Winter in the Catskills

Carve it Up, Break Trail, and Zoom Across the Catskills this Winter

Winter in the Catskills lends way to many a cold-weather adventure. Ski or ride the highest peaks in the Catskill Mountains. Cross country ski or snowshoe through snowy Catskill forests. Snowmobile on miles of marked and groomed trails. After your winter adventures, sit back, relax and cozy up by the fire.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Home to some of New York State's best ski resorts, the Catskills offer it all for skiers and riders – from green trails for those just starting out, to expert-only black diamonds on ungroomed terrain serving up challenges at skier's left and right.

At Belleayre Ski Center, skiers and riders will find not only the highest skiable peak in the Catskills, but one of the only resorts offering snowcat skiing in the region, as well as some of the area's most varied terrain. Travel north and you'll find Hunter and Windham Mountains, two summits over 3,000 feet offering varied terrain and other extreme adventures like Hunter's year-round zipline tours.

Further west, enjoy Plattekill Mountain's 38 trails offering terrain for all levels, lessons, rentals, and beautiful views of the surrounding Catskills scenery.

Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing

Favor the skinny skis over their alpine brethren? Or maybe you're into cold weather fun at a more leisurely pace? The Catskills are home to a variety of trails offering groomed and backcountry xc skiing and snowshoeing.

Learn the ropes on the mellow 26-mile Catskills Scenic Trail running from Bloomville to Grand Gorge, or the varied selection of trails at the Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center in Tannersville. If you're a more seasoned wanting to put your skills to use with Catskills Nordic skiing, try Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, offering over 25 km of groomed trails and 10 km of track set trails.


Zoom along the Catskills' rolling country hillsides covered in sparkling white snow and through forest trails on a snowmobiling adventure. With a number of designated snowmobiling trails in the region, including the numerous interconnecting state trails of the western Catskills and privately owned, backcountry systems like Rip Van Winkle Ranch in Hunter, sled-heads will all find something to satisfy their need for speed here.

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