Ski, Spa, Sip, Repeat - Savoring Winter in the Catskills

Get the Most Out of Your Next Ski Trip – Head to the Catskills for Pampering On and Off the Slopes
Escape to the Catskills for Winter Fun
Come to the Great Northern Catskills this winter to experience world-class skiing, riding and plenty of off mountain activites for the whole family!

Think skiing and snowboarding are just for “outdoorsy” people? Think again. The Great Northern Catskills’ two alpine ski resorts not only offer the freshest freshies and pow pow within two hours of NYC, but a whole list of killer restaurants, après ski party spots and off-piste activities like snow yoga and hot stone massage. Check out Hunter and Windham Mountains and decide which to ski or ride first. 

Save time. Stay close.

Don’t want to schlep to the mountain? Don’t have to when you stay at Winwood Inn & Condos in Windham. A snowball’s throw from the base lodge, you can book a room, condo or private home. Grab your guy or gal pals and head to the mountain for the best ski vaca. Enjoy an after-ski chill and beat some vintage arcade games, hit up the property’s movie theater, or onsite restaurant, Rock’n Mexicana. 

Like Daniel Tosh, we too like seasons. Seasons restaurant at Windham Mountain Resort, that is. The mountain’s newest dining hot spot offers panoramic views of the mountains, large fireplaces for getting cozy, vaulted ceilings to create that European ski resort feel, and a fantastic menu. 

Over at Hunter Mountain, The Kaatskill Mountain Club offers luxury slopeside lodging offering all the amenities you need to have the best ski getaway of your life. Great pub fair and sit-down dining at Van Winkle’s, sushi, noodle bowls at SLURP Noodle Bar, or waffles at the base lodge – satisfy your belly after a day on the mountain.  Up for some après ski? The Main Bar in the Base Lodge, and the Coppertree Bar, also in the Base Lodge, are fun places to relax, kick back, and mingle with your friends... and make new ones!

Save money, too.

Save some Presidents and buy your lift tickets online, or if you’re planning on skiing more than once during the winter, buy a Windham 1Card and go straight to the lift without having to fuss around at the ticket window.  While you're at it, purchase Hunter's 3X Card, offering three lift tickets for less than $50 per visit! But hurry, these deals don't last forever.

Both mountains offer different deals throughout the season, so check in with them often to get the most bang for your buck. With savings this great and mountains this close, there's no reason why you can't ski and ride down both throughout the season. 

Learning to ski and ride has never been easier. Seriously.

Begin your learning experience at Hunter Mountain, then continue making lifelong memories on our slopes! From expansive beginner terrain to steeps and moguls for the seasoned pro, Hunter Mountain’s terrain is suitable for all abilities.  Pop-Up Park Sessions for snowboarders are offered every Saturday in the Terrain Park, providing park-focused sessions that will have you flipping Ollies and Grinds in no time.  Not a boarder? Hunter’s lineup of lessons and workshops runs the gamut of disciplines.  

Over at Windham, the Learn to Ski program starts at age three, but it's never too late to learn with classes for the 50+ crowd. Feeling shy and a little self-conscious? Both resorts will hold private lessons, letting you learn in the comfort of your own zone.  Or, if you're a life long skier and want to try something new, how about a snowboard lesson or two?

Don't go buying all that equipment before you know how to ski or ride - both mountains have some of the best brand names out there for you to rent during your lessons. 

Ziplining? Check. Snowtubing? Check. Relaxing at the end of the day? You bet.

What's better than skiing or snowboarding down the slopes? Flying over them. Hunter Mountain is home to New York Zipline Canopy Tours which boasts the highest, fastest and longest zipline canopy tour in North America, and it's open all winter long. Dress accordingly and prepare for extreme amounts of adventure.  Or, if snowtubing is more your style, head over to Windham for hours of fun sliding down a 650' snow-covered slope over and over again. Go solo or tie up to some buddies for even more fun. While you're there, check out the Big Air Bag, allowing you to be more daring than usual with your jumps since you're guaranteed a soft, cushy landing.

End your day with pampering. Both Windham and Hunter have full-service spas ready to relax and refresh you. Shred then exhale as a master-level masseuse works the kinks out of your shoulders and back at the Mountain Club Spa at Hunter. Or, join a yoga class that will rejuvenate your bones and biceps at Windham. Feel like kicking your yoga practice up a notch? Join in one of the Windham’s Snowga classes. Yep, yoga in the snow. Dress accordingly. 

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