States along the North East Coast provide stunning and unforgettable experiences for skiers, and New York is no exception. While many of the New York resorts are often overshadowed by their northern cousins, there are plenty of options within New York for an excellent skiing adventure. 

Windham Mountain

Windham Mountain offers a family-friendly resort with a big mountain feel. This 732-acre resort in the Catskills provides the perfect place to reconnect with nature on one of its 54 trails. If you are a semi-experienced skier, you’ll have plenty of intermediate trails that provide a challenge but aren’t too extreme. Windham is often less crowded than other ski resorts and offers five terrain parks, including the Big Air Bag, a giant inflatable cushion where you can practice tricks and jumps. 

Thunder Ridge

Just an hour outside of New York City, you’ll find Thunder Ridge Ski Area. This ski resort is excellent for beginners as many of the trails are not overly difficult. Thunder Ridge is a small resort close to home.


As one of the more affordable ski resort options, Catamount straddles the border between New York and Massachusetts. Nestled in the Berkshires, Catamount has 36 trails and a terrain park loaded with jumps. The vibe here is friendly and laid back. Trails have plenty of lights, so it’s also great for night skiing. With Catamount, you get a great bang for your buck!

Gore Mountain

For a true big mountain experience, Gore Mountain is an excellent choice. More experienced skiers will find the terrain challenging. Despite being affordable, crowds at Gore Mountain are rare. With four Alpine mountain peaks and continuous improvements and updates, Gore Mountain is a skiers paradise.


This state-run mountain provides a friendly, affordable experience. As one of the least crowded Catskill resorts, it consists of 47 trails, including 11 beginner trails, nine advanced trails, and 27 intermediate trails. A new terrain park is excellent for snowboarders and includes jumps, boxes, and rails. For the cross country skiers, Belleayre also has six beautiful miles of quiet trails.

Whiteface Mountain Resort

Known for its excellent expert terrain, and the second-largest vertical drop on the East Coast. Whiteface has played host to the Winter Olympics twice. Though there are no accommodations at the base of the mountain, Lake Placid is nearby. With extensive snowmaking capabilities, Whiteface Mountain Resort is sure to provide an excellent skiing adventure.