’ accommodation and two days of skiing. Situated right on Blue Mountain Lake, smack in the middle of the Adirondacks, the scenic hotel truly feels like a pristine joint. To complete your rustic weekend, head to the Garnet Hill Lodge (13th Lake Road, North River, NY; 518-251-2444, garnet-hill.com) for some Galway Bay pork chops ($16) or fish-and-chips ($15). Afterward, enjoy good conversation with the Irish proprietors over a beer at the lodge’s bar.
Daily 8:30am–4pm. Adults $57–$66. Season pass: $625–$849 (young adults ages 13–22, $299–$429). One terrain park and a ski bowl. 11 lifts (three surface, three double, two triple, two quad, one gondola). 2,100' vertical.

Greek Peak, Cortland, NY (greekpeak.net)


TRAILS:
12 Beginner, 9 Intermediate, 10 Very difficult
Rocky Greek outcroppings haven’t been this much fun since Thermopylae. Okay, the largest ski area in central New York isn’t really Greek, but it makes up for it with some steep runs and quality grooming. Our only complaint about the place is its slow lifts, so if you get antsy, this might not be an ideal destination. Area ski-and-stay packages—all in privately-owned domiciles—start at $93 per person per night (based on double occupancy and two-nights’ stay). Call 800-955-2754 to arrange lodging at one of these, or wax rustic at the nearby cabins ($135 per room weekends) of Virgil Resorts (2175 S Rte 392, Cortland, NY; 631-730-8839). Mon–Thu 9:30am–9pm; Fri 9:30am–10pm; Sat 8:30am–10pm; Sun 8:30am–9pm. Adults $27–$56. Season pass: $449 (students $269). Eight lifts (five surface, two double, one triple). 952' vertical.

Labrador Mountain, Truxton, NY (labradormtn.com)


TRAILS:
5 Beginner, 8 Intermediate, 9 Very difficult
Monday and Tuesday nights are “college night,” where youths with a valid university ID can ski for $15 after 4:30pm. So, bros, don’t forget the cheap beer and questionable decision-making skills, because they will come in handy when you stay at the Country Inns and Suites by Carlson (3707 Rte 281, Cortland, NY; 607-753-8300, countryinns.com. $96–$174.50).
Mon–Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–4:30pm. Adults $38 (nights $23). Season pass: $363 (students $200). Four lifts (one surface, two double, one triple). 700' vertical.

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington, NY (whiteface.com)


TRAILS:
16 Beginner, 31 Intermediate, 24 Very difficult, 3 Extremely difficult
Extremely mountainous even in comparison to its craggy brethren (and with the largest vertical drop in the northeast), Whiteface was expansive enough to be elected the alpine skiing site of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Today, you can spend the entire winter here and still not get through all of the trails. Ones not to miss are the Bear Super Pipe, Kid’s Park on Bronze or the Slides. Take a breather at the Northwoods Inn (2520 Main St, Lake Placid, NY; 866-294-7171, northwoodsinn.com), where the choose-your-own-weekend ski adventure deal goes for $109 per person per night during a Thursday-to-Saturday stay. Cheap food and a little man with a large sombrero playing the accordion on the menu at nearby Desperados (2090 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY; 518-523-1507, mexiquinn.com) were enough to win us over, but the Gringo Grande—a piece of hickory-smoked rib art—should be enough for everyone else. Also try the Hungry Trout Restaurant (5239 Rte 86, Wilmington, NY; 518-946-2217) for some fresh river catch, like the Rainbow Trout Grand Marnier ($23).
Daily 8:30am–4pm. Adults $56–$72. Season pass: $649–$2,200 (young adults $429). Ten lifts (one surface, five double, one triple, two quad [one high-speed], one gondola). 3,430' vertical.

Less than 100 miles from NYC  |  100-200 miles from NYC
200-300 miles from NYC  |  300-400 miles from NYC
400+ miles from NYC

300–400 miles from NYC:

Brantling, Sodus, NY (brantling.com)


TRAILS:
6 Beginner, 4 Intermediate
There’s nothing more difficult than a blue square here, making this Finger Lakes park a haven for beginners. Even if you’ve graduated from snow plowing, you might stick around for budget accommodations such as the Sodus Point Lodge (8528 Greig St, Sodus Point NY; 315-483-2183, asoduspointlodge.com), which only charges $25 per person per night.
Mon–Thu 4–9pm; Fri 4–10pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–5pm. Adults $30 (nights $25). Season pass: $380. Five surface lifts. 240' vertical.

Bristol Mountain, Canandaigua, NY (bristolmountain.com)


TRAILS:
10 Beginner, 15 Intermediate, 4 Very difficult, 2 Extremely difficult
Friends, Bristol Mountain offers smooth, long runs and, according to their website, the “highest vertical rise of any resort between the Adirondack Mountains and the Rocky Mountains.” Even if you’re not into huge peaks, night skiing ($30 from 4–10pm) and the terrain park—which features a half-pipe, boxes and advanced rails—also make the 305-mile trek from NYC worthwhile. Those on a budget should make a beeline to the Holiday Inn Express (7502 County Rd 42, Victor, NY; 585-672-2100. $186 per double occupancy and includes two lift tickets) and the Inn on the Lake (770 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY; 585-394-7800, theinnonthelake.com) for weekend bargains for $99–$109 per person per double occupancy. Then make a pit stop at the Brown Hound Bistro (Arbor Hill Commons, 6459 State Rte 64, Naples, NY; 585-374-9771, brownhoundbistro.com) for Wild Bill’s Hangover omelette ($7) before getting out of town.
Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm. Adults $48–$54. Season pass: $359–$499. Three terrain parks. Six lifts (one surface, one double, two triple, two quad [one high-speed]). 1,200' vertical.

