December 4, 2021

Skiing In New York – Where Are The Best Ski Resorts?

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Even in the Northeast, New York isn’t typically the first place that springs to mind when it comes to skiing. Many opt for New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine instead. However, New York boasts the most ski resorts of any state! Here are the top ski resorts in New York, according to locals!

The State of New York implemented safety measures due to COVID-19, which influenced the 20/21 ski season. These restrictions are not expected to extend into the winter of 21/22.

The best ski resorts in New York

THE MOUNTAIN OF GORE

Well-known for: New York’s largest ski resort, featuring contemporary infrastructure and an old-fashioned feel.

Highlights
It’s a good deal, and it’s rarely crowded.
Lifts that are both modern and efficient
The terrain is rugged

Opening and Closing Dates for the Ski Season (21/22):
Dates of Opening: November 23, 2021,* (Based on past data, an estimated open date has been determined.)
Date of Closing: April 14, 2022,* (Based on past statistics, an estimated close date has been determined.)

Airports closest to you:
Eighty miles from Albany Intl. Airport (1.5-hour drive)

Gore Mountain
Gore Mountain is New York’s largest resort, with 100 trails spanning four peaks and various terrain. Gore Mountain, with over 2,500 feet of vertical, not only holds its own in the northeast, but it also holds its own against the likes of Northstar, Grand Targhee, and Arapahoe Basin in the west! Take in the Adirondacks’ 360-degree views – on a clear day; you can even see Vermont’s Green Mountains and Canadian peaks! True, it’s a long way from the large cities, but it means fewer people. Best of all, Gore Mountain’s relaxing environment and diverse terrain come at a reasonable price.

HUNTER MOUNTAIN

Well-known for: One of the most popular resorts in the state, drawing partygoers.

Highlights
The peak that is closest to New York City.
Excellent after-hours scene.
The lift system has been upgraded.
Crowds on weekends.

Opening and Closing Dates for the Ski Season (21/22):
Date of First Occurrence: November 19, 2021
Date of Closing: April 8, 2022,* (Based on past statistics, an estimated close date has been determined.)

Airports closest to you:
Albany International Airport is 65 miles away (1-hour drive)

Hunter Mountain
Hunter Mountain is a renowned ski resort due to its excellent skiing and convenient location.
Being so close to the city, Hunter Mountain attracts more hard-core skiing and partying culture (including weekend warriors). The mountain makes a convincing claim to have the most incredible challenging skiing in the area, with about half of the trails classified for advanced and expert skiers. The 240 acres are divided into four faces, separating the novice slopes from the quicker traffic. The award-winning ski school and exceptional 100% snowmaking are also worth mentioning. Hunter Mountain has a decent range of restaurants and even some slopeside lodging, as well as an après scene.

WINDHAM MOUNTAIN

Well-known for: One of the best ski resorts in the Catskills, with plenty of activities for youngsters.

Highlights
The ambience is relaxed and welcoming to families.
From New York City, it’s simple to get there.
Hunter Mountain is less populated.
Après, dining, and lodging are all relatively pricey and limited.

Opening and Closing Dates for the Ski Season (21/22):
Date of Opening: November 28, 2021,* (Based on past data, an estimated open date has been determined.)
Date of Closing: March 31, 2022,* (Based on past statistics, an estimated close date has been determined.)

Airports closest to you:
Albany International Airport is 60 miles away (1-hour drive)

Windham Mountain is a ski resort in New Hampshire.
The resort is family-friendly and conveniently located near the city.
Windham, conveniently located near New York City, offers stunning views and an authentic ski experience. It’s a terrific destination for families to visit, with a designated beginners’ area, some of the best intermediate skiing in the region, and off-the-slope activities like tubing, kids snowmobiles, and ice skating at the Adventure Park. Some amenities are limited due to the lack of an authentic village. However, there are condos conveniently located near the slopes and various options within 5 miles of the resort.