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Take a Powder

  |   November 1, 2017  |  Comment

It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley and Catskills have some of the best slopes close to New York City. Check out these mountains for a day (or two) of great powder action.

Belleayre Mountain in Highmount is a great place for the whole family. Regardless of skill level, this mountain has something to accommodate everyone. With 50 trails, parks and glades, a vertical drop of 1,404 feet, eight lifts, and four lodges beginners and experts alike can rejoice on this peak.

Windham Mountain has slightly more trails, clocking in at 54. They have both adult programs and youth programs. New for the 2017/2018 season is the option for the MAX Pass Add-On. With this addition, pass holders not only get a great season at Windham Mountain, but five days at over 40 ski resorts around the US, too. New snow-making guns are also on the mountain this year, for an even more powdery ride!

Thunder Ridge is one of the closest skiing options to New York City, just 8 miles north of Route 684 and an hour’s drive from Manhattan. The mountain offers a unique treat with nightime skiing, and is a popular spot for high school ski racing events.

Plattekill in Roxbury is ideal for snow adventurers seeking the old-school mountain experience. This small mountain features 38 trails and a kind of hospitality you won’t find elsewhere. A rustic, scenic base lodge with old-fashioned New England style trails makes Plattekill the place for both a relaxing and refreshing winter activity day.

If you’re in the neighborhood of the Berkshires, be sure to pay Catamount a visit. This mountain touts the longest run in the Berkshires—Ridge Run to Upper and Lower Promenade, 2.5 miles. They offer first-timer, group, and private lessons plus STRIDE adaptive lessons for individuals with disabilities.

Mount Peter, known as “the Friendly One,” is the oldest operating ski area in New York. Located in Warwick, this mountain was actually started by Macy’s in 1936 to promote their ski fashions—although this mountain has become much more than a marketing ploy. Family-run and operated snowboarding and snow tubing are offered, with the option of 14 total trails and one terrain park. Date tip: Night skiing is offered Monday to Saturday.

Pictured above: Catamount, Hillsdale

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