Vibes. Terrain. Amenities. Crisp, ample snow. Skiers and snowboarders will find a friendly, expert welcome and so many cool slopes to explore at our area’s mountains that you may wonder why anyone bothers to go anywhere else. Getting away for the day, or the weekend? Take your pick. You may find you have more than one favorite.
At Belleayre Mountain, they’ve been improving terrain parks and adding competitive alpine and freeriding programs with the help of the New York Ski Educational Foundation. A large beginner area, moguls, and glade skiing make Belleayre a great destination with something to delight every skier and snowboarder in the group. The new Catskill Thunder Gondola will glide you to the summit for breathtaking views of the Catskill Forest Preserve, part of $8 million in improvements under way.
181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount
Windham Mountain Resort offers its own 1,600-foot vertical, laced with 54 trails, 6 terrain parks, and 12 lifts. Westside six, a brand-new high-speed, six-passenger chairlift, is opening this season. Windham has also installed extensive renovations to make accessing lifts easier, improve ticket-scanning technology, and add nearly 100 new high-efficiency snowmaking guns. Resort amenities include multiple dining options, a spa, a fitness center, and a movie theatre. Windham is an exceptional place to up your game, with the innovative Terrain Based
Learning™ Method, and coaching for all ages including the Own It! package, the Fear Workshop, and I Heart Snowboarding.
windham mountain resort
19 Resort Drive, Windham
Hunter Mountain is pleased to announce the opening of Hunter North, an entirely new face that’s been added to the mountain with the help of a $9-million-dollar expansion project. Hunter now offers four mountain faces, and the additional 85 acres increases the total their skiable terrain by 33 percent, adding five new trails, four new glades, and a second high-speed lift. Skiiers and snowboarders alike will find a wide range of options for all levels on this 1600-foot vertical-drop mountain, including four freestyle terrain parks and more than 65 total trails.
The resort offers convenient and fun amenities (multiple eateries, evening Snowcat tours, the Mountain Club Spa) for all that downtime off the slopes, and hosts a number of on-hill races and competitions.
64 Klein Avenue, Hunter
Plattekill Mountain has a vertical drop of 1,100 feet and something for everyone, from the double-black-diamond set to absolute beginners. Family-run, welcoming, and seldom crowded, Plattekill is a local favorite. Experts adore the playful and challenging terrain, families love the bargains, and everyone loves the friendliness. The focus here is on the slopes, whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. The laid-back atmosphere is what makes it so down-to-earth and accessible. There are a variety of lessons and programs to choose from for young skiiers and snowboarders, and local youth can take advantage of the multi-week Alpine Junior Development Program. Plattekill also offers affordable Learn to Ski and Board packages. It’s fun for the entire family. You can even rent the whole mountain for a private party.
469 Plattekill Road, Roxbury