great-northern-catskills.JPGThe Great Northern Catskills of Greene County Offer Value and Excitement Close to Home Greene County, N.Y. - The Great Northern Catskills' ski resorts, Hunter and Windham Mountains, lie just over two hours north of New York City - offering incredible resort amenities and Stay & Play packages. Catskill region businesses are open and ready for the winter ski season. Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain ski centers are the Catskills' ski resorts, offering miles of skiing and riding. Hunter Mountain is currently offering a "Big Lift Card" for $49. Card holders receive 25 percent off weekend and holiday tickets, and 50 percent off mid-week, non-holiday tickets. This promotion is valid all season long. Take the new Zephyr Express high speed quad or New York's first six-passenger, detachable lift, the Kaatskill Flyer. Get snow reports, trail maps, daily promotions, coupons and more via their new mobile site: m.huntermtn.com. Catskill lodging packages offer value and comfort for skiers and boarders. Stay and play all weekend long or book mid-week and enjoy special touches and incredible savings. Special package deals for Hunter's 2011-2012 season include: Play & Stay Packages: Midweek special includes one night accommodations at the Kaatskill Mountain Club or Liftside Village. Package rates start at $125 pp/pn and include slope-side lodging, an all-access lift ticket and complimentary breakfast. Extend your stay for two nights or more and rates drop to $109 pp/pn. Valid Sun-Thurs, non-holiday. Nearby, Windham Mountain offers the Northeast's "premier alpine lifestyle since 1960." The resort unveiled $2.4 million in renovations and upgrades for the 2011-2012 ski season. Prepare to see renovations in the base lodge and new snowmaking and grooming equipment. A side-by-side Racing Zipline at Windham Mountain's Adventure Park is also open this season, and will be open year-round. Other improvements for the winter season include the new trail WinTuck, a Competition Center for junior race programs, and the only Montana Crystal Edge Tuning Machine in North America, located at the Windham Mountain Sports Center. Stay & Play at Windham Mountain with discount lodging packages, including: Midweek Ski and Stay Package: Stay at the Winwood Inn and ski or ride at Windham Mountain starting at $79.50 pp/pn. Package includes a lift ticket, accommodations, complimentary continental breakfast and a free shuttle to and from the mountain.  On the weekend, package rates start at $120 pp/pn. Valid all season long, rates subject to availability. Long Weekend Special: Purchase any multi-day Windham Mountain lift ticket that includes a Monday and receive 50 percent off of your Sunday night stay at the Winwood Inn. Sign up for a free "Greene Card" that offers buy-one-get-one deals to both Hunter and Windham. The Greene Card makes the Catskills' family friendly attractions even more affordable with the purchase of one mid-week ticket, card holders will receive an additional free ticket to be redeemed at the time of sale. About Greene County: Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley.  The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park.   Greene County is renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, and was named in honor of American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene.   This 286,000 acre wilderness offers abundant year-round outdoor recreation and unique cultural events.  Learn more about winter events and skiing vacation packages at http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/.

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