10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in New York

By Lauren I.

10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in New York

Once the snow starts falling, it’s time to hit the ski trails—and teach your young ones how to ski that fresh powder. Whether you’re into downhill skiing, cross-country, or snowboarding, there’s a place in New York for you. Here are 10 excellent ski areas for families that can be found across New York State.

1. Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Patterson, NY

Affordable and accessible by Metro-North train, this small, family-owned ski area is a great option for city-dwelling families who don’t want to drive to their snow-sport destination.

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2. Belleayre Mountain, Highmount, NY

This state-owned mountain has a laid-back vibe, affordable prices, and some exhilarating Catskills trails. Its 55 trails include plenty of options for beginners just finding their way on skis.

3. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, NY

This Hudson Valley resort is open for outdoor fun year-round, and in winter, ski instruction is available. Take your little ones to this winter wonderland to try out the sport for the first time. If they don’t like it, there’s plenty of other options like ice skating and snow tubing to enjoy!

4. Windham Mountain Ski Resort, Windham, NY

This family resort in New York’s accessible Catskills Mountains has 48 trails and includes a beginner area. The resort also offers snow tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, and an adventure park for the more daring family members.

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5. Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Cortland, NY

Located in the Finger Lakes region, this 32-trail mountain resort is geared toward family fun. If anyone tires of the snow, there’s a spa for adults and an indoor water park for the kids.

6. Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY

Just two hours north of New York City, this three-peak ski resort is among the most popular winter-sport destinations in the state. In addition, Hunter Mountain also has slope-side accommodations and 1,000-foot-long snow tubing lanes.

8. Holiday Valley, Ellicottville, NY

For families looking for a ski destination near Buffalo, Holiday Valley is a great option. The kid-friendly trails, ski-in/out lodging, and snow-making technology make this resort a top choice in the region.

9. Mount Peter Ski Area, Warwick, NY

Offering free lessons three times a day, this Warwick ski area is extremely friendly for families. They even offer a special ski school for toddlers, called Pete’s Pals. If you live in the area, consider signing your child up for one of their racing teams, too!

10. Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid, NY

Located in the buzzing ski town of Lake Placid, families who visit this premier ski mountain can enjoy a range of enjoyable activities off the slope. Everything from bobsledding, luging, and dog sledding can be experienced near this Adirondack resort.

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