Why travel to northern states such as Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to enjoy winter attractions when the Hudson Valley is full of winter thrills? Don’t overlook the beautiful region we live in when you are thinking of places to go for day trips and weekend getaways. Here are some of the winter activities we recommend visiting right at home:
Mohonk offers open-air skating under an elegant, barn-like, 9,375-square-foot pavilion. Skating for day guests cost $17 on weekdays and $27 on weekends and holidays. Thirty miles of trails with stellar views of the Catskills are also available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Cross-country trail passes for guests cost $22 per person on weekdays and $27 per person on weekends and holidays. Snowshoeing trail passes cost $22 per person on weekends and $27 on weekends and holidays. This weekend destination is the perfect staycation, right here in the Hudson Valley.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
Skate at the Valley’s largest open-air rink from November 2 to March 1, weather permitting, on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and weekends (see website for schedule). Pricing is affordable: adults pay $5 to skate, parking is $10 on weekends and holidays, and skate rental is $5 per pair.
3020 Seven Lakes Dr, Tomkins Cove
Windham Mountain is best known for skiing, but its Adventure Park offers a bunch of non-ski activities, like tubing, kids’ snowmobiling, and skating on a 120’ x 60’ outdoor rink. Rink open weekends and holidays. $10 per session and $5 rentals.
19 Resort Dr, Windham
In addition to skating, Northern Westchester’s Blue Mountain Reservation offers cross-country skiing trails complete with trail lodges. Bring your own skates.
Update: Ice-skating will not be offered this winter due to a dam rehabilitation project.
435 Welcher Ave, Peekskillâ€‹
Looking for a fun weekend day trip? Come to the Catskills to ski down one of Plattekill Mountain’s 38 trails. The trails range from double black diamonds for the experts or two-mile-long trails for beginners. If you are really adventurous, try out the terrain park to catch some air and ride the rails.
469 Plattekill Rd, Roxbury
There are dozens of places to go cross-country skiing in the Valley; you can make a trail anywhere if the land is right and the laws allow. And though it’s undeniably laborious exercise (especially on uphill slopes), consider that competitive cross-country skiers are among the fittest athletes anywhere. Hunter Mountain, Catamount, Mount Peter, Thunder Ridge, Belleayre, and Windham Mountain are just a few places to go if you’re actually looking to rent equipment, take a lesson, or even finish with a warm hot chocolate.
Many of our local ski areas have tubing operations now, but none in the Valley carry the notoriety of Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery. The area is impressive — you wouldn’t be wrong to mistake its 800-foot hill (and stadium lights at night) for a full-fledged Olympic operation (there are two cable rope lifts and 12 groomed lanes). You can go tubing on Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays, and equipment rental is available. That said, you don’t have to be in a tube to enjoy our hilly terrain — there are tons of other places to sled in the region. Besides Thomas Bull Memorial Park (sled rentals are not available, like tubing, but sledding is free), two more spots worth a visit when the kids are clamoring for a downhill joyride are Bowdoin Park in Dutchess County and, perhaps the best known sledding spot in the Valley, Burger Hill Park in Rhinebeck.
Update: Thomas Bull Memorial Park does not offer snow tubing in winter 2020.
211 Rte 416, Montgomery