New Yorkers have pretty much everything at their fingertips – except ski slopes. While powdery mountains to ski, snowboard or tube down may not be around the block, New Yorkers are still graced with an abundance of snowy, sporty resources close by. Here are the best ski resorts and recreational areas located about three hours or less outside New York City.
Less than three hours from New York City, Hunter Mountain is a four-season resort located in the heart of the Great Northern Catskills in Hunter, New York. The resort features 58 trails and 12 lifts on 240 skiable acres of land comprising three mountains. Hunter Mountain also boasts terrain parks equipped with boxes, rails and jumps. Taking a car or bus is the best way to get here.
Located in the Pocono Mountains in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, Camelback Mountain Resort is less than two hours from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The resort, home to the largest snow-tubing park in the United States, features 34 trails and 16 lifts. Martz Trailways travels from Port Authority Bus Terminal to a pair of locations near the resort.
Situated in the northwestern corner of New Jersey, Mountain Creek Resort is a four-season resort and is the largest ski area in the state. The resort features 46 trails and eight lifts with options for novice, intermediate or expert skiers and snowboarders. There are also a variety of terrain parks filled with rails, boxes and even 50-foot jumps (15 meters). There are plenty of public transportation options to get here.
Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, Jack Frost Mountain and Big Boulder Mountain make up this ski area located approximately three hours from New York City. Jack Frost has 20 trails and nine lifts, while Big Boulder has 15 trails and eight lifts. If you’re itching to hit the slopes, Jack Frost Big Boulder is one of the first ski areas to open in the state each year while others are still preparing for the upcoming season.
Located in the northern section of the Catskill Mountains just three hours from New York City, Windham Mountain Resort boasts 54 trails and 12 lifts over two peaks on 732 total acres (285 trail acreage). The resort has six terrain parks with more than 80 features. Get here by car, bus or train.
Located in the rolling hills of Patterson, New York, Thunder Ridge Ski Area has 22 trails and three lifts for beginners and experts alike. It also has a new and improved terrain park. The resort offers discounts and specials including College Night, Wine & Women Wednesdays and deals for active duty and retired military members. Take the MetroNorth Ski Train to get here if you don’t have a car.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in New York’s Catskills is owned and operated by the state; it’s a less crowded and less expensive option than its privately owned counterparts. Parents can start their smallest snow bunnies on 11 beginner-friendly trails, while they, along with their older children, can tackle Belleayre’s 27 intermediate slopes. Get here via car, train or bus.
Located on the New York-Massachusetts state line just over 100 miles from NYC, Catamount Ski Area is one of the original ski areas in the Berkshire Mountains, founded in 1939. Catamount boasts 36 trails – 13 green circle, 16 blue square, seven black diamond/double black diamond – and terrain-park areas complemented by seven lifts. If you don’t have a car, take the bus to nearby Great Barrington, Massachusetts, then hop in a cab.
Mohawk Mountain is the oldest and largest ski area in Connecticut. Opened in 1947, Mohawk offers 25 trails spread out over 107 acres with 12 trails available for night skiing. Ski and snowboard equipment is available at the rental shop. With no major transportation hubs along the way, the best way to get here is by car.