Fresh Tracks: Great Places To Ski Near NYC for 2016

Killington Resort
Killington Resort

In below-freezing temperatures, it’s tempting to crawl under the warmth of your covers and hide out until spring. But we encourage you to embrace the cold with a weekend excursion to one of the Northeast’s top ski resorts, where you can take in the fresh mountain air, gorgeous summit views that stretch for miles, and the kind of quiet serenity that just can’t be found in a big city. With plenty of locations geared toward little ones—one just a mere 47 miles from New York City—there’s a suitable adventure for every family.

For an updated list of family ski resorts for 2019, check out The Best Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in Upstate New York

IN 2 HOURS OR LESS

Camelback Mountain (Tannersville, PA)
Situated in the Poconos, Camelback has it all: 34 sprawling trails (all lighted for night skiing), kids’ and adult lesson packages, diverse dining choices, and lodging to fit every budget. An especially unique draw is the Neon Terrain Park, a snowboarding haven that features custom murals painted by professional graffiti artists. At the end of a rigorous day on the slopes, the grownups can retire to the Thirsty Camel or the Glen Lodge Smoke House to unwind with some live music. About 1.5 hours from NYC, skicamelback.com

Mountain Creek (Vernon, NJ)

An excursion to Mountain Creek is a quick and painless journey from the city, clocking in at just 47 miles from the George Washington Bridge. At Mountain Creek, you’ll find that the offerings go way beyond exhilarating trails, with top-notch learning programs for skiers and boarders—not to mention zipline tours and an Alpine Mountain Coaster, a cross between an alpine slide and a rollercoaster. Best of all: The mountain stays open late, so the fun doesn’t have to end once the sun goes down!  About 1.5 hours from NYC, mountaincreek.com

Thunder Ridge Ski Resort (Patterson, NY)
This snowy escape is a short 75-minute drive from New York City, close enough to ensure that cranky complaints and requests for bathroom stops will be kept to minimum. Thunder Ridge boasts 30 different trails with three chairlifts and four kid-friendly magic carpet lifts, making it suitable for skiers and boarders of every age and skill level. For an alternative to driving, you can take the Metro-North Ski Train to the Patterson station and enjoy free shuttle service right to the resort. About 1.5 hours from NYC,thunderridgeski.com

Blue Mountain (Palmerton, PA)
Stationed within the gorgeous Little Gap Valley, Blue Mountain offers 39 trails, 6 terrain parks, up to 22 tubing lanes, plus an incredible view of the Pocono Mountains. Head here for Pennsylvania’s highest vertical drop and a variety of terrain to suit every skill level. When dinnertime rolls around, stay near the slope with one of many on-site restaurants, or venture out into town for a memorable meal! About 2 hours from NYC, skibluemt.com

IN 3 HOURS OR LESS

Belleayre Mountain (Highmount, NY)
This popular snow haven has 50 different trails for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, including mogul trails ranging from intermediate to expert and fives glades for the adventurous. The resort came from modest beginnings, but over the last 20 years it has grown to attract thousands of winter sport enthusiasts each season. For little ones who are still learning, the Kidscamp caters to ages 4-12 for skiing and  snowboarding. About 2.5 hours from NYC, belleayre.com

Hunter Mountain (Hunter, NY)
Tucked away in the Catskills, Hunter is the perfect destination for novice skiers. The vast mountain is nationally recognized as a prime resort for those who are learning to ski. Hunter One, an independent training mountain featuring user-friendly lifts and varied terrain, allows beginners to gradually build skills and gain confidence. After a grueling day on the slopes, parents can kick back and give those muscles a break at the resort’s luxury spa center while the kids enjoy waffles made fresh-to-order with their choice of topping.  About 2.5 hours from NYC, huntermtn.com

Windham Mountain (Windham, NY)
Windham offers the most skiing and snowboarding within 200 miles of New York City, with roughly 1,600 vertical feet of trails. In addition to the slopes, the resort has an assortment of great restaurant options, including an outdoor barbecue and bar. If you enjoy the royal treatment, become a member of the 3500 Club for access to a private locker room that boasts its own restrooms, boot dryers, big screen televisions, an exclusive slopeside entrance, and oversized lockers for conveniently storing your family’s equipment.  About 2.5 hours from NYC, windhammountain.com

Jiminy Peak (Hancock, MA)
The largest ski resort in southern New England, Jiminy Peak is the only mountain-based resort in North America that uses alternative wind power to create its own energy. The mountain is carved with 45 trails, nearly half of which remain lit at night to allow for skiing beneath the stars. For beginners or those who have yet to master the slopes, learning programs are available for adults and children as young as 3. About 3 hours from NYC, jiminypeak.com

IN 5 HOURS OR LESS

Wachusett Mountain (Princeton, MA)

Wachusett Mountain (Princeton, MA)
With panoramic views of the Boston skyline from its peak, this Massachusetts mountain provides equal amounts novice and advanced terrain, as well as night-skiing. Enjoy live music and entertainment après ski in the Coppertop Lounge every weekend. About 3.5 hours from NYC, wachusett.com

