What’s Happening at Hudson Valley Ski Areas in Summertime
Make the most of the snow-free slopes with music festivals, outdoor thrills, and sky-high adventures at the mountainside locales.
Joyriders enjoy a trip up to the 3,200-foot summit aboard Hunter Mountain’s Scenic Skyride experience
With ski season still months away and summer staycation plans front and center, a trip to the slopes is probably the last thing on your mind. But it shouldn’t be! When snow season ends and summer vibes begin, the Hudson Valley ski areas come alive with warm weather fun for locals and visitors alike. As music festivals, outdoor adventures, and yoga retreats take over the mountains, there’s no better time to hit the slopes.
Photos by Windham Mountain
If you think Belleayre’s winter programming is stellar, just wait until you experience the mountain’s summer schedule. Bring the family to Highmount for gondola rides, picnics, and hikes, or head straight to the Belleayre Beach for a refreshing dip. If adventure is calling, mountain biking across the picturesque trails is a thrilling way to get moving outdoors. As for events, Belleayre keeps the party going with summertime soirees, socials, and movie nights on the beach.
While Catamount is a top spot for skiing in the Berkshires throughout winter, it transforms into an adventure center for summer. The Catamount Aerial Adventure Park is the top to-do on the grounds and boasts 12 courses packed with bridges, ladders, and obstacles galore. For more high-flying fun, the soon-to-be completed Catamount Zip Tour dares visitors to speed along 5,500 feet of ziplines from the summit to the base, with the potential to reach speeds up to 55 mph.
In close proximity to Resorts World Catskills and The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark, Holiday Mountain is a family fun park come summer. Filled with kid-approved rides, bumper cars, a rock wall, mini golf, and more, the mountain is a great option for day trips in Sullivan County. Purchase a fun park wristband for a full day of entertainment, then add on paintball shooting and swings at the batting cages for a day the kids won’t soon forget.
Take the kids out on the water for some kayaking at Belleayre Beach (left) or release the inner thrill-seeker in you by tackling the largest and highest zipline canopy in North America at Hunter Mountain
If you love Hunter during the chilly months, prepare to be wowed by the Greene County mountain during summer. A must for thrill seekers, the destination keeps hearts racing with its New York Zipline Canopy Tours, which feature six ziplines and four suspension bridges. For a more grounded adventure, the 4x4 off-road treks with Northeast Off-Road Adventures take riders across streams, over mud, and on top of rocks toward the 3200-foot summit. Of course, Hunter has chiller summer to-dos too. Visitors can unwind with fly fishing, disc golf, and hiking or sit back and relax on the Scenic Skyride up to the peak of the mountain.
All summer long, Hunter is one of the Hudson Valley’s top venues for food and music festivals. TAP New York Craft Beer & Food Fest and the Taste of Country Fest kick things off in late spring, while the Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival and Oktoberfest round out the season in early fall.
A privately-owned mountain in the Northwestern Catskills, Plattekill keeps the fun going in summer with mountaintop yoga, mountain biking weekends, and music on the mountain concerts, which feature a variety of local and visiting acts. Visit the mountain’s website for a look at the lineup, then head to Roxbury for a full day of barbecue, skyrides, and community cornhole games.
A year-round experience, Windham Mountain is a delight for families come summer. For serious thrills, the Windham Mountain Bike Park is home to the longest jump trail on the East Coast. On the more casual end of the spectrum, the Windham Country Club is a breezy 18-hole public course with spectacular greens and views of the Great Northern Catskills. Nearby, the Skyride, a two-mile chairlift ride that takes riders to the peak of the 3,050-foot summit, is a must for visitors of all ages. For a serious treat, schedule a picnic package with Tapletop Deli to enjoy on the way to the summit.
Looking for even more to do at Windham? The mountain regularly offers morning yoga classes and Music on the Mountain sessions with visiting artists.