Cockaigne, Cherry Creek, NY (cockaigne.com)


TRAILS:
6 Beginner, 7 Intermediate, 2 Very difficult
Named after some mythical, medieval fantasy land, Cockaigne is a small, manageable fiefdom that caters to skiers of all abilities. But don’t expect a world-class facility because you won’t find it here. Nevertheless, the throwback park—tricked out with a half-pipe—makes for a fun day trip and proffers a weekend deal, where you can ski from 8:30am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday for just $60. Après-skiing, bunk at the Red Roof Inn (1980 E Main St, Falconer, NY; 716-665-3670), which isn’t exactly the Waldorf-Astoria, but won’t clean you out either, as rooms start at $61 per night.
Tue, Wed 4–10pm; Thu, Fri 1–10pm; Sat 8:30am–10pm; Sun 8:30am–5pm. Adults $24–$34. Season pass: $465. Four lifts (one surface, three double). 430' vertical.

Dry Hill, Watertown, NY (skidryhill.com)


TRAILS:
2 Beginner, 3 Intermediate, 2 Very difficult, 8 Extremely difficult
One of the better of the petite mountains that pepper upstate New York, Dry Hill still doesn’t warrant much more than one day at a time, unless you have a young family in tow (there are only a handful of short trails). Those who disagree with that assessment, however, can purchase their five day-five night ski package for only $99 and grab a room at the Days Inn Watertown (110 Commerce Park Dr, Watertown, NY; 315-782-2700, daysinn.com. From $88).
Tue–Thu 5–10pm; Fri noon–10pm; Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 10am–5pm. Adults $10–$25. Season pass: $225 (night pass $165, snow-tubing pass $99). One tubing hill. Three lifts (two surface, one double). 300' vertical.

Holimont Ski Area, Ellicottville, NY (holimont.com)


TRAILS:
13 Beginner, 13 Intermediate, 26 Very difficult
Located in the charming winter hamlet of Ellicottville, this private ski area guarantees snow coverage (artificial or otherwise) and the possibility of a good time, whether on the mountain or at the nearby shops and eateries. We suggest rooming at the Inn at Holiday Valley (6081 Rt 219-S Ellicottville, NY; 716-699-2336, holidayvalley.com) to take advantage of their Sweet Dreams ski-and-lodging package, which runs $130 per person per night (midweek two-night stay). The deal includes lift tickets for two adults and two free tickets for kids. When you want to leave the tykes behind, the Birdwalk (5816 Rte 242 E, Ellicottville, NY; 716-699-2749, birdwalk.net) provides an expansive single-malt Scotch menu to go with its deep-fried chicken ($10).
Mon–Fri 9:30am–4:20pm; Sat, Sun 8:30am–4:20pm. Adults $42–$50. No season pass. One terrain park and a half-pipe. Nine lifts (one surface, three double, two triple, two quad). 700' vertical.

Kissing Bridge, Glenwood, NY (kbski.com)


TRAILS:
9 Beginner, 13 Intermediate, 8 Very difficult, 5 Extremely difficult
Nothing’s better than some good downhill skiing—unless of course that something is making out. When you can’t lock lips, console yourself with the heaps of natural powder off Lake Erie, which carpet the 37 runs at Kissing Bridge. Snow tubing is available on an adjacent peak at western New York’s largest tubing park ($15). Not the greatest value in the area, the hotels at KB should probably be avoided: We suggest the Oasis Bed & Breakfast (619 E Main St, Springville, NY; 716-592-7001, oasisbnb.com) which ranges from $90–$145 per night.
Mon–Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–8pm. Adults $44–$48 (nights $29). No season pass. One terrain park. Nine lifts (two surface, three double, one triple, two quad). 600' vertical.

Less than 100 miles from NYC  |  100-200 miles from NYC
200-300 miles from NYC  |  300-400 miles from NYC
400+ miles from NYC

400+ miles from NYC:

Peek’n Peak, Clymer, NY (pknpk.com)


TRAILS:
7 Beginner, 14 Intermediate, 6 Very difficult
Too far for a day trip, Peek’n Peak fortunately offers both sledding and tubing (each $18 per three hours), plus snowmobiling and night skiing to keep weekenders entertained. A midweek package incentive ($219) includes a room at Inn at the Peak and Fairway Suite Properties plus two adult lift tickets and free tickets for children 18 years and younger.
Mon–Fri 9:30am–10pm; Sat, Sun 8:30am–10pm. Adult $34–$48 (juniors ages 6 to 18 $24–$36). Season pass: $525 (juniors $299). Three terrain parks and a half pipe. Ten lifts (two surface, two double, six triple). 400' vertical.