Stratton Mountain (Stratton Mountain, VT)
Breathe in the brisk Vermont air while exploring Stratton’s 97 different trails, ranging from the meandering and scenic to the steep and adrenaline-pumping. The mountain operates 11 lifts and one high-speed gondola to transport you to the top, as well as a magic carpet lift for those who prefer not to stray from the bunny slopes. After the last run of the day, retire to the cozy, rustic lodge or venture into the quaint village at the mountain’s base for an evening of shopping and dining. About 4 hours from NYC, stratton.com

Killington Resort (Killington, VT)
Located in the heart of Vermont, Killington offers 155 trails spread across seven different mountain peaks with ample lifts to get you where you need to be. While the mountain may hold the record for the greatest vertical drop in the New England region (3,050 feet), the excitement doesn’t end once you kick off your skis. Off-mountain attractions include a tubing park, sleigh rides, snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, spa treatments, live bands, festivals, and more than 100 restaurant and bars to explore in the region—certainly enough to make the drive worth your time! About 4.5 hours from NYC, killington.com

Okemo Mountain Resort (Ludlow, VT)
Find 121 thrill-inducing trails woven throughout Okemo Mountain. Rated a Top US Family Snow Resort by Parents Magazine, the resort offers a range of lesson programs to ensure your little one will be gliding down the slopes with confidence in no time. If you’re feeling adventurous, test your skills at one of eight terrain parks. With challenges like rails, jumps, and pumps, these parks range in difficulty from beginner-friendly to daredevils-only. When night falls, take a tour of the mountain with a tranquil Snowcat Ride. About 4.5 hours from NYC, okemo.com

Whiteface Mountain (Wilmington, NY)
As the two-time home of the Olympic Winter Games, Whiteface Mountain at Lake Placid has trails and activities for advanced athletes and beginners alike. With 87 trails and the greatest vertical drop in the east at 3430 feet, Whiteface is sure to thrill.   Beyond the trails, Whiteface offers bobsled rides, an Olympic museum, live music, and restaurants and boutiques for every budget. After a long day on the slopes, parents can head to the spa while the kids catch a movie. About 5 hours from NYC, whiteface.com

Waterville Valley Resort (Waterville Valley, NH)
Nestled in the vast expanse of the White Mountain National Forest, the trails comprising Waterville Valley Resort suit every level of skier, from the slow learner to the speed demon. The resort’s Adaptive Snowsports program offers children and adults with physical and mental challenges the chance to experience the mountain with the assistance of dedicated volunteers. After the lifts have been put to rest for the day, you’ll find another way to traverse the snowy terrain with a Twilight Dogsled Excursion, in which a team of friendly sled dogs will lead riders through the breathtaking valley. About 5.5 hours from NYC, waterville.com

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A-Game Sports

<div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;">A-Game Sports is a premier provider of sports camps, programming and instruction for kids of all ages ranging from toddlers to teens. As an instructional and recreational youth sports facility, our goal is to make athletics a rewarding experience for all kids. A-Game Sports is located in New Rochelle, NY, and offers camps, lessons, customized programs for more than 10 sports and rental space for private events. A-Game Sports was founded in 2013 by two guys who decided that it was time to do what they truly love in life. Since then, we've made the ideology of fusing hard work and fun into a reality. Our dedicated staff of professional coaches share their enthusiasm with kids of all ages and skill levels that take part in our programs.</p> </div> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;"> </p> </div> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px;">With turfed fields for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and flag football, batting cages and tunnels for baseball and softball, and various basketball programs, A-Game Sports is one of the premiere sports facilities for kids and adults of any age. Aspiring athletes and fitness enthusiasts will benefit from our many strength and conditioning programs, while children new to sports will learn skills and techniques within their chosen sport, all while having a great time and keeping the game fun.</p> </div>

