Skiing and Snowboarding
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. In the off season, enjoy a scenic gondola ride on the mountain or visit Belleayre Beach for a day of swimming and sun.
Travel north and you’ll find two summits over 3,000 feet offering varied terrain:
Hunter Mountain is a favorite amongst seasoned skiers, though it too has trails for all abilities, as well as a learning center for those just starting out in the sport. In the off season it also offers a range of activities from 4×4 offroad adventures to a scenic skyride, and regular events such as live music performances and festivals.
Windham Mountain is known for its beginner-friendly packages, and its Adaptive Sports Foundation works to make outdoor sports accessible to all. There are a huge variety of trails to appeal to all levels, as well as a ski & ride simulator, winter adventure park, snow shoe tours, and lots more. Off season, Windham is home to a Mountain Bike Park, golf course, and skyride, and offers frequent community events and festivals.
Further west, in the NorthWestern Catskills, family-owned and operated Plattekill Mountain offers terrain for all levels, lessons, and rentals, not to mention beautiful views of the surrounding Catskills scenery. Plattekill is known as a very laid back, family-friendly ski resort, and also offers snow tubing fun throughout the winter.
Other Winter Activities
Not into downhill skiing? Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center has everything you need, from equipment to lessons, to get you started – and when you’re ready to head out, there’s 20+ miles of groomed trails right outside the door. Many of the area’s downhill ski resorts also offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing equipment rentals and trails, and tubing facilities as well. If you’re looking to get out on your own backyard trails, many local libraries have snowshoes and other winter gear available to borrow and try out (library card may be required, please call ahead to confirm availability before making a special trip).
Bearpen Mountain offers cross-country skiing, sledding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and winter fat bikes.