Discover Why Winter is the Most Underappreciated Time to Travel
Forget Shoveling the Driveway – Head to the Catskills for a Greatest of All Time Winter Vacation
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! Head to the Great Northern Catskills where a Greatest of All Time winter trip awaits. Let us be your #EscapeGOAT from those mundane winter chores.
Windham Mountain Adventure Park offers families a one-stop place to enjoy the best of winter’s activities. Go ice-skating at the outdoor skating rink after skiing and riding, take a spin on the Nordic and snowshoe trails, go snowtubing, or let the little ones go wild in the Kid’s Snowmobile Park where pint-sized snowmobiles and a closed track provide a unique experience to kids ages six and older weighing less than 120 pounds.
By now, you've probably heard of the New York Zipline Adventure Tour at Hunter Mountain. Your buds probably came back from a summer zip and were like, dude it's amazing...or not. However, it is amazing. You fly 600 feet above the ground and can reach speeds of 50 mph. It's wild, and the experience includes multiple ziplines that start at the top of the mountain and transport you to the bottom. Oh, and you can do it in winter too. No joke, grab your goggles and warm clothes and go for a ride across a frozen landscape.
What’s better than the thrill of sliding down a groomed trail in an inflatable inner tube with your best buds? Not much. Hunter Mountain offers lift-serviced snowtubing to nine chutes and 1,000 feet of vertical. At Windham Mountain’s Adventure Park offers eight lanes of tubing serviced by two rope tows for easy access. Go tubing this winter and have a blast chuting down manicured lanes as the stars twinkle overhead.
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.
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.
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!
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.