Explore the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County's Off-Hill Activities Greene County, N.Y. - Just two hours north of New York City, the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offer winter fun for the whole family. For the adrenaline junkie, the longest, fastest and highest zipline tour in North America provides the thrill of a lifetime - 600 feet above the ground. And for those in search of a relaxing experience in the mountains, the Catskill Mountains boast miles of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling trails. For Extreme Adventure: Hunter Mountain offers more than world-class alpine skiing and riding. Home to "New York's Largest Snow Tubing Park," Hunter boasts 18 snowtubing chutes, each nearly 1,000 feet long. A new Carpet Lift offers fast, easy transport so visitors can spend more time sliding and less time waiting in line. $20 per person for a two hour session. Nearby, Hunter Mountain's New York Zipline Adventure Tour offers one of the most thrilling zipline experiences in the world. The SkyRider is the longest, fastest and highest zipline canopy tour in North America, traveling for 4.6 miles, 600 feet above the ground, and participants can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The tour lasts approximately three hours and includes Zipline Pilot Training School. Tickets are $119 per person and reservations are recommended. For Families: Windham Mountain's Adventure Park provides a family-friendly alternative for groups whose members include skiers and non-skiers. Enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing close to the slopes. Windham Mountain's snowtubing park offers eight lanes of groomed chutes with rope tow access. Ice skating passes are $10 per person, and a two-hour snowtubing session runs $20 per person. Windham's Kids Snowmobile Park offers pint-sized 120cc Arctic Cat snowmobile rentals for children ages six and older to test their skills on a closed track. Passes are $12 and include helmet rental and instruction. For Leisure Travelers: The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are home to a vast network of recreational trails for year-round enjoyment. In Catskill, the Ramshorn-Livingston Sanctuary offers two miles of cross-country trails that wind through a wildlife sanctuary home to beavers, river otters and muskrats. Other cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails can be found throughout Greene County, including one of the most popular routes, the Windham Path - a 1.5 mile loop that travels along the Batavia Kill, offering incredible views of the surrounding Catskill Mountains. The trailhead is located off of State Route 23 in Windham. Find more information about these and other Catskill winter adventures at http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com/winter. 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 and is known as the nation's first wilderness. 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 705,500-acre wilderness offers abundant year-round outdoor recreation and unique cultural events. Learn more at www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com.
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