Skiing and Snowboarding

When the weather gets white, New York State takes to the slopes. Whether you're downhill or cross-country skiing, boarding or skijoring, you'll find fun in the snow here!

Downhill Skiing and Boarding

Skiing at Hunter MountainWith nearly 100 downhill and cross-country ski centers, New York's mountains boast more ski areas than any other state. Choose from endless terrain-cruisers, steeps and glades, from beginner trails to black diamonds that challenge world class skiers.

For downhill skiers and snowboarders, the scenery's as breathtaking as the action, from Holiday Valley out west in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, to Bristol Mountain and Greek Peek in the Finger Lakes, to Belleayre and Hunter in the Catskills, to Gore in the Adirondacks. Options range from cozy family-operated resorts like Willard Mountain in Capital-Saratoga (called "New York's Coolest Little Ski Area") to the granddaddy of mountains, Whiteface, in the mighty Adirondacks.

To prolong the ski season across the state, New York's abundant natural snow gets a boost from great big snowmaking guns. And with so many great ski destinations so easy to reach, and so affordable, New York offers you endless options to come out and play in the snow! Find great ski specials and check out the latest snow reports by visiting:  I Ski New York.

Cross Country Skiing

Who wouldn't like to glide through winter? New York State has cross-country ski trails for every style and skill level at parks, forest preserves, ski resorts, and nearly 50 cross-country ski centers.  

Buffalo XC skiing - Photo by Ed HealyJust north of New York City, you'll find trails for all levels. Ski the picturesque grounds of the Mohonk Mountain House, or Fahnestock Winter Park, known for its great high forest snow base.

Ski on a former railroad bed on the 19-mile Catskill Scenic Trail or follow miles of shoreline on trails at Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. In Central New York, Beaver Lake Nature Center and Highland Forest Park feature miles of groomed trails plus snowshoeing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.


Want to take your cross-country skiing up a notch? Try skijoring (pronounced skee-JOAR-ing), where skiers are pulled by a dog, horse or motor vehicle for some fast fun.

A cousin to dog sledding, skijøring tethers a skier to one or more dogs wearing chest harnesses. It can be a simple winter walk with the family dog, or a competitive race with three dogs pulling the skier.

Long popular in Alaska and Scandinavia, the sport is fast growing in upstate New York. Cross-country ski areas have opened miles of trails to the sport-spawning skijøring clubs, such as Canadian-American Sledders, Inc. and the Seneca Siberian Husky Club clinics and racing events.

Some basic equipment, an eager canine or two, and a pair of cross country skis puts you well on your way with this inexpensive sport. Check with individual ski areas to see if they have trails for skijoring and information on events across New York.

Adaptive Winter Sports Programs for People with Disabilities

Adaptive snowsport program at ski areas throughout New York State make winter sports accessible to people of all abilities.  Programs offer adaptive skiing instruction, equipment rental or loan, and enthusiastic support.

Season Winter - Adaptive SportsThe mainstay of the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) Snowsports Program at Windham Mountain is alpine skiing. This highly recognized program teaches adults and children with cognitive or physical disabilities (age 5 and older), from first-timers to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Belleayre Mountain's new lodge, the Adaptive Snowsports Center, is wheelchair accessible and conveniently located for easy access to the trails.

The Lovejoy Adaptive Training Center at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in the Finger Lakes was designed for accessibility and snow sports. The Double H Ranch Adaptive Winter Sports Program offers children ages 6 through 18 who are dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to participate in winter sports in the beautiful Adirondacks. The Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville offers adaptive sports lessons to persons with virtually all disabilities, both physical and cognitive.

See our Downhill Ski Area listings below. With so many great ski destinations so easy to reach, and so affordable, New York offers you endless options to come out and play in the snow!   Don't miss out on ski specials and check out the latest snow reports by visiting:  I Ski New York   You can also view or order our Winter Travel Guide now!

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