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September 29th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Hi all, does anyone knows any ski resorts witin 3 hours driving from NYC? i am gonna spend the winter in NY and i am a ski enthusiast so would like to hear some information from the locals about the ski fields, snow condition and skiable area. skier please come forward : ) many many many thanks.

September 29th, 2005, 08:14 PM
Mountain Creek, NJ

Drive: 1 hour
Vertical Drop: 1000ft
Trails: 50
Its overrun on weekends by reckless young snowboarders and families, so you may want to avoid it. On weekdays though, its worth the trip.

Hunter Mountain, NY
[URL=]http://www.huntermtn.com (]http://www.mountaincreek.com[/URL)
Drive: 2 hours
Vert: 1600ft
Trails: 50+

Windham Mountain, NY

Drive: 3 hrs
Vert: 1600ft
Trails: 40

All of the above areas make good day trips, but for more serious skiing, you should head up north to Vermont:

Mount Snow, VT
[URL=]http://www.mountsnow.com (]http://www.windhammountain.com[/URL)
Drive: 4 hrs
Vert: 1700ft
Trails: 100+

Stratton, VT

Drive: 4 hrs
Vert: 2000ft
Trails: 90
Norotiously expensive and high-class

Killington, VT
[URL=]http://www.killington.com (]http://www.stratton.com[/URL)
Drive: 5 hrs
Vert: 3050ft
Trails: 200+

Those are basically all the areas worth going to within 5 hours of NYC.

September 29th, 2005, 09:33 PM
ok, i spend every weekend on either hockey or skiing so here are some tips:

Mountain Creek is close as hell but forget it on weekends or holidays, huge amateur skier traffic and the diamonds are decent but lose cover midday.

Hunter is fairly close and has somewhat less of that first-time crowd. Decent runs, same story with cover.

As far as Vermont goes, I go to Mt. Snow most often, wide, long runs, negligable congestion, some great diamonds, nearly non-existant lines. This is my pick and it's the closest of the good VT mountains.

If you want the BEST, go to Jay Peak, far, nearly at the Canadian border but it's tall, long, and difficult.

If you want to know anything specifically, just ask

September 30th, 2005, 09:37 AM
I don't really know, I go a lot but that's because I've been skiing since I was about 4. I know I see a lot of NY license plates up there but that might be from NY State. There's some ski shops in NYC, namely Paragon that have huge skiing crowds and organize trips. The really rich NYers usually just to to Colorado, something I have neither the money or the time to do.

September 30th, 2005, 10:24 AM
Thank you all, it has been a great help to me : ) i am quite serious about ski, so i will have to buy a season pass for this winter, any idea? hunter mountain is quite close to town so is ideal for a day trip, but i think it is too small to go for a whole winter and the diamonds are not that great!!. too far means i will have to stay away from NYC and it also means i will have to spend extra money on accomadation. does anyone know any dorm bed available in the surrounding area? many thanks again

September 30th, 2005, 12:45 PM
Is going to Vermont to ski every now and then a common New York thing?Just about everyone I know who skis will hit Vermont at least once a winter, usually for the weekend or the week.

I prefer Mt. Snow too, but for size Killington is really the only mountain in the east that is big enough to compare to the western ski areas, which are far superior, IMO.

September 30th, 2005, 01:27 PM
Smugglers Notch / Mt. Mansfield in Vermont.

I agree about J's Peak upsate NY - gorgeous area as well.

Whiteface is another one to check out.

September 30th, 2005, 01:30 PM
Go west, far north or overseas... ;)

Canada is good now because their currency is still low compared to ours. I would recommend Whistler but that is more than a bit of a trip...

And I agree, the resorts here are nice enough, but places like Killington are really expensive (70+ for a 1 day lift ticket??!?!? To VT????)

Mountain Creek is WAY crowded and only good after a DEEP snow, otherwise the traffic turns it to ice really fast.

Okemo was nice, I like Killington but it is overpriced, Hunter is nice but go midweek (it is a very social place, you will probably run into people from here quite often if you go). Jay Peak is nice, also shoot, there was one more I went to before I got hooked on the west....

It will come to me later.

Oh, I would look into the ski clubs in the area. There are several in NYC and one I know of in Hoboken. Try now, most of them are selling tickets to trips about now.

September 30th, 2005, 01:56 PM
Instead of being 4-5 hours from some of the best mountains in Vermont.....I'm 10 minutes from Burke and 45 from Jay Peak.

I go to Catamount a lot, it's an alright place, about 2.5 hours from the city, 30 trails, kind of intermediate, but usually not busy at all.

October 1st, 2005, 04:55 PM
Hi, i just noticed HunterMT selling student pass for $299!! and the All East College Pass is just $219 VALID AT: All eastern American Skiing Company Resorts: Attitash, Killington, Mount Snow, Pico, Sugarloaf, Sunday River

October 2nd, 2005, 05:13 PM
sounds about right. I never buy those because I never go to the same mountains. Besides I usually go with friends and we're too tired from the night before to buy all-day tickets. Instead of getting the season pass I'd just go to a few different Mt.s for the same $

sfenn, OMFG, I'm so jealous. My friend has a house 10 minutes from Mt.Snow and being that close to skiing is just heaven

October 3rd, 2005, 05:56 PM
How is the snow conditon in the easten side? i guest the snow will be hard, and temps on the mountains are normally around -10c? i guest a lots of thick socks will be needed. am i right? cheers

December 9th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Last winter I went to Fahnestock Winter Park in Cold Spring for cross-country skiing, and had a great time. This season - I just called and they are already open today.

Anyone knows of other places for cross-country skiing not too far from the city?

Fahnestock Winter Park
(845) 225-3998 (ski center)
(845) 265-3773 (administrative office)
Hours of Operation

9 am - 4:30 pm weekends + holidays
10 am - 5:00 pm weekdays


December 11th, 2005, 05:13 PM
Cross-country skiing in Fahnestock Winter Park (http://www.wirednewyork.com/skiing/fahnestock/) in December of 2005.





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November 2nd, 2012, 01:17 PM
Hi all, does anyone knows any ski resorts witin 3 hours driving from NYC? i am gonna spend the winter in NY and i am a ski enthusiast so would like to hear some information from the locals about the ski fields, snow condition and skiable area. skier please come forward : ) many many many thanks.

Hunter Mt & Windham Mt - Check out http://www.OffTheHillMagazine.com - Its a great guide the Catskills ski region, about 2 hours north of the city...