Child's Play NY Virtual Classes

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f0d8558c-7fff-41d5-daea-321d9ce61efc" style="white-space: normal; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Child's Play NY is a Brooklyn-based company founded in 2009, committed to offering a diverse array of theater arts classes for children. They believe studying the art of acting encourages kids to be even more creative, collaborative and compassionate human beings. Since its inception, Child's Play NY has touched the lives of hundreds of students, worked inside dozens of schools and is consistently ranked as among the top theater arts programs. </span></span></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap;">It is the 2019 winner of Brooklyn Family's Choice award for Best Performing Arts Class.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fall/Winter 2020-21 Virtual Class Guide</span><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">:</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: underline; text-decoration-skip: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Make a Movie Class</span></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Experience creative fulfillment and movie magic with Child’s Play NY! Kids get to make and star in their own film, with professional actors, directors and designers. From development to design to editing choices too, kids can take ownership over the creative process. Their friends and family get to celebrate their accomplishments at a final watch party premiere! Deep project-based learning and peer-connection is at the heart of this 9-week experience which can be done remotely or in-person.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: underline; text-decoration-skip: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fall and Winter Virtual Classes</span></strong></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-left: 36pt; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><strong>Hogwarts School (grades 1-3)</strong>: Come get sorted into your favorite house, jump on your Firebolt and let’s make some magic! Class culminates in a movie montage featuring our original scripted work from the session.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: underline; text-decoration-skip: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Create Your Own Class</span></strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Make your own custom group to support social-emotional growth and play. Child’s Play NY provides a dynamic teacher and their lauded curriculum that puts peer-interaction at the front and center. Custom classes are a special way to nurture what your child loves most and share that excitement with their friends, in-person or online.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Playwriting (Grades 4-6)</strong></div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Students will use their creativity, compassion and confidence to build a story they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Individually, each student will craft a play, and together they will workshop their scenes, exercising their acting, directing, and most importantly, imagination skills. Over the course of the sessions, students will learn the basics of playwriting and be able to present any and all parts of their theatrical story. All classes will include individual assignments and collaborative opportunities. Each day will be structured so that all participants have the chance to learn and study other writers’ work, write for 10-15 minutes and share their words with each other. By the end of the semester they will have used their bodies, intellect and imagination to come up with an original play. By being confident, vulnerable and creative with each other and actively supporting and encouraging each other’s work, students will emerge with meaningful connections to each other and a strong sense of their writing and collaborative abilities.<br />Class culminates in a montage and packet of students’ original work.<strong><br /></strong></div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Musical Theater Lab (Grades 4-6)</strong></div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Learn how to be a triple threat in this dynamic class for budding performers with Child’s Play NY. Students focus on songs, dances and characters from Broadway’s most celebrated and kid-friendly shows. They work alongside professional performers with years of experience bringing their passion to children. Class culminates in a movie showcase of scenes and songs.<br />Join for the full session, or enroll as a drop-in!<strong><br /></strong></div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Shakespeare Scene Study (Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12)</strong></div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Young people become confident with Shakespeare’s world, language and characters as they learn how to interpret a role with technique and courage. Classically trained professional actors assist the players in their physical, vocal and emotional transformations. All Shakespeare teaching artists are classically trained professional actors and have performed Shakespeare both on and off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country.</div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Students jump into the worlds of Shakespeare in this robust mash-up of improvisation and classic text scene study class. After learning the plot and characters from several plays, they rehearse and memorize scenes from the original text. New material, devised by the cast, adds a contemporary through-line to their show and highlights the universality of Shakespeare’s themes.<br />Class culminates in a movie showcasing their work.</div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </div> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>The Big Twist: A New Musical (Grade 1-4)</strong></div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <div style="caret-color: #222222; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In this acting class, students get to perform a brand new musical based on The Wizard of Oz.<br />The Wicked Witch of the South wants to return Oz to a time when WITCHES reigned supreme, and all was evil. Summoning a dark magic Tornado, the Wicked Witch of the South sends Oz hurtling into an alternate Oz. With the Yellow Brick road destroyed, the Wizard left powerless, and the citizens of Oz scattered to the Wind, our heroes are forced into unlikely partnerships to stop the Witch and restore the world to order. The Wizard of Oz meets The Tempest.  Class culminates in a premiere of a movie starring the students, filmed over the last few days of the session.</div> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; background-color: #ffffff; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-57c50323-7fff-79ce-175a-5e25408c0e29"></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-84ebe141-7fff-03c2-24cf-fead86e88df2"></span></p>

The Wild Center

<p>The Wild Center, nestled within the breathtaking landscape of New York's Adirondack Park, offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature. As visitors approach the Center, they are greeted by the Adirondack Mountains towering in the distance, setting the stage for an immersive adventure.<br /><br /></p> <p>Upon entering the 34,000-square-foot exhibit hall, guests are enveloped in a world of wonder and discovery. Interactive exhibits like Planet Adirondack and Climate Solutions invite exploration, allowing visitors to delve into the rich biodiversity of the Adirondack region. The indoor experience also includes an opportunity to soar on Birdly--a one-of-a-kind VR experience. Also, get up close with an animal ambassador during one of many live animal encounters throughout the day.<br /><br /></p> <p>In addition to its indoor exhibits and programs, the Wild Center also boasts 115-acres of extensive outdoor amenities. One of the highlights in the award-winning Wild Walk. Visitors walk up a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest, 40 feet off the ground. Along the way, interactive exhibits provide insights into the flora and fauna that call the Adirondacks home, from songbirds to black bears.<br /><br /></p> <p>The rest of the campus features more ways to explore. Check out Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork sculpture, an all natural installation of woven sticks that will spark your imagination and nostalgia. Immerse yourself in Forest Music, take a naturalist-lead canoe trip, or get your roll on with Raquette River Roll, a brand-new, oversized, all-natural ball run experience opening in June 2024.</p>