Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
With a full range of mountains, the Catskills is a no-brainer for your next ski or snowboard trip. Natural snow provides a great base layer, which is supplemented by world-class snowmaking in many places. Just hours from New York City, it's an easy weekend ski vacation destination, and nearby towns and villages provide plentiful lodging, dining, and off-mountain entertainment. Whether you're a pro looking to get in some epic runs, or a family with first-time skiers, the Catskills is the perfect place to make lasting memories on the slopes.
Get your lift tickets for Belleayre Ski Center, the highest skiable peak in the Catskill Mountains! The picturesque mountain trails offer some of the region's most varied terrain, and it is one of the only resorts offering snowcat skiing. Beginners and experts alike will find their perfect run on fifty trails, glades, and parks. Named one of SnowEast Reader's "Overall Favorite Eastern Resorts," it's a Catskills ski experience you don't want to miss. And, with a brand new gondola, even the ride to the top will be memorable!
Hunter Mountain is the capital of winter fun in the Catskills. At over 3,000 feet, the mountain offers a variety of terrain – all of which is available for both day and night skiing. Thanks to the latest in grooming technology, and a deep manmade base on all slopes, you know you'll be riding quality trails. If you're a returning skier, get excited for the new chairlift and nine new slopes open this year! Feeling brave? Scope out trails from above on Hunter Mountain's year-round zipline.
Quality and skier experience are of utmost importance at Windham. That's why they've installed a new high-speed, six-passenger Doppelmayr lift and RFID passes like those you'd find at big Western ski resorts. If that's not enough to convince you, ride down the over 3,000-foot mountain and experience it for yourself! Or, get your adrenaline pumping at Holiday Mountain. Snowboarders can test their skills and get serious air in the terrain park while downhill skiers and boarders rip the trails. Need to give your legs a rest? Fly down the mountain on a snow tube instead!
Plattekill and Villa Roma Resort are perfect for families with beginner skiers. Plattekill Mountain will keep you and the kids busy all day with 38 different trails to explore, and skiing for all ability levels. One of the best ski mountains for families, Plattekill offers lessons and specialty kids programs to help get new skiers and snowboarders down the slopes and instill a lasting passion for the sport. Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center packs a big experience onto a small mountain. With two slopes and a chairlift, skiers and snowboarders can perfect their run while beginners attend ski school.
Off-Mountain Activities & Snow Tubing
In the Catskills, winter fun doesn't stop when you shed the skis or drop your board. In addition to world-class skiing and snowboarding, the mountain resorts of the Catskills provide fun off-mountain activities as well. Hunter Mountain boasts the largest tubing park in New York State. Their dedicated facility means you don't need to worry about watching out for skiers or snowboarders, but also keeps you close to the rest of the downhill action. When you're ready to relax, head inside to one of two eateries for a bite to eat and browse top ski and snowboard brands in their shop. For a real treat, indulge in an exclusive spa experience at the Mountain Club Spa and make it a round-the-clock Hunter Mountain vacation by booking a room in the Kaatskill Mountain Club Lodge or a private condominium for the whole family.
Windham Mountain offers 650 feet of snow tubing on their slopes. To ensure the best possible experience, they even groom their tubing trail and provide a conveyor that will return your tube to the top of the hill! Their Adventure Park also offers ice skating and kids snowmobiling. Off-mountain activities at Windham are so popular they have their own season pass option. For those who prefer a flatter experience, Windham's Nordic Center is the perfect place for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. You can even try your hand at orienteering or biathlon! When you're ready to take a break from all the action, relax and recharge with a luxurious treatment at the Alpine Spa.
All-day tubing at Plattekill Mountain is a breeze thanks to full lift service. It's all the fun of tubing without the tiring trek back to the top! When you've tubed up an appetite, head inside and lounge around in the base lodge with a bite to eat and a beverage. Visit on a live entertainment night for the full après ski experience. If you're at Holiday Mountain, don't miss your chance to snow tube those slopes as well! Sessions are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center also offers a variety of off-mountain activities. Warm up in their chalet before heading into the snow for tubing and ice-skating.
Skiing and snowboarding in the Catskills offer an experience to remember and many lasting memories.