The 12 Best Ski Resorts Near NYC

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With ski season officially in full swing, the thought of strapping a pair of sleds to your feet and hurtling down a mountain suddenly starts to make sense—well, that is, for some of us. But we can all get behind escaping the city and curling up next to a fireplace with friends or family, a good book and an even better glass of wine. Each of these wintertime spots is less than six hours from New York and following CDC guidelines for safe skiing during the continuing pandemic (thanks, Omicron). While the slopes are a major draw, those who are more in it for the après part will find plenty to love, too. Here, the best ski resorts near NYC—whether you’re a black diamond expert or just in it for the après ski.

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1. Windham, New York (2.5 Hours From Nyc)

If your dream ski weekend involves a cozy log cabin, family-style dinners in a large group, a fire pit or hot tub and a relatively short drive, we’ve found the place for you. At Windham, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the slopes and relax afterwards thanks to its close proximity to the city. Just over 100 miles from the city, the easy 2.5 hour drive takes you to the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County which is nicknamed “the gem of the Catskills”. The mountain has 285 skiable acres, 54 distinct trails, six terrain parks and runs for every type of skier. The town of the same name that surrounds the mountain caters to New Yorkers with high-expectations, featuring charming restaurants, bars and places to grab a cup of Joe. In the morning, we like to pick up a coffee and delicious breakfast at the adorable cafe Windham Local; in the evening, it’s time to get down with a libation from Eastwind’s cozy, communal bar.

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Sunday River

2. Sunday River, Maine (6 Hours From Nyc)

Located in western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains, Sunday River is a further trek from NYC, but worth digging your ski gear out of the storage unit for. The mountain summits at 3,500 feet with 135 trails and glades encompassing some 870 acres. Over the last couple years, Sunday River has been part of a tradition with “Wicked Air & Après Light”, which is a fancy name for a mesmerizing “big air show.” Trick-wiedling skiers and snowboard athletes perform stunts on a large jump, and fans who attend also get to see a 3D projection mapping on the snow. Spectators can take in all the action for free from the Barker Basin. Sunday River is also a standout for an always full roster of music and après-ski events, plus Shipyard Brew Haus at White Cap Lodge, which has a casual vibe but takes its beer selection seriously.

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3. Big Bear, Pennsylvania (2.5 Hours From Nyc)

Not only is this scenic mountain beautiful, it’s as affordable as it is accessible. Big Bear at Masthope Mountain offers up 18 trails and seven lifts, which includes their three magic carpet lifts for kids and beginners (or those who just enjoy the more gentle slopes!). They also have lots of snow machines that keep the trails looking as good as possible throughout the ski season. Thanks to its proximity to NYC and the many lodging options in the surrounding town, Big Bear is an ideal place to plan a last-minute trip. The mountain is especially popular with families, although it definitely offers options for more advanced skiers and snowboarders as well.

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Loon Mountain Resort

4. Loon Mountain, New Hampshire (5 Hours From Nyc)

This pretty, pristine resort is surrounded by White Mountain National Forest, and is a fave of ours for skiing and embracing nature. Case in point: During our past trips to Loon and nearby Wildcat Mountain, we’ve encountered *actual* moose on the road. At Loon, you can enjoy 2,100 vertical feet, a wide variety of terrain and three separate peaks. The resort also allows you to explore this winter wonderland by snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or a thrilling zipline ride over the (frozen!) Pemigewasset River.

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5. Bristol Mountain, New York (4 Hours 50 Minutes From Nyc)

The town of Canandaigua is a lovely little year-round place in the Finger Lakes. It’s wild to think you can spend summers on the lake in a pontoon boat and winters on the slopes of Bristol Mountain with views over the very same (albeit cold) lake. Just a short ride to downtown Canandaigua, one of the best reasons to visit—besides 1,200-feet of vertical fun and trails for all ages and abilities, plus nordic trails—are the excellent restaurants and shopping in the charming town.

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6. Massanutten Resort, Virgina (5 Hours 30 Minutes From Nyc)

We’ll admit, as New Yorkers, Virginia is not the first place that comes to mind when you think about skiing, but one look at Massanutten Resort will change that. Known for being an excellent affordable option, the ski resort is popular with locals and travelers alike for its classes and activities, which include standards like zip lining, ice skating and snow tubing. Less standard options include a class on Ukulele for beginners, animal sketching, and meditation classes, and this family-friendly resort also boasts an Indoor Water Park to keep the little ones busy off the slopes. When you are looking to shred, riders at Massanutten can jump on seven lifts and will find 70 skiable acres and 14 runs—meaning it’s smaller than a lot of resorts on this list in size but is a great option for first timers and families who don’t want to get lost from each other.

