It’s arguable to determine what “the best” of anything is, let alone trying to apply that logic to ski resorts. But it’s a burden we are willing to bear. Thankfully, any location you choose for New York winter getaways will be the right one. In New York, there are more than 30 ski resorts. In this blog post, we highlight five ski resorts we think offer more bang for your buck, or is simply a top-notch destination for you to visit. Whether you’re visiting or live just a few hours away, these resorts will meet your requirements for an incredible ski vacation. Let’s run down the best resorts in N.Y.:
There’s nothing like getting to a resort like Whiteface Mountain for a winter getaway in New York. Sure, you’ve probably heard of the big names in eastern New York, like Whiteface, with its stunning 3,166 vertical feet of lift-serviced hills. This resort has been the site of two Olympic Games. It has an Olympic village that offers impeccably groomed Nordic skiing that is unmatched anywhere else.
Their astounding snowmaking abilities allow them to cover 98% of the entire resort. No small task considering there are 288 acres of skiing area. This includes 35 in-bounds, off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain, and plenty of tree skiing and extreme adventure terrain. Talk about an epic winter getaway!
The surrounding area is also impressive, with shops at every corner. And, according to them, “more hotel and dining options than you’ll find in any hamlet in other regions.” If nothing else, Whiteface is a prime example of comfort and convenience. It is a destination where guests can find world-class service and a five-star ski and snowboard school that’s truly ahead of the game.
It’s always a holiday at this New York winter getaway. Holiday Valley is nestled in the resort town of Ellicottville, N.Y. The resort is often called the “Aspen of the East” because of its dedication to all things winter:
But the fun doesn’t stop there!
Guests will find the resort’s terrain park on Fiddler’s Elbow to be one everyone can enjoy. For family members looking for something less intense, snow tubing or snowshoeing services are available. After a long day of outdoor adventures, you can make a much-deserved stop at one of their spas.
When you’re not on the slopes, Holiday Valley has an excellent ski shop on the resort. If you’re up for a short trip into town, there are twenty-three different shops to visit in the downtown area. Besides the expected ski and board stores, the downtown area has a surprising range of shopping options. There are consignment shops for the trendy fashionista. Or perhaps you’re dying to try out one of the local beauty and hair shops. Many of which feature natural or organic products. If all else fails, there are plenty of shops to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Get ready for a fantastic winter getaway at Belleayre Mountain in New York state. Right off state Route 28, you can find Belleayre Mountain and the town of Highmount. Before the area became the resort known today, people would hike or travel 3,000 feet to trek down woody trails and roads that were far less traveled. Once dubbed the “Forever Wild,” this resort has been tamed a little and features incredible views and trails for both new and expert guests. One of the more wallet-friendly resorts, Belleayre is comparably less crowded than others in the state.
This makes people excited, especially if they enjoy slow-paced ski resorts during the season. Those seeking a more serene way to experience the mountain and the Catskill Forest Preserve can head over to the nearly six miles of quiet trails by strapping on some cross-country skis. It’s a great deal just to let you go with the flow.
When you arrive at Belleayre, you’ll notice the beautiful B&B Alpine Osteria at the mountain’s base, where you can indulge a little in your accommodations. You’ll enjoy Jacuzzi tubs and culinary meals and unwind in opulent settings. If you’re looking for a more casual stay that’ll save you even more money, you can choose from an assortment of cozy, relaxing options to complete your experience.
Get your powder fix at this New York state winter getaway. Powder enthusiasts, rejoice! Because when you come to Windham Mountain, you not only have 732 acres of terrain to explore, but you can also become part of the First Tracks program at the resort. What does the program do exactly? Well, it only gets you skiing on the mountain before the lifts open to the public. It’s one of the best perks of the resort. You can get there early, enjoy quieter trails and then come back later in the day after you’ve had a bite to eat or found an event to go to.
To add the figurative cherry on top, guests have the chance to try night skiing on both Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m. on several of its trails (eight to be exact). Less travel and more time on the mountain make skiers and snowboarders happy. Guests can also take on one of Windham’s 54 trails, six terrain parks, and 1,600 feet of vertical rise while you’re there.
If you’re interested in getting the whole experience at Windham, you must make a stop in town. It is just a short two-minute drive from the base of the mountain. Filled with historical charm and friendly people, you can find specialty shops, delectable eateries, and additional lodging options that are family owned and operated. Tying into the vibe on the mountain, the town of Windham offers incredible views, outdoor activities, and an atmosphere that will make you want to stay longer. Nothing is better than feeling right at home, and Windham ensures everyone always feels welcome!
Just an hour’s drive from New York City, Mount Peter is a must for any ski enthusiast. It even has ties to the Big Apple. It was initially opened as a resort by Macy’s in 1936 to showcase its extensive clothing line. It’s New York State’s oldest ski resort and is known for its night skiing and free ski lessons for beginners. The resort is 62 miles from New York City via the Palisades Interstate and Route 17A. (The other route is from Route 17 North to Route 17A.) The nearby town of Warwick is on the Appalachian Trail. There are plenty of lodging, restaurants, and shops to explore.