Gore Mountain in New York. Image via Wikimedia Commons by Ian Taylor

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 10 of them are accessible via public transportation just 2-3 hours 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.

10. Hunter Mountain

One of the blue trails on Hunter Mountain. Photo by Shinya Suzuki via Flickr Creative Commons

Just three hours from New York up in the Catskills Hunter Mountain. With 58 trails and 1,600 ft vertical drop, and terrain park, it’s a great place and fairly affordable for a quick weekend ski that doesn’t require the trek to further upstate. Lift tickets are on the cheaper side than most major resorts in Vermont, starting at $75.

While all the mountains on this list are of course accessible by car, but if you’re looking to make it up using public transportation, the NYC Snow Bus has an almost daily route to Hunter Mountain and is the easiest way to get up there (it also includes combination deals with lift tickets, rentals, and lessons for all mountains the service goes to!), along with these other charter bus options. Adirondack Trailways from the Port Authority Bus Terminal is also another option.

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  1. Nick Micalone Reply

    The West Point Ski Center is an interesting trip. Not elaborate, it is inexpensive, and under an hour from NYC. It is open to the public, but because it is relatively unknown, iy’s never crowded. It also has night skiing. It is good for a short skiing session, meaning, you leave work, ski for a few hours, and are home for the late TV news.

    There are numerous restaurants in the area, including two excellent, incredibly inexpensive Chinese Buffets, located in the same mall. Lodgings are also inexpensive, provided there are no West Point home football games. They range up to the medestly inexpensive, Historic West Point Hotel, and include many of the big hotel chains, all witrhin a 15 minute ride..

    An inexpensive weekend can include the first U.S. National Historic Site; Washington’s Headquarters and museum, in Newburgh, and many more little known historic sites in the area. The West Point Museum houses one of the largest military collections in the world, for those so inclined to that discipline; admission is free. The West Point Tours, Inc , West Point tour, seems to be a destination for many Chinese and Japanese tourists. It is interesting, and I have taken it several times.

    The Fort Montgomery Historical site, one of the newest, has a nice museum, and a short well done video, both are free. In nearby Highland Falls is their quaint library, which has won acclaim as one of the best small town libraries.

    There are many little known, but interesting historical facts, about the area, that most of the locals are not aware of. If interested, I would contribute some facts to your organization.

    Regards,
    Nick M.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (belleayre.com) 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 (catskillhighpeaks.com). 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.

  4. Belleayre Mountain (www.Belleayre.com) 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!

  5. Phoenicia Lodge Reply

    Don’t forget about Belleayre Mountain (www.belleayre.com) – 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.

  6. 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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