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7. Camelback, Pennsylvania (1.5 Hours From Nyc)

The Poconos are full of winter wilderness vibes that will make even the most hardened New Yorker feel like a giddy kid on a snow day. Located about 90 minutes from Manhattan, the region is known for Camelback and also neighboring Shawnee mountain, which is close enough that you could hit both on the same day. Camelback boasts 39 ski trails on 166 acres while Shawnee features 23 trails on 125 acres of skiing terrain. If you don’t ski, the Poconos offer snow tubing, dogsledding and ice-skating—plus plenty of options for less active types too. After a busy morning, you deserve a hearty meal, like the disco fries and s’mores at Trails End Pub & Grille (which also offers outdoor dining).

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8. Belleayre, New York (2 Hours 15 Minutes From Nyc)

In Ulster County, where the Catskills meet the Hudson River, you’ll find wooded country roads that wind past barns, farm stands, antique shops and wineries into sleepy hamlets full of Victorian architecture and small-town charm. Skiers here can enjoy 50 trails on Belleayre Mountain—one of New York State’s best family-friendly mountains, which boasts eight lifts (including a high-speed gondola, more of a rarity in the Northeast), 174 skiable acres, 50 trails, and four fun lodges. Non-skiers will love spending a day in nearby Woodstock, the artsy town that’s mandated to retain the hippyish roots it’s famous for. Nowadays, you’ll find everything from a mezcal bar to home-decor stores and even a toy shop stocked with creative gifts (like a selfie kit for your pets). At night, the place to be is Silvia (Snatch a res on Resy), offering seasonally-focused foods and tasty libations for both indoor and outdoor seating, plus pick-up.

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9. Mount Snow, Vermont (3 Hours 40 Minutes From Nyc)

At just under four hours from the city, Mount Snow is a New York-area mountain much closer than it seems. And with five times the average snowfall of the city, you can be sure to see some fresh powder on the slopes…or from the window of your Vrbo rental. (Pro tip: If you’re driving, make sure to take an all-terrain vehicle for snowy or icy conditions). Mount Snow’s 600 skiable acres make it a dream for snow bunnies, as does the mountain’s “uphill skiing” policy—which, if you’ve never tried it, is one of the best and most rewarding workouts ever. Non-skiers will especially enjoy exploring the region, known for its cheddar cheese and maple syrup, and its many quaint, picturesque villages and towns. (Some of the best-known, like Grafton, Dorset and Chester, are all within a one-hour drive of the mountain.) Check out the nearby covered bridges in Wilmington and Bennington, fill up a basket full of local treats or spend a day on a snowmobile tour through Green Mountain National Forest.

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10. Whiteface Mountain, New York (4 Hours 30 Minutes From Nyc)

We love escaping to upstate New York whenever we need a break from the city and the winter months are no exception. Whiteface Mountain Resort in Wilmington hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics so you’d better believe that the trails here are top-notch. In fact, Whiteface boasts the tallest vertical drop on the eastern seaboard (at 3,430 feet), plus 90 trails and 11 lifts. Did we mention it’s also “the mountain” for winter visitors to Lake Placid, the storybook-like destination town just 30 minutes away?

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11. Gore Mountain, New York (3 Hours 30 Minutes From Nyc)

Nearby to Whiteface in North Creek is Gore Mountain, a place where you’ll find mesmerizing views of the Adirondacks, the family-friendly Pete’s Paradise trail, snowshoeing through the “largest marble-cave entrance in the East” and the option to ski by twilight. In recent seasons, new high-speed quads have replaced two double chair lifts, providing access to all four of its peaks and Straight Brook Valley.

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12. Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut (2 Hours 15 Minutes From Nyc)

Located on 350 beautiful acres in Cornwall, Mohawk Mountain is Connecticut’s largest ski area. With 26 trails (including 16 night trails), a mega 650-feet drop and eight lifts, this pretty spot with views of gentle rolling hills offers plenty of options for a range of ski levels. And for non-skiers, there’s showshoeing and show tubing available. The best part? It’s only 2 hours and 15 minutes from the city.

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