Here's What's New at Local and Regional Skiing and Snowboarding Spots This Season
A taste of what to expect this season at a sample of Hudson Valley and regional mountains.
The ski site in Highmount is boosting its snowmaking potential by adding 50 low-energy tower snow guns. Belleayre’s terrain parks also offer new and upgraded jumps, ramps, rails, boxes, and pipes. And newbie skiers will no longer have to tote their gear — they can now hop on a new “magic carpet ride” that leads to the beginner’s slope. Likewise, the Kidscamp Learning Area has added a longer, 220-foot carpet ride, plus its entrance area has been regraded. The resort features a new ski-patrol office, too, and ongoing renovations to Overlook Lodge (including replacing the deck and adding locker-room options such as season-long rentals). Belleayre’s programs are also growing — the New York Ski Educational Foundation announced an expanding partnership with the Olympic Regional Development Authority that provides competitive alpine and freeride programs at Belleayre.
Highmount, NY; www.belleayre.com; 845.254.5600
There’s a lot to love at Hunter this season, with a massive expansion known as Hunter North that includes five new trails (mostly intermediate) and four new glades, adding 80 more skiable acres. The Northern Express, a new high-speed, six-passenger detachable chairlift, can carry 2,400 passengers per hour up from the new base area in just over three minutes. Visitors to Hunter will also find a new entrance and parking area; the new Hunter North base area also features an updated ticket area and casual dining.
Hunter, NY; www.huntermtn.com; 518.263.4223
Windham Mountain Resort
This Greene County ski site has been upgraded for the 2018-2019 season, thanks to an $8 million capital investment. One new amenity is the Westside Six, a high-speed, six-passenger chairlift that whisks skiers and snowboarders to the summit of West Peak in a little over five minutes. There’s more: Windham has installed nearly 100 high-efficiency, automated snow guns to boost ski conditions, replaced more than two miles of snowmaking pipe, and added a new PistenBully 400 snow-grooming vehicle to help assure a smooth ride down the slopes. Other recent improvements include a new carpet lift at Adventure Park, and off-snow renovations at the Wheelhouse Lodge, Winwood Inn, and Wunderbar Café.
Windham, NY; www.windhammountain.com; 800.754.9463
This family-friendly Pennsylvania resort has several new features this season. To maximize snowmaking, they’ve added nearly two dozen low-energy snow guns, and new PistenBully snow groomers for the ski runs and terrain park. Shredders will be eager to try the new CBK terrain park, with features for riders of all levels. New ski trails this season include the freshly cut Scarab, and 15 acres of new trails for beginners. Camelback is offering new Triple Ticket options this season, as well as new eateries (they’re open to the public) — including Berrelli’s Family Style Italian, with ski-in/ski-out access at the base lodge. Atop the mountain, Kartrite’s new Summit House is said to be the highest restaurant in the Poconos. The Camelback Resort also features an enormous snow-tubing park; indoors, head to the popular Aquatopia waterpark that boasts seven pools, 13 waterslides, and other water attractions.
Tannersville, PA; www.CamelbackResort.com; 855.515.1283
Winter will be a winner with $25 million in new features at Killington. These include expanded availability and upgrades of intermediate trails, and a new six-person, high-speed bubble chairlift. Reaching the ski runs will also be a breeze with new lift service at South Ridge and upgrades to the K-1 Express Gondola. Another new, user-friendly bonus: hands-free, lift-ticket validation using RFID digital technology; it will also be available at nearby Pico Mountain.
Killington, VT; www.killington.com; 800.734.9435
The combo bobsled, luge, and skeleton track is open for the new season at the Olympic Sports Complex, and though it’s primarily a training site for the national teams, the public can get a taste of these thrilling sports. The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority is behind the launch of the 20-curve, mile-long chute where athletes prep for their World Cup competitions that take place this December through March. Throughout the winter, visitors can take a breathtaking half-mile bobsled ride down the track’s final 11 curves (with a pro driver and braker) at speeds up to 55 mph. Check out nearby Whiteface Mountain for downhill and Nordic skiing, too.
Lake Placid, NY; www.lakeplacid.com; 518.523.4436