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Coast Through Winter

  |   October 1, 2019  |  Comment

In wintertime, the Hudson Valley’s six ski resorts get the lion’s share of the limelight, but sledding is a great, free alternative for getting your family or friends outside into the crisp air and dazzling sunshine for a day of wholesome, good ol’ fashioned fun. Here are some of our favorite local sledding hills. 

Staatsburgh State Historic Park

5 Mills Mansion Drive, 1 Road, Staatsburg

This historic treasure is a grand setting for an afternoon of sledding, with the beautiful Gilded Age mansion in the background and a lofty view of the Hudson River spreading out before you. Free entry with the Empire Pass card.

Fahnstock Winter Park

1570 Route 301, Carmel

Fahnstock Winter Park is an ideal recreation area for the whole family. With regularly updated trail conditions reports, you need never head here in vain. The park rents classic and skate skis, snowshoes, and snow tubes, or BYO sled for some free fun. Afterward, refuel at the Acorn Cafe.

Hasbrouck Park

Delaware Avenue, Kingston

Hasbrouck Park offers two different sledding options. The smaller hill gives way to an open field and a playground, so if your kiddos tire of sledding, they can build a snowman or play on the jungle gym. The reward for trudging to the top of the bigger hill is a long, steep ride that will keep the bigger kids pumped all afternoon.

Snyder’s Farm Hill

Heading west on Route 212, Saugerties

Snyder’s Farm Hill is on the right, about .5 miles from I-87 Exit 20

This big hill is a popular spot for families on snow days and weekends, with both parents and kids taking turns on the sled. Park carefully on the side of the road, gather your goods, and brave the steep walk up the hill. Sled runs take a long time between the descent and climb back up, but this is when friends are made.

Thomas Bull Memorial Park

211 State Route 416, Montgomery

This 700-acre park is one of the region’s best kept secrets with everything from a boathouse to horse stables to groomed snow tubing lanes with a rope tow. Stadium lighting lets you tube into the evening. There are also other hills and trails for sledding and cross-country skiing and a pond for ice skating. And the onsite lodge offers a convenient, cozy place to dine and drink after a day of wintery exertion.

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