Have a case of cabin fever, or ready to wake up from your hibernation? Spring is still 2 months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors while there is still snow on the ground. Maybe it’s time to consider taking that snowboarding lesson you’ve been meaning to take, or going on that cross-country skiing adventure you’ve had on your bucket list for a while now.
In the Capital Region where we are surrounded by many mountains, trails and state/national parks, winter activities that help you embrace the cold season is abundant so you will never be short on things to do. And these are all within 30-60 minute driving distance from Albany!
Here are places around the area where you can go to for some snow fun:
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Address: 66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont, Massachusetts – Map it
Phone: (413) 339-6618
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/rentals, snowtubing, shopping and fine dining
Berkshire East features great skiing on 45 trails with 100% snow making. Experience all the thrills of winter close to home. Forget long drives for budget busting skiing and come visit us with our appropriately sane prices. Ski the B-East and enjoy skiing as it should be. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.BerkshireEast.com.
Catamount Mountain Resort
Address: 78 Catamount Road, Hillsdale, New York – Map it
Phone: (518) 325-3200
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/camps/rentals
Catamount Ski Area, located on the Massachusetts / New York state line near South Egremont, Massachusetts and Hillsdale, New York, is one of the original Berkshire ski areas in the Northeast founded in 1939. It has remained one of the top recreation draws in the Berkshires, thanks to philosophy of continually improving and expanding the ski area and its services. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.CatamountSki.com.Hunter Mountain Resort
Address: 64 Klein Avenue, Hunter, New York – Map it
Phone: (800) 486-8376
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/rentals/programs, freestyle terrain parks, snowtubing, snowcat tours, shopping and fine dining
Hunter Mountain is the closest big mountain to NYC! Four separate mountain faces encompass a wide variety of terrain which caters to skiers and riders of all ability levels. From comfortable and spacious learning terrain perfect for first-timers, to steeps and bumps for the seasoned expert, and Empire Parks – there is something to satisfy any skiing or riding style! For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.HunterMtn.com.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Address: 37 Corey Road, Hancock, Massachusetts – Map it
Phone: (413) 738-5500
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/rentals/programs, snowshoeing, mountain coaster, Fire & Fun Zone
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, summer home to Mountain Adventure Park and the only mountain resort in North America to generate its own energy using alternative wind power. Jiminy features extensive conference and wedding facilities for groups up to 400 people. Since opening in 1948 Jiminy Peak has evolved to become a 4 season resort, offering something for everyone. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.JiminyPeak.com.
Maple Ski Ridge
Address: 2725 Mariaville Road, Schenectady, New York – Map it
Phone: (518) 381-4700
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/camps/rentals
Maple Ski Ridge is the perfect place for families to learn to ski and ride! Located just 20 miles northwest of Albany and only 6 miles from Schenectady, Maple Ski Ridge is a family-owned ski area, designed for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.MapleSkiRidge.com.Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area
Address: 1463 Plank Road, Petersburg, New York – Map it
Phone: (518) 283-3652
Services: Cross-country skiing lessons/rentals, snowshoeing
Pineridge provides 35 Km of fabulous woodland trails expertly groomed and track set. Ski along the picturesque Poestenkill Creek or up to an elevation of 1746 feet observing and enjoying views of the Taconic Range in New York State and Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. Enjoy the beauty of night skiing on 4 Km of lighted trails. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.PineridgeXC.com.
Royal Mountain Ski Area
Address: 3072 NY-10, Johnstown, New York – Map it
Phone: (518) 835-6445
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/rentals/programs, snow drag racing
Royal Mountain has over 100 acres of property in the foothills of the Adirondacks. We have been skiing, hillclimbing, and motocross racing for over 30 years. The ski lodge houses our sign-up area, food and drink concession, trophy room and offers free WiFi. Our facility has two ponds which are great for snow-making in the winter and swimming on race days. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.RoyalMountain.com.
West Mountain Ski Resort
Address: 59 West Mountain Road, Queensbury, New York – Map it
Phone: (518) 636-3699
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/rentals/programs, ski racing, snowtubing
West Mountain is a medium sized ski, snowboard and tubing resort in the winter offering 125 acres, with 31 trails and 1,000 feet of vertical drop, located at the foot of the Adirondacks in Queensbury, NY. We have a 10 lane (4 long, 6 shorter) Tubing Park, full service rental/tuning shop, lessons for all ages, beautiful Restaurant and Bar with slope side views, and cafeteria dining. The new owners at West are passionate about skiing, boarding, ski racing and families and we look to make West Mountain a premier East Coast destination. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.WestMtn.net.Willard Mountain
Address: 77 The Intervale Rd, Greenwich, New York – Map it
Phone: (518) 692-7337
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/camps/rentals, snowtubing
Located only 30 minutes from most of the Capital Region, Willard Mountain is a place where everyone still knows your name, and you and your kids are treated like part of our family. Willard Mountain has become known as a place where everyone can learn to ski or snowboard in a relaxed family environment, or simply enjoy cruising down the trails on our varied terrain. Best of all, the services and activities at Willard surround the same base area. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.WillardMountain.com.
Windham Mountain Resort
Address: 19 Resort Drive, Windham, New York – Map it
Phone: (800) 754-9463
Services: Ski/snowboard lessons/rentals/programs, orienteering, biathlon, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, adventure park, golf, fine dining and spa
Closer than Vermont and with more vertical than the Berkshires, Windham Mountain Resort offers big mountain skiing & riding close to home. 55 years of commitment to snow sports has always attracted guests to Windham Mountain Resort, and 5 new trails in the past 3 years proves our passion. For more information including pricing and hours of operation, check out www.WindhamMountain.com.
Don’t forget to bundle up–it’s cold out there! 😀
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