NEW YORK – Although we haven’t had much snow in New York yet in 2022, you can still venture into the nearby mountains for some fun on the ski slopes.
Editor and host of “The Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast,” says Stuart Winchester, without capacity restrictions, you can expect longer queues on the slopes.
“There was an outdoor boom last year, right? Because you couldn’t do anything else because COVID kept people indoors,” Winchester says. “I would recommend showing up very early, especially if you have kids.”
Brooklyn resident Winchester has some recommendations for nearby mountains for quick day trips from New York.
Here they are:
1. Elk Mountain in Union Dale, Pennsylvania.
“It’s going to be about a two and a half to three hour drive from the city. Terrific terrain doesn’t feel like Pennsylvania at all.”
2. Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY
“It’s a cool mountain in the Catskills just past Bel Air. It’s about three hours from town. It’s family owned. It’s the last family resort in the Catskills. There’s 1,100 feet of vertical drop – really steep – great terrain.”
3. Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, Mass.
“It’s a little-known ski area. It’s also a family business. It’s right on the border with Vermont. There’s a ton of snow. It doesn’t feel like skiing in Massachusetts at all. A lot good skiing.”
But you don’t have to be an expert skier/snowboarder to enjoy the slopes. Here are Winchester’s top 3 recommendations for beginners:
1. Mount Peter in Warwick, NY
“They have a series of magic carpets, very soft terrain, 200 feet of vertical drop, very affordable rates, an army of ski instructors, a great little family ski area.”
2. Mount Campgaw in Mahwah, NJ
“In New Jersey it’s also a 200 foot drop. Very gentle inclines, not quite as well known as Mount Peter, but it’s another good option.”
3. Thunder Ridge in Patterson, New York
“In upstate New York off the 684. I continue on Hwy 22. It’s still about an hour north of town. Great beginner programs, good mat , really fun and soft terrains.”
Despite little natural snowfall this winter, Winchester says artificial snowmaking technology has given the slopes ample powder. And he even granted us a bonus slope (hidden gem):
Victor Constant Ski Area in West Point, NY
“Nobody knows. It’s less than an hour north of town. There’s a ski area at West Point, owned and operated by the US military, that’s open to the public. And you can go there. get a lift ticket for $32.on weekends for adults.So no one knows about this place, but it’s a nice little hill, a nice drop of 600 feet, and you should definitely check it out. eye if you are looking for something different.