Windham Mountain Resort
From Hudson Woods: 46 Miles | 1.0 Hours
From New York City: 140 Miles | 2.5 Hours
One of our favorite places in the Catskills, Windham is in the heart of the Catskills. One of the most beloved mountains in the area, it has the perfect trails for any skill level. The mountain ranges from 12 novice trails to seven steep double-black runs but nearly half of the trails are rated intermediate. For more venturesome riders there are five terrain parks and the Big Air Bag (day pass $10), an enormous inflatable cushion that allows for practicing jumps like a professional. Windham also offers a “First Tracks” program, which allows people to ski the 267-acre mountain with a guide before the lifts open to the public ($15 reservations).
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
From Hudson Woods: 12 Miles | 20 Minutes
From New York City: 94 Miles | 2.0 Hours
Minnewaska State Park is a quiet nature preserve just west of New Paltz. While it is one of our favorite summer locations in the Hudson Valley it also boasts 19 miles of carriageways that provide some of the state’s best cross-country terrain. Intermediate skiers can try the trail around the lake, Upper Awosting, Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain, while advanced skiers will enjoy Lake Awosting and the Hamilton Point Loop. Due to some steep inclines and cliffs, it’s not recommended for beginners, and the lack of amenities (no heated lodges, food or snowmaking) means you’ll need to plan this trip more carefully than others.
From Hudson Woods: 33 Miles | 45 Minutes
From New York City: 125 Miles | 2.3 Hours
Hunter is one of the more popular ski areas for the New York City crowd. With a summit elevation of 3,200 feet, Hunter has 58 trails that are broken into three distinct clusters, making it unlikely you’ll be hindered by skiers with abilities much different from yours.
From Hudson Woods: 34 Miles | 45 Minutes
From New York City: 135 Miles | 2.5 Hours
Belleayre has 47 trails for a range of skill levels, most of which are ideal for intermediate skiers. The mountain is located in the pristine Catskills Forest Preserve. For a more serene way to experience the surroundings, traverse Belleayre’s nearly six miles of backwoods trails on cross-country skis or snowshoes.
From Hudson Woods: 50 Miles | 1.0 Hours
From New York City: 148 Miles | 2.7 Hours
This Western Catskills spot has a “small mountain” feel but offers varied terrain, few crowds and a laid-back atmosphere. Of its 38 trails served by four lifts, Plattekill’s two most beloved runs are Powder Puff, an unusually long, two-mile slope at just the right grade for beginners, and the double-black-diamond Blockbuster, with 1,100 feet of continuous vertical drop.
Catskill Scenic Trail
From Hudson Woods: 60 Miles | 1.3 Hours
From New York City: 125 Miles | 3.0 Hours
This is a 26-mile trail in the western Catskills is the result of New York’s “Rails to Trails” program, which turned the rail bed of the former Delaware and Ulster Railroad into a well-maintained recreational trail. Passing through farmland and small towns, the CST can be accessed from it’s west end, at Bloomville; from its east end, at Roxbury; or from the village of Hobart, in between.
From Hudson Woods: 72 Miles | 1.5 Hours
From New York City: 157 Miles | 2.3 Hours
Situated on the edge of the Berkshires, Catamount’s tame slopes make it ideal for families. Of its 33 trails, 40 percent are suitable for beginners, but the resort also has the Berkshires’ longest run. The resort straddles the New York–Massachusetts border, making it possible to ski through both states on one slope.
Pineridge Cross-Country Ski Area
From Hudson Woods: 60 Miles | 1.8 Hours
From New York City: 166 Miles | 3.0 Hours
If you are looking for the full cross-country experience with the grooming and amenities normally found in alpine ski resorts, this destination in the foothills of the Taconic and Berkshire mountains is the place. Thirty-plus miles of woodland trails wind through forests and along Poestenkill Creek, and some lead to spots with a 1,746-foot elevation and great views.