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The 5 Best Skiing And Snowboarding Getaways For N.Y., N.J., Conn. Families

February 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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There are several options for skiing and snowboarding trips just one hour from our doorstep. Which one is best for your family or group? These are our favorite options. By Holly Rosen Fink.

Thunder Ridge Ski Resort

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137 Birch Hill Rd.
Patterson, NY 12563
(845) 878-4100
thunderridgeski.com

Approximately one-hour from New York City, Thunder Ridge Ski Resort offers several pros: good snow (real and homemade), pleasant staff, reasonably priced and efficiently run ski school for children, easy sloped for children and babysitting is only $10 an hour. Cons: crowded at times with long lift lines, only a few slopes so there’s not much variety, slightly greasy food in the cafeteria with no healthy options. On the other hand, the resort is a short drive and an easy way to get your children familiar with the sport. Just don’t expect it to be Lake Tahoe or Park City. Lift tickets are $50 per adult for a day; $47 for a child on the weekend; $40 per adult and $25 per child weekdays. Several hotels offer overnight ski and stay packages, including the Springhill Suites by Marriott, the Pawling House Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Inn Danbury-Bethel, Hilton Garden Inn, Maron Hotel, Danbury Plaza, Heidi’s Inn, Ethan Allen Hotel and Comfort Suites.

Mohawk Mountain Ski Area

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46 Great Hollow Road
West Cornwall, CT 06796
(860) 672-6100
mohawkmtn.com

Mohawk Mountain Ski Area is about two hours from NYC in Cornwall, Conn. Pros: great snow (real and homemade), well marked trails, new lifts, excellent ski school for children with extensive programming, challenging trails for adults, on-mountain restaurant, less crowded than Thunder Ridge. Cons: slightly further than Thunder Ridge, slightly more expensive than Thunder Ridge but not very much. This is more of a ski experience, like offered in Lake Tahoe and Park City. Lift tickets can be bought in batches – $324 for six adults lift tickets; $276 for six child tickets and a lift ticket for a child five and under is just $15.

Mountain Creek Mountain House

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200 Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462
(973) 827-2000
mountaincreek.com

Mountain Creek Mountain House is about one hour from New York City in Vernon, NJ. Pros: good snow, family-friendly, good views, close to NYC, lodging options on premises, good for first-timers. Cons: crowded on weekends, not cheap. Mountain Creek offers 167 ski-able acres on four mountain peaks, 100 percent night skiing, the region’s most extensive snow-making system and highest vertical at 1040 feet. Midweek adult passes cost $50.99; youth 7-18 years old are $40.99. Weekend passes are about $10 more per ticket. Discounted options include Season Passes and Friends & Family All Access Pass Deals.

Hunter Mountain

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Hunter Mountain
Hunter, NY 12442
(800) 486-8376
huntermtn.com

Located in the Catskills, Hunter Mountain offers renowned terrain, award-winning facilities and luxury mountainside accommodations at the Liftside Condominiums. They offer a dozen unique mountain eateries speckled throughout the resort, two full service retail stores and plenty of programs for adults, children, and families. The resort makes snow early, often, and in large quantities so the snow can be very plentiful. Adult lift tickets mid week cost $68, juniors cost $47. They also offer season passes, as well as the Big Lift Card, Specialty Days (like Ladies Day Wednesdays), the Beginner Tri Pack and more.

Windham Mountain

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Windham Mountain
Windham, NY 12496
(518) 734-4300
windhammountain.com

Windham Mountain is a ski resort located in the town of Windham, New York, in the northern section of the Catskill Mountains. It has 46 trails and 9 lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads, one from the bottom to top of each peak. The highest peak is situated at 3,100 feet (940 m) with a vertical rise of 1,600 feet (490 m) from the base. Snow making covers 98% of the trail area of 265 acres. They offer daily ski and snowboard lessons and value-added for those who are just starting out, or eager to brush up on their techniques. Special ticket offers include a Season Pass, Windham1 Card or Gravity Holder.

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