Two hours' drive from Midtown, the Catskill Mountains offer some of the best alpine skiing and riding on the East Coast at Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain. Unparalleled really. Throw in Hunter's après ski scene, and Windham's family-friendly Adventure Park and lodging properties, and you're got one enticing weekend destination. Prepare the skis, explore your Catskills lodging options, and get your season passes today!
Learn How to Ski One Day, Shred the Next
As far as winter sports go, alpine skiing and snowboarding are the cornerstones of cold-weather fun. If you’re new to the hill, even better! Hunter Mountain and Windham’s learn to ski programs provide practical, affordable and confidence-building lessons for all ages. Even if you’ve been skiing for years, but want to learn how to do a particular skill or try out a new style such as tele skiing, the mountain’s pro instructors will take your from lack-of, to total confidence.
Not Into Skiing? No Worries!
The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are part of the Catskill Park, a 700,000 acre wilderness crisscrossed by Nordic ski trails and snowshoe paths.
Windham Mountain Country Club’s Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center offers 35 kilometers of groomed trails winding around 300 acres – making for an easy spot to try either activity for the first time, or find a new favorite snowshoeing or cross country skiing trail. Rentals are available right at the country club or within a snow ball’s throw of the club at Windham Mountain Outfitters, and cross country skis can be rented from Mountain Trails X-C Ski & Snowshoe Center in Tannersville.
For ATV-enthusiasts, snowmobiling in the Catskills is a must try. Rip Van Winkle Snowmobiling & ATV Rentals in Haines Falls is the only game in town, but you’ll have an epic time with them.
Catskills Beverage Trail
If cozy armchairs located near crackling fires are more your speed than say, shredding the slopes, never fear. The Catskills are here to provide exactly the right amount of revelry meets relaxation. Spend an afternoon exploring the Catskills Beverage Trail, a series of six adult beverage spots linked by their dedication to creating delicious beers and wines using locally sourced ingredients. Many of the breweries are conveniently attached to pubs and restaurants, so you can quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite.
For the Kiddos in the Catskills
Windham Mountain Adventure Park offers big thrills for your little ones. Eight lanes of snowtubing, an ice skating rink, two ziplines, and a pint-sized snowmobile park, as well as a cozy lodge perfect for warming up with hot cocoa and a snack.
Mini Mights at Hunter offers lessons for four-year-olds, instructing the tykes on how to perform a wedge when skiing, take small turns and participate in group dynamics.
A perfectly groomed adventure or a trek into the wild back country, a glass of locally made, award-winning wine, or a hand-crafted beer made within a few miles – tailor your Catskills winter getaway to suit your mood. Explore winter in the Catskills, and the next time it snows; consider it an open invitation to see what all the fuss is about! We’ll see you on the slopes.