Orange County, N.Y. - Kick off 2015 by getting outside and taking in the fresh air! Orange County's winter landscape is filled with frosty, frolicking fun that will keep everyone energized and invigorated this season.
Conditions permitting, the area is filled with hundreds of miles of hiking trails for every level of expertise, snow tubing, snow boarding, and fantastic skiing venues. Orange County is only a 70-minute ride from Manhattan, two and a half hours from Philadelphia, and three and a half hours from Boston. So grab your warm jacket, scarf, gloves, and boots and see why a day or weekend in Orange County creates wonderful winter memories.
"Winter sports and snowy walks give you an expansive view of Orange County's beautiful landscape." said Susan Hawvermale, Orange County Tourism director. "One quarter of the county is open space, perfect for recreation and fun in all seasons."
Want to speed down a snowy hill on a tube? Visit Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, the second largest developed facility of the county parks system. In addition to snow tubing, there's groomed skating and cross country ski trails. While snowshoeing is not a groomed activity, it's encouraged at both snow covered Thomas Bull and on the nearby Heritage Trail. Snow tubing depends on the temperatures and the natural snowfall, so be sure to visit www.orangecountynyparks.com for the latest updates.
How about a wonderfully refreshing outdoor hike? The non-profit Friends of Sterling Forest preserve, protect, and foster a wonderful appreciation of the natural resources and historical treasures that make up the Sterling Forest State Park. Visit sites such as Southfields Furnace, the Sterling Furnace, and the Sterling Forge where the Great Chain across the Hudson River was made. Learn about the group's special hikes at www.friendsofsterlingforest.org.
For bolder adventures, visit Juckas Stables in Bullville for horseback riding among the 117 acres of trails winding through the breathtaking Orange County countryside. Novice and seasoned riders will enjoy spending time with the gentle, responsive, and well-kept horses. Lessons are available to people of all abilities in addition to hiring horses by the hour. Remember to visit Juckas' delightful barnyard animals. Visit www.juckasstables.com, or call 845-361-1429.
Whether you're a snow bunny, serious skier, or simply an après-ski fan, three area ski slopes provide you with a spectacular experience.
Tuxedo Ridge at Sterling Forest offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, and a snow tubing park just minutes off the New York State Thruway. There are seven trails plus a kitty slope/beginner area, NASTAR Racing, night skiing on all trails, and a terrain park, all with 100 percent snowmaking. Visit www.tuxedoridge.com, or call 845-351-1122.
Mount Peter in Warwick is known for its famous free beginner ski and snowboard school, great snowmaking and expert grooming, an awesome terrain park, top-notch racing and development programs, and a fabulous family atmosphere. Visit www.mtpeter.com, or call 845-986-4940.
The Victor Constant Ski Area on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m. You might even have a close encounter with Army cadets on the slopes! Guests of the Thayer Hotel, one of Orange County Tourism's Stay With Us properties, can ski here whenever the slopes are open. Visit www.westpointmwr.com/ski, or call 845-938-2475.
Stunning scenery surrounds ice skaters at Bear Mountain State Park's ice rink which offers 90-minute skating sessions throughout the day and evening, weather permitting. To learn more, visit www.bearmountainicerink.com, or call 845-786-2701, extension 266.
Some consider shopping to be a winter sport, and what could be more perfect than a day at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley? Find that perfect outfit or something for your home at over 200 fantastic stores. Woodbury Common is one of the largest contiguous outlet centers in the world. Visit www.premiumoutlets.com, or call 845-928-4000 for more information.
Remember to visit Orange County Tourism's Facebook page: Orange County Tourism NY. It's your guide to up-to-the minute postings of area events and activities, great times, memorable experiences, and proof as to why the winter season in Orange County is so extraordinary!
About Orange County Tourism
Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county's tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail or call 800-762-8687.
For more information, contact:
Mary Ann McCarthy
Orange County Tourism