Best Winter Activities in the Catskills
The Great Northern Catskills offer off-mountain adventure and opportunities for relaxation – whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, or neither! Find out why winter is one of the best times to explore the Catskills.
In the Great Northern Catskills, winter is a time to return to the glee of snow days. If you are asking yourself "what can I do in hunter Mountain if I don't ski?" Or whether your idea of a day off is skiing or snowboarding down a mountain, following snowshoe trails through the woods, or shopping downtown and enjoying a craft beer tasting, the Catskills are the ideal destination! From winter hiking or snowshoeing in a mountain top arboretum to making relaxation in a cozy lodge the center of your trip – find the snow day you’re dreaming of right here in the Great Northern Catskills.
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 to your footwear, and make sure you know exactly where you are going. After that, just enjoy it. 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 snow tubing 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 but relax - if you feel like it. Review 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!
If you are seeking the thrill of skiing or snowboarding, discover the full wintry fun-scape of the Great Northern Catskills and start planning your Catskills winter vacation by including some downhill options.
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.