NEW YORK (WLNY) – There’s nothing like a quick getaway to chase away the winter blues — and what’s better than some fun in the snow?
CBS News travel guru Peter Greenberg visited The Couch on Thursday to give us some ideas and travel tips for the winter season.
Hunter Mountain, NY
Hunter Mountain doesnt have the best skiing in the world, but its so accessible from New York – about a 2-3-hour drive north. And it doesn’t necessarily need snowstorms. They were actually the first resort to use snowmakers from base to summit, and became the first to achieve 100 percent snowmaking coverage-in an average season, they’ll convert half a billion gallons of water into snow. Not only is there skiing, but there’s also tubing, snowshoeing…and one of the highest and longest zipline courses in North America. Skyrider Tour has more than 4 miles of ziplines, reaching nearly 600 feet above the ground.
Mount Snow, VT
It’s not all about skiing here. The last weekend in February through the first weekend of April is nicknamed Vernal Eternal because of all the events and deals. You can actually go dog-sledding! Husky Works Mushing Company takes out two dog-sledding expeditions a day (depending on the snow), where you get an hour-long introduction to the sport and the sledding team, followed by an hour-long tour on their own twisty, hilly trails. They are about 15 minutes from Mt. Snow and Stratton Mountain Ski Resorts.
Mount Washington, NH
Definitely a great option for couples. Night skiing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing…this is one of the best all-around resort experiences. And its not all mountain lodges. Omni Mount Washington Resort offers the luxury experience, which is especially great for couples. From here you have easy access to skiing, a canopy tour, a climbing wall, not to mention all the indoor stuff like four-star dining and spa services.
Crested Butte, CO
If you’re going to pay for airfare to Colorado for skiing, why not head to the more affordable of the resorts? Book by February 1 through Crested Butte Vacations and you can fly directly into Gunnison/Crested Butte airport on American Airlines, ski three days and stay four nights at The Grand Lodge, starting at $699 per person. This is available for travel through April 1, 2013, blackout dates do apply.