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Skiing Near New York City by Anthony Sages

February 4, 2011

by Anthony Sages

For many years I have taken ski vacations outside of New York State, but I recently decided to explore the slopes closer to my home. I searched online and found a great article on the New York Times website about local options. While some of these may seem far away, you can get to many of them in the same amount of time it would take to reach New England skiing destinations. Below, I share what I discovered. – Whiteface – 280 miles from New York City; If you have children, you can observe them honing their skills on the resort’s learning slopes while sitting in Adirondack chairs.

On Wednesdays, you can enjoy a $38 lift ticket courtesy of sponsor Coca-Cola. For more information, visit whiteface.com. – Lake Placid – 10 miles from Whiteface; Home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, this destination features a charming town and excellent skiing in the Adirondacks. With an abundance of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and more, you will have plenty of activities to try. Check out lakeplacid.com for details. – Mount Peter – 50 miles from New York City in the Hudson Valley; Open from mid-December to March each year, this ski area caters to families. Celebrating 75 years, the site offers a free beginner ski and snowboarding school.

To learn more, log on to mtpeter.com. – Ellicottville – 50 miles from Buffalo; This town features two popular ski areas, Holiday Valley and HoliMont. Holiday Valley includes 56 trails, a tubing park, and a variety of overnight options, including lodges, condos, and bed and breakfasts. HoliMont limits its skiing to club members on weekends, but anyone can enjoy the slopes during the week. Websites for more information include ellicottvilleny.com, holidayvalley.com, holimont.com.

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