Ski and snowboard season is just around the corner - so it's time to your winter ski season now. Save on gas, make new friends, and hit the slopes with ease by taking these buses from NYC to some of the best mountains in the Northeast.

Hunter Mountain - Photo by NYS ESD

Keep calm and ski on
Instead of driving out of the city and dealing with traffic, why not kick back and relax by booking your next ski or snowboard trip through NYC Snow Bus? Their bundle packages can include everything you might need - from lift tickets to waterproof pants - and you're sure to make friends on the ride up. Book a trip to Whiteface, Gore, Hunter or Windham Mountain. Buses will pick you up from Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Astoria, and Union Square. Rates start at $59.90.

Hunter Mountain - Photo Courtesy of Hunter Mountain

Calling all riders
OvrRide is a collective of snowboarders from around the world that have started the first and only rider-owned and -operated tour program in Manhattan. Buses pick up riders from a slew of NYC locations - including Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Dumbo, Soho, Union Square, the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side - and go to Hunter and Windham. Rates start at $99.95.

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Ski with style
Urban Sherpa is one of NYC's most popular winter concierges. Hop on one of their luxury motorcoaches for an on-hill snow day at Hunter Mountain or Windham. Buses leave from Union Square and Midtown. Trips start at $85.

Windham Mountain - Photo by NYS ESD

Winter wonder awaits
Take a break from big city life and immerse you in the mountainous landscape of Windham Mountain with a day trip by Island Ski Tours. Buses leave from the Grand Hyatt Hotel on 42nd Street near Grand Central. Rates start at $55.

Hunter Mountain - Photo by NYS ESD

Powder perfect
Sharpen your skis, slide on your boots and get ready to hit the snow with Sourced Adventures' NYC Ski Bus. From clothing to gear to lift tickets, Sourced Adventures will make sure you're perfectly set to enjoy a day on the slopes. Pickup locations include Adventure Cafe at 85 Delancey Street, where you'll get a discount on breakfast to start your day off right, or at West 45th Street at Eleventh Avenue. Ski destination? Hunter Mountain. Packages start at $99.

Windham Mountain - Photo Courtesy of Windham Mountain

No-stress slope access
Escape to the north hassle-free with Paragon Sports Express Bus Trips to Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain. Buses leave directly from Paragon Sports store on 18th Street and Broadway. Rates start at $47.50.

Get social on the slopes - and on the ride home
LGBTQ group Ski Bums offers group outings all over the country, including day trips to fabulous New York spots like BelleayreWindham and Hunter. Be sure to save some energy for the ride home: The bus back to the city tends to have a party vibe. Buses leave from midtown near Penn Station. Prices start at $125. 

Don't forget to visit I Ski NY for much more info on New York's world-class ski destinations.