Last Call for Skiing and Snowboarding this Season

While many of us are counting down the days until it’s warm enough to hit the beach, we are also itching to hit the slopes a few more times before the snow melts away.  Luckily, there are still a few weeks left in the ski season.  Some great ski spots are within driving distance of NYC so I have put together a list of my local favorites to share with you.  If you don’t see your favorite ski spot on this list, let me know. I’m always interested in finding new places to hit the slopes.

Thunder Ridge Ski Resort, Patterson, NY

With plenty of easy slopes for beginners and babysitting services for young children, Thunder Ridge Ski Resort is perfect for families who don’t want to spend hours driving to their ski destination. The trip to Patterson will take about an hour from the city, and lift tickets range from $25 on weekdays to $50 on weekends.

Image © Mikael Damkier/ DPC
Image © Mikael Damkier/ DPC

Mountain Creek, Vernon, New Jersey

Located just 47 miles from NYC, Mountain Creek is about an hour’s drive away. Here you’ll find 42 trails across 4 peaks, as well as a terrain park for those who want to try their hand at jumps and rails. Mountain Creek draws massive crowds on the weekends, so if you can get away on a weekday that’s your best bet. Full day tickets are $66.99 for adults, but you can purchase discounted tickets on the resort’s website if you’re on a budget.

Image courtesy of Windham Mountain Resort
Image courtesy of Windham Mountain Resort

Windham Mountain, Windham, NY

Windham mountain, at the northern end of the Catskills, is known for its nicely groomed trails and its extensive amenities. A two hour drive will take you to 53 trails, ranging in difficulty from beginner to double black diamond. If you get tired out on the slopes, you can kick back at the on­site spa or one of the resort’s three restaurants. Lift tickets will cost $50 ­ $78 for adults.

Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY

If you’re willing to drive a little further, Hunter Mountain offers luxury accommodations, award­winning instruction, and programming for families, couples, and groups. The drive will take three hours, but there’s plenty to do at the resort and in the surrounding towns. Lift ticket prices are $66 during the week and $10 more on the weekends ­ but you can save time and money by purchasing your tickets and equipment online ahead of time.

Smuggler’s Notch Resort, Smuggler’s Notch, VT

Looking for something that’s more off the beaten path? The drive to Smuggler’s Notch will take a little over six hours, but the breathtaking views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and the

1,000­plus acres of terrain are well worth the trip. Smuggler’s Notch boasts the East’s only triple black diamond trail, and there are over 78 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. An adult lift ticket will cost $70, but you can save with discount vouchers and off­season passes.

No Car? No Problem!

Local coach services such as OvRride and Urban Sherpa will shuttle you to and from nearby resorts, including Windham Mountain and Hunter Mountain. Bus tickets start around $50, and you can purchase package deals to save on equipment rentals and lift tickets.

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