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 at one of the many resorts in the Catskills.
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 Catskill Mountains, 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.
Tips for Skiing With Kids
- Dress appropriately for the temperatures.
- Bring snacks and keep kids hydrated.
- Take lots of breaks and get warm when needed.
- Have kids wear helmets & goggles.
- Keep it fun and enjoy your time together!
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 cross-country 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 skier wanting to put your cross-country skiing skills to use in the Catskills, try Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, offering over 25 km of groomed trails and 10 km of track-set trails.
Snowmobiling and Snow Tubing
Satisfy your need for speed on a snowmobiling or snow tubing adventure in the Catskills this winter.
Zoom across the Catskills' rolling country hillsides covered in sparkling white snow or through forest trails on the region’s variety of designated snowmobiling trails. From the numerous interconnecting state trails of the western Catskills, to privately owned, backcountry systems like Rip Van Winkle Ranch in Hunter, sled-heads will all find something to satisfy their inner speed junkie in the Catskills.
Offering some of the best snow tubing near New York City, many ski resorts in the Catskills offer lift-served snow tubing adventures ideal for a family-friendly vacation. Get your tube on at Hunter Mountain’s tubing park, the largest in New York State, Fly down from 650-feet above to the bottom of Windham Mountain’s tubing lanes or enjoy all-day tubing at Plattekill Mountain.
As the closest major skiing destination for NYC residents and visitors, the Catskills are the perfect place to spend your winter vacation!