When Broadway is covered in slush and the wind whips over the Hudson and into the city streets, it is tempting to escape the city in favor of a true winter wonderland. Luckily for skiing fanatics in the big apple, there are several ski areas located relatively close to New York City.
Located in Patterson, New York, Thunder Ridge (thunderridgeski.com) is a short 75 minute drive outside of Manhattan. While not as large as many other ski areas, Thunder Ridge's small size is ideal for families with children. New skiers can take advantage of the T-bar or hand-tow as well as a ski school to help refine their abilities. Experienced skiers and riders can rely on the mountain's three chair-lifts and a handful of black diamond trails for a more challenging and exciting experience.
New Yorkers who are looking for a day on the slopes can hop in a car and travel 47 miles to Mountain Creek (mountaincreek.com). Situated in the town of Vernon Valley, New Jersey, Mountain Creek provides skiers and riders with four mountains, 167 skiable acres and trails for every level of ability. Mountain Creek's extensive snowmaking system also promises a winter wonderland, even when mother nature hasn't blessed the land with much snow.
Nestled in the Catskills Mountains, Hunter Mountain (huntermtn.com) in Hunter, New York, is still only a hop, skip or two hour car ride away from the Big Apple. Hunter Mountain is made up of three different mountains, each boasting a number of trails. With so many trails of varying levels, anyone, from a beginner hitting the bunny slope to an experienced skier or snowboarder, is bound to find a suitable slope.
Windham Mountain (windhammountain.com), located in Windham, New York, lets New Yorkers enjoy the beauty of the Catskills while spending but a brief two hours in the car each way. The ski area boasts trails of a wide variety of levels, from 14 green circles for beginners to seven double black diamond for experienced daredevils. Still, half of the trails are intermediate, making Windham Mountain a great spot for groups with skiers of varying levels. Riders will love the area's five terrain parks, too.
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