Here's Where You Can Go Skiing, Skating, Snowshoeing and More in the Valley

The region’s best reasons to warm up to winter


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This winter, hit the slopes at Mount Peter Ski Area in Warwick

SKIING & TUBING

There’s something for everybody when it comes to hitting the slopes in the Valley — from mega-ski facilities with top-ranked pro runs, to family friendly, low-key community parks. Many sites nowadays offer a variety of sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country trails, and tubing runs. Here’s just a sample:

 

Mount Peter Ski Area, Warwick
This family-run skiing, snowboarding and tubing facility in Warwick is celebrating its 80th year. A favorite of many for its low-key atmosphere, free lessons for skiers and snowboarders (with purchase of a lift ticket; check for dates and times), Mount Peter offers kiddie-level lessons for toddlers, a terrain park and more. 845.986.4940; www.mtpeter.com

Sawkill Family Ski Center, Kingston
A low-stress, local ski spot to take the kids, this beginner-level, family-oriented area just outside Kingston is open weekends and holidays. You’ll also find tubing and snowboarding, plus rentals and instruction. www.sawkillski.com

Belleayre Mountain, Highmount
This popular regional winter destination located in Highmount has 50 trails, eight lifts, lessons for all experience levels, and lodging. Plus, a vertical drop of 1,404 feet, if yu feel daring. 845.254.5600 or 800.942.6904; www.belleayre.com

Hunter Mountain, Tannersville
It operates 12 lifts, 58 trails, and also features tubing, plus group and private ski lessons. Accommodations include several convenient lodges near the slopes. 800.486.8376; www.huntermtn.com 


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Windham Mountain, Windham
With 54 trails and 12 lifts, its 285 skiable acres provide plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors. Winter sports lovers can also visit its on-site inn, spa, and restaurants. 800.754.9463; www.windhammountain.com 

Catamount Ski & Snowboarding Area, Hillsdale
Located in Hillsdale, Catamount features 7 lifts, 36 trails, a snowboarding terrain park and lots more for lovers of the winter sports scene. 518.325.3200; www.catamountski.com

 

ICE SKATING

Many major ski centers and resorts – and don’t forget your local, municipal and county parks -- offer user-friendly rinks where kids of all ages can enjoy a traditional outdoor spin on the ice. Among them:

Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Tomkins Cove
This popular spot draws loyal winter fans to the park every year. Skate rentals are available; there’s also a snack bar for beverages to warm you up when you take a break from the ice. Night-skating sessions are scheduled, too. 845.786.2701 ext. 266; www.bearmountainicerink.com

Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
You can glide across a 76-by-80-foot skating rink while enjoying expansive views of the nearby Hudson River; families also love the gentle sledding hills in this bucolic, 301-acre park. 845.298.4600; www.dutchesstourism.com

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
The world-renowned New Paltz resort offers skating sessions in its rustic, covered outdoor pavilion. It’s fun to combine a session on the ice with a tasty meal at Mohonk when you register as a day guest. 855.883.3798; www.mohonk.com

Empire State Plaza, Albany
A cool place to dress warmly and savor a few hours of skating outdoors in the middle of the city. The rink is ringed by notable structures ranging from the modernist The Egg arts center to the historic Capitol building. Skate rentals available. 518.474.4759; www.empirestateplaza.org


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CROSS COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING

It’s a breeze to slip on a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and head out on a crisp winter day. Just be sure access to the land is legal -- and remember, these sports are less strenuous on a groomed trail – you’re also less likely to lose your way in the snowy woods. Snowmobiling is also permitted in certain areas of some state parks and preserves throughout the Valley. Some suggestions:

 

Hollow State Forest, New Lebanon
More than 500 acres of wooded land offer endless options for hiking and winter biking. There are also snowmobile/ski trails and cross-country skiing.  www.dec.ny.gov

Fahnestock Winter Park, Carmel
Part of the 16,000 acre Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, the Winter Park provides groomed, mapped trails; you’ll also find a nifty sledding hill plus ski rentals, food and beverages. 845.225.3998; www.nysparks.com

Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga
More than 12 miles of groomed trails make this an ideal choice for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as you wind through the picturesque park on the outskirts of Saratoga. It also includes an outdoor ice-skating rink and hockey rink. 518.584.2535; www.nysparks.com

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson
Enjoy woodland snowshoeing trails and cross-country skiing areas at this popular park. It boasts 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths that wind through the beautiful Shawangunk Mountain ridge. 845.255.0752; www.nysparks.state.ny.us

Full Moon Resort, Big Indian
This getaway, tucked into the Catskills in Big Indian, offers 100 acres of fields that are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Bring your own equipment, or head for the day to the nearby Frost Valley YMCA – 845.985.2291; www.frostvalley.org – which features 30 miles of trails, including groomed trails to walk or glide through the woods and meadows. 845.254.5117; www.fullmoonresort.com  

Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland
It’s tough to be bored at this 500-acre, family-oriented, four-season destination in Highland. Choose from the winter snow park, snow tubing, a skating rink, skiing and cross-country skiing. And what’s more postcard-perfect than a horse-drawn sleigh ride on a snowy afternoon at the ranch? 845.691.2927; www.rockinghorseranch.com  


For more on HV's coolest​ cold weather activities, check out our Winter Fun Guide.

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