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Best Off-Mountain Activities in the Catskills

Forget shoveling the driveway – head to the Catskills for an awesome Winter vacation and discover why Winter is the most underappreciated time to travel.

In the Great Northern Catskills, winter is a time of returning to the glee of a snow day – when you wanted nothing more than to play outside all day. This winter, when the temperatures drop and the snow banks rise, instead of spending your time shoveling the driveway or snowblowing your sidewalk, get out of town! The best part is, you don't have to be a downhill skiier or snowboarder to enjoy winter; there are so many off-mountain winter activities to experience in the Catskills.

Head to the Great Northern Catskills where an epic winter trip awaits!

Go Hiking!

So, here's the thing you need to know about hiking in the winter – prepare or beware! Wear layers, bring food and water, wear grippy shoes or add microspikes or Yak Traks-type things to your wardrobe, and make sure you know exactly where you are going. After that, just enjoy it, man. One of our favorite places to hike is along the Windham Path – it is scenic, simple and close to Windham's restaurants and bars. Or the Huckleberry Trail, it's great for snowshoeing, hiking and it's close to some really great restaurants – such as Maggie's Krooked Café in Tannersville.

Go Snowshoeing!

Bearpen Mountain Sports is one of the Catskills top spots for all things winter fun. Snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails as well as fat biking and snowtubing are available. For those who like to kick it old school, sledding is also on the menu at Bearpen with Airboard Snow Sled and Tube Pro Ice Sleds available for rent. Rentals are available for all activities too, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Have your own gear? Head to Mountain Top Arboretum to explore the gardens and groves in winter, or hit up one of the many designated snowshoe trail networks in Greene County.

Do Nothing!

What’s better than staying indoors on a frosty day? Check in to one of our infamous Catskills resorts for a few nights and literally do nothing by relax if you feel like it. Check out some of our winter packages and enjoy excellent food, great views, a trip or two to the spa, and the simple pleasure of curling up in front of a roaring fire with a good book and a better drink. Discover the Great Northern Catskills under-the-radar food scene offering unique dining and lodging options like those found at Jessie’s Harvest House, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, and many more!

Discover the full wintry fun-scape of the Great Northern Catskills and start planning your Catskills winter vacation.

Downhill Skiing in the Catskill Mountains

From Hunter Mountain’s wild slopes with incredible snow coverage due to snowmaking being available on 100% of the trails, to Windham Mountain’s family-friendly vibe and great cruisers, you’re about to score some epic runs.