5 of the Best Places to Ski Near New York City
New York might not be one of the first places that comes to mind when you think about a skiing vacation. True enough, staying in the city itself means more skyscrapers than mountain peaks and a distinct lack of powdery snow. But venture a short distance outside the city limits and you’ll find plenty of action to satisfy the most obsessed ski fanatics or those seeking a fresh air winter adventure. New York State actually has more ski resorts than any other state! So think about extending your cruise from New York with a bit of time on the slopes at these spots just a few hours from the city.
Gore Mountain is New York State’s biggest ski resort, with an impressive 2,500 feet of vertical, as well as over 100 trails covering four distinct peaks. It is one of the furthest resorts from New York City, but with 360 views all the way to Vermont, it is well worth the journey.
The Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania are an extremely popular destination for New Yorkers looking for time on the slopes, and Camelback Mountain is one of the best resorts in the area. It boasts floodlit runs for night skiing, restaurants where you can literally ski in and out, and the largest snow tubing park in the US.
Just over in New Jersey, Mountain Creek offers a ton of non-skiing fun, as well as the largest resort in the area with eight lifts and enough trails to cater to everyone from total beginners to semi-pros. There’s a waterpark with a double-looping slide for anyone who fancies a break from skiing, making this a fantastic all-round option.
Easily the most convenient ski resort for New Yorkers, Thunder Ridge is just over an hour’s drive from Manhattan, and also reachable by train! As you might imagine, its proximity to the city means it doesn’t get as much snow as some other resorts, but its exceptional snowmaking capacity means that it actually ends up being one of the last resorts open in the spring!
A wonderfully family-friendly option, Windham Mountain in the Catskills boasts great trails for beginners and intermediate skiers, as well as plenty to do off the slopes as well like skating, tubing, and snowmobile rides. It is a pretty luxury option as well, with some great fine dining restaurants which allow you to treat yourself to something a little fancier if you choose to!