iloveny-stack.jpgPlan Your Winter Getaway at iloveny.com/winter Albany, N.Y. - With the cold weather upon us and fresh snow falling in blissful abundance, the stage is set for an incredible second half of winter skiing in New York State. Over the past year, many Empire State ski areas have been busy making significant changes to their winter destinations including: updating equipment, expanding operations, trails and activities, and completing extensive renovations. With more ski areas than any other state, New York's 50 world-class ski resorts have added even more incentive to enjoy the great outdoors this winter. From a new 400-foot Magic Carpet ski lift and hi-tech GPS systems to North America's longest and highest zipline course and state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment, there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy New York's downhill ski centers.  In addition, dozens of picturesque upstate villages welcome skiers for one of a kind shopping and restaurants to festivals and down-home charm. Below are news highlights for some of New York's top ski areas: Hudson Valley Thunder Ridge Ski Area has a new 400-foot Magic Carpet ski lift plus new snowmaking equipment and great events like February's "Military Appreciation Weekends." On February 10th,  "Your Turn...A Women's Ski Day," with Lisa Densmore - Masters World Super G Champion and Slalom bronze medalist (2008), will feature clinics, demos and the latest trends in women's gear; it runs all day (2/10/12) from breakfast to the après ski party. Visit http://www.thunderridgeski.com/ for more information. The Catskills Windham Mountain, located just a short ride from NYC or Albany, has undergone a multi-million-dollar makeover. Included in this major transformation is a new Competition Center for alpine, freestyle and snowboarding; a side-by-side racing zipline in the resort's Adventure Park; renovations to the base lodge and the Club at Windham Mountain; and new state-of-the-art snowmaking guns. As general manager, Chip Seamans says, "Snow quality is at the core of Windham Mountain's premier alpine lifestyle since 1960." Additional details can be found at http://www.windhammountain.com/. Hunter Mountain has introduced the state's first six-passenger ski lift, the Kaatskill Flyer, which gets you to the top even faster. Other lift upgrades include a new high-speed quad chairlift on the West Side. For a spectacular bird's eye view, try the new 4.6 mile zipline, the longest and highest at 600 feet in North America. More information on these and other Hunter happenings can be found by visiting http://www.huntermtn.com/ Finger Lakes Greek Peak's new Adventure Center tops the headlines at this popular Finger Lakes resort. Step into the Virtusphere, for a unique virtual reality adventure, or ride the wild Nor'easter Mountain Coaster, a hybrid of an alpine slide and a roller coaster, for an exciting descent through the forest. Thrill seekers note: other new adventure activities include ziplines, an aerial challenge course and a ropes course. Visit http://www.greekpeakmtnresort.com/ for additional information. Just south of Syracuse, Labrador Mountain will leave you panting for more. Along with 22 trails covering 250 acres and 700 vertical feet, and a run that's nearly a mile long, this year brings snowmaking upgrades, a remodeled ski shop, and a new updated drive bullwheel for the Ptarmigan lift. Additionally, the ski and snowboard rental selection is expanding for seasoned skiers and students alike. Go to http://www.labradormtn.com/ for more information. Greater Niagara Thrill-seeking tubers in the Greater Niagara region will love the news from the giant downhill tubing park adjacent to Kissing Bridge. The Colden Tubing Company's new covered magic carpet lift opened December 24, speeding snowtubers up the hill and reducing the time between runs. You can sail up to the summit and then slide down to the valley floor 10 stories below, again and again. Find out more at http://www.kissing-bridge.com/. Chautauqua-Allegheny Out west at HoliMont Ski Area, the Snowcats have just been fitted with hi-tech GPS systems to measure snow depth and deliver a super-even base for skiers. Crews have also been hard at work creating some exciting new features and clearing trees to make the mountain‘s glades even more fun and accessible. Next season will be HoliMont's 50th Anniversary; the Club will be adding its first ever high speed detachable quad to the area. Visit http://www.holimont.com/ for details. Holiday Valley, another great resort in Ellicottville, has invested $5 million in improvements (over $60 million in the past 5 years) that include a new quad chairlift to double lift capacity and enhance ski-in access to the SnowPine Village condominiums. To make it even more appealing, add automated snowmaking on the mile-long Mardi Gras slope. The new Sky High Adventure Park features a Mountain Coaster that will take you on a thrilling, zigzagging, spiraling path down the mountain. Hold on tight but don't worry about getting carried away; brakes on the car let riders control the speed. Visit http://www.holidayvalley.com/. Plan your winter wonder adventures at iloveny.com. In addition to keeping you updated on great travel deals, new events, lodging information and much more, New York State's travel and tourism site, iloveny.com provides daily ski conditions. Visit iloveny.com and get the latest downhill ski reports. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com/. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

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