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: The Belleayre Mountain is state-owned and operated located in the Catskill Forest Perserve southwest of Albany, NY. Belleayre offers 5 glade trails plus 4 separate lodges, the only Catskills Cat-access skiing and snowboarding, the Area 51 terrain park, two progression parks, mogul trails and extensive glade skiing. Belleayre Mountain cross country trails are separate from the downhill slopes. Opens: To be announced.
Bristol Mountain: 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 the west New York. 96% of the 34 trails are lit at night, providing for incredible night skiing. Opens: To be announced.
Gore Mountain: Gore Mountain is a family-oriented ski resort in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The resort features 2, 537 feet of vertical and the most terrain in New York State with 94 trails. Off-hill, there are a variety of attractions including cross country skiing, spas, and outdoor centers. Opens: To be announced.
Greek Peak: Greek Peak Mountain Resort is Central New York's largest ski resort offering day and night skiing near Cortland, New York. Greek Peak is renowned as a family resort and includes 32 trails of varied terrain. The resort's Hope Lake Lodge also includes an indoor water park. Opens: To be announced.
Holiday Valley: Located just one hour south of Buffalo in Ellicottville, Holiday Valley features three base lodges and two hotels. The entire mountain holds 56 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. Opens: To be announced.
Thunder Ridge: 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 30 trails, 3 chairlifts, and 4 magic carpets as well as a ski school for beginners. Opens: To be announced.
Titus Mountain: Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks just one hour south of Montreal, Titus has 44 runs now reaching all the way to its 2,025 foot summit. On clear days, downtown Montreal is even visible from the summit! The Lower Mountain was just recently remodeled and expanded last year. Opens: To be announced.
Whiteface Mountain: Whiteface Mountain boasts the highest vertical drop in the East at 3,430 feet and features 86 trails, 283 acres of terrain and off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain (The Slides). Whiteface is located just outside the village of Lake Placid. Opens: November 29th.
Windham Mountain: 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 nearly 50 trails of skiing. Opens: November 30th (planned).