As the temperatures in the Northeast drop, a twinkle can be seen in skiers' and snowboarders' eyes. Soon, resorts across New York will be open and runs will be powdered. New York State offers the perfect getaway for anyone looking to hit the slopes! The state offers more ski resorts than Colorado and Utah combined and has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. Here are eight popular ski locations across the state for your consideration this winter.
Belleayre Mountain is state-owned and -operated in the Catskill Forest Preserve southwest of Albany, NY. Belleayre offers 50 trails, parks, and glades plus four separate lodges, the only Catskills Cat-access skiing and snowboarding, an Area 51 terrain park, two progression parks, mogul trails, and extensive glade skiing. Belleayre Mountain cross-country trails are separate from the downhill slopes.
A 1,200-foot vertical rise allows Bristol Mountain to reign as the highest vertical between the Adirondack/Laurentian Mountains of the east and the Rocky Mountains of western New York. 96% of the 35 trails are lit at night, providing for incredible nighttime skiing.
Gore Mountain is a family-oriented ski resort in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The resort features a 2,537-foot vertical drop 107 trails, 15 lifts, and one snow train. Off-hill, there are a variety of attractions including cross-country skiing, spas, and outdoor centers.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort is Central New York's largest ski resort offering day and night skiing near Cortland. Greek Peak is renowned as a family resort and includes 55 trails of varied terrain. The resort's Hope Lake Lodge also includes an indoor water park.
Located just one hour south of Buffalo in Ellicottville, Holiday Valley features three base lodges and two hotels. The entire mountain holds 58 slopes and 13 ski lifts and includes numerous other activities for those looking to take a break from skiing and snowboarding, like snow-tubing, spa treatments, and a mountain coaster.
About an hour from New York City in Patterson, Thunder Ridge prides itself on being family-friendly with slopes, lessons, and activities for all ages. Thunder Ridge features 22 trails, 3 chairlifts, and 4 magic carpets as well as a ski school for beginners.
Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks just one hour south of Montreal, Titus has 50 runs now reaching all the way to its 2,025-foot summit. On clear days, downtown Montreal is visible from the summit! There's a tubing hill, night skiing, and some wild terrain.
Whiteface Mountain boasts the highest vertical drop in the east at 3,430 feet and features more than 80 trails, more than 300 acres of terrain and off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain (The Slides). Whiteface is located just outside the village of Lake Placid.
Windham Mountain Resort has the most skiing and riding within 200 miles of New York City, making it an attractive option for tourists or those looking to get away from the city for a weekend. Windham Mountain also boasts 1,600 vertical feet of skiing and more than 50 trails of skiing.