Winter Tips for the Catskills

It’s always good to consider the special opportunities and challenges of hiking and recreating in the winter.

Information about Snowshoes and Winter Layering:

*A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Snowshoes, a great article from Parks & Trails New York.

*A video all about creating your own layering system in cold weather from the Catskill Center

Where can I rent snowshoes? To name just a few places:

-Jimmy’s Belleayre & Ski Shop in Highmount, NY
-Hunter Mountain Outfitters in Tannersville, NY
-Windham Mountain Outfitters in Windham, NY
-Rock & Snow in New Paltz, NY
-Some libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System (must have a library card, call locations to confirm availability!)
-Marty’s Mercantile in West Shokan, NY (must book in advance, limited supply, to learn more, visit the Catskills Trail Conditions Facebook Group)

The Catskill Center offers some helpful winter hiking tips on their website, these are a few of those tips and tricks:

Carry many insulating layers: including a spare set of long underwear tops and bottoms – putting on fresh, dry clothes mid-hike may shock the system initially, but you will feel warmer quickly. Extra gloves and socks can also be good to have.

Be aware that solid food items and water bottles can freeze. Cut up those snickers bars ahead of time. Even cold cuts on a sandwich can freeze! Also consider purchasing an insulated water bottle, or an insulated drinking tube for a water reservoir so that water stays above 32 degrees F.

Drink regularly: You will not feel as thirsty in cold weather and could become dehydrated without realizing it.

-Check Catskill Park Trail Conditions for weekly updates posted every Thursday: Each week there’s information about regional snow, ice, and weather forecasts

Make sure you have a map and guide while you’re enjoying the outdoors! Many guidebooks and maps are available in our online shop and at our Gift Shop at the Catskills Visitor Center! The NYSDEC has a free map available for download of the Catskill Park.

Greene County Information on Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Ulster County Information on Winter Sports

Sullivan County Information on Skiing and Winter Sports

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, together with Unboring Exploring has produced a fun video about how to be properly prepared for winter hikes and activities!

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