The first time I saw a seven-piece mariachi band enter my subway car, I thought I had seen just about everything. That was until I saw a shockingly unusual sight: four skiers, bundled in their snow pants and Spyder jackets, and one snowboarder who clearly was trying to rebel against his preppy parents. How ridiculous, I thought, skiers in Manhattan? True Roosevelt Island has a gondola, but that’s as close as this city will ever get to being a ski resort. It turns out there are over 40 places to ski in the tri-state area and eight of them are accessible via public transportation from NYC. Few things can be more difficult for the skier stuck in New York than figuring out a ride to the mountains, so I have taken the stress out and assembled a list below. And if it ever snows, I hope we all find fresh powder this season.

1. Tuxedo Ridge, NY 8 trails, 400 ft. vertical drop, terrain park, night skiing Short Line Bus from Port Authority or take Metro-North/NJ Transit’s Main/Bergen-Port Jervis Line to Tuxedo Station. Free shuttle provided to the mountain from train station on weekends with a reservation.

2. Thunder Ridge, NY 32 trails, 500 ft. vertical drop, terrain park, night skiing Metro-North to Patterson, NY. Free shuttle provided to the mountain from station.

3. Rocking-Horse Ranch Resort, NY 150 ft. vertical drop, take Metro-North or Amtrak to Poughkeepsie, NY.

4. Windham Mountain, NY 49 trails, 1,600 ft. vertical drop, terrain park, night skiing, lodging Adirondack Trailways from Port Authority or a variety of other shuttle services from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

5.  Belleayre Mountain  47 trails, 1404 ft vertical drop, terrain park, 5 glades and 2 progression parks, plus cross country. Four lodges and a kids camp for the little ones. 2 1/2 hours from NYC, take the  Adirondack Trailways Bus Company  and get a package deal.

6. Hunter Mountain, NY 55 trails, 1,600 ft. vertical drop, terrain park Adirondack Trailways from Port Authority or a variety of other shuttle services from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

7. Gore Mountain, NY 95 trails, 2,537 ft. vertical drop, lodging Amtrak to Saratoga Springs, NY. Gore Mountain Snow Train provides service directly to North Creek.

8. Whiteface/Lake Placid, NY 87 trails, 3,430 ft. vertical drop, terrain park, lodging Adirondack Trailways from Port Authority or Amtrak to Westport, NY. Shuttle bus service available to the mountain from the station with a reservation.

9. Mountain Creek Resort, NJ 41 trails, 1,040 ft. vertical drop, terrain park, night skiing, lodging NJ Transit bus service from Port Authority and Wayne Transit Center every weekend and holiday through March 6.

See you on the slopes!

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8 Responses
  1. Winter greetings! Besides downhill skiing, winter enthusiasts also search out places to cross country ski and snowshoe close to NYC, too. When the conditions allow, the Fahnestock WInter Park (FWP) is a great full service outdoor recreation venue serving folks in the lower Hudson Valley. An easy drive, FWP is also accessible by the Metro-North commuter train to Cold Spring, NY and a short taxi ride to the park.

  2. Mr. Curley…I find it very hard to believe that you did not include Belleayre Mountain Ski Center as part of your article. This wonderful family friendly mountain ( is only 2.5 hours north of NYC in the heart of the Catskill Forest Preserve…right in Highmount NY…and we have been successfully promoting our “Take The Bus To Us” packages with the Adirondack Trailways Bus Company for about 18 years ( One can choose from a daily trip, to one and two night stays with lodging, round trip transportation, lift tickets, beginner lessons and shuttle service included. Plus, we have always had charter bus groups and tour busses that, over the course of many years, have brought tens of thousands of skiers up to Belleayre to LEARN TO SKI!
    If you have that urge to ski and board a quality mountain this winter, whether you are a beginner or an expert AND YOU NEED TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM A SKI CENTER…check out Belleayre Mountain! You are going to love it!

    Don L. Myers
    Belleayre Region Lodging and Tourism Rep.

  3. Belleayre Mountain ( is just two and half hours from NYC. A fantastic place with friendly staff and family orientated. They have something for every level skier. Area accommodations and restaurants for every budget!

  4. Phoenicia Lodge Reply

    Don’t forget about Belleayre Mountain ( – it’s a great family-friendly mountain, is actually closer to NYC than most of the places you’ve listed and area lodges have incredible discounts.

  5. Where is Belleayre Mt Ski Center listed? That is a shame that Belleayre has not been included. Belleayre is located along Route 28 in the central Catskills just 30 minutes from the Kingston Exit 16 along the NYS Thruway.
    It is a great place to ski.

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