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!