• Weekend Getaway: Skiing at Windham Mountain in the Catskills

    Whether you’re an avid skier or a novice snowboarder, the Catskills’ Windham Mountain is one of the region’s best spots to enjoy fresh powder in the great outdoors. The mountain, just two hours from Hoboken, offers a range of experiences {from skiing to tubing and boarding to ice skating} to enjoy this winter. When planning a quick family getaway or a friends ski weekend, here are 5 important things to know about visiting Windham Mountain.

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    Activities

    At the main Windham Mountain Resort, visitors can try their hand at skiing and snowboarding across 54 trails and 285 skiable acres. Lessons are available for adults and children. When it’s time for a break, the resort also offers live music with outdoor fire pits and a bar at the base of the slopes.

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    For a thrilling and adventurous alternative, visitors can tube at Windham’s Adventure Park. This unique experience sends riders catapulting down a 650-foot, snow-covered slope with a pulley system to bring the tubes back up. Finally, visitors can also enjoy the mountain’s ice skating or kids’ snowmobiling experiences at Adventure Park.

    Ski Rentals

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    The resort offers ski rentals, but local rental shops such as Snow Bird Ski Shops are most cost-efficient. They offer skis and snowboards in a variety of sizes as well as helmets, poles, and additional gear. Flexible rental times are a major perk at Snow Bird; if renters miss the evening deadline, they can return skis in the morning without an additional fee. Important to note: you’ll need an SUV or a car with a trunk that opens to the main cabin to fit your gear.

    READ: Ski Resorts Within 2 Hours of Hoboken + Jersey City

    Best Trails

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    With 54 trails, Windham Mountain has a variety of options for all experience levels. New skiers should start out on runs such as the Wooly Bear and Whisper, while more seasoned visitors can attempt Lower Wolverine, Upper Wiseacre or one of the toughest of all, Wedel, a double black diamond on the side of the mountain.

    Where to Stay

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    After an active day in the snow, visitors can put their feet up at one of the local hotels. The closest option is Windham Mountain Village, but Windham Resort also offers a free shuttle to The Winwood Inn & Condominiums. For larger groups, VRBO Private home renting is a great option as most houses include perks like hot tubs {a must for sore muscles!}.

    Where to Eat

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    Windham Resort has a huge onsite cafeteria with everything from sushi to hamburgers and yogurt to pasta — and of course, that outdoor bar — but some of the best dining options aren’t necessarily on the mountain. They’re in the charming little mountain town of Windham.

    For comfort food, try the Catskills Mountain Country Store and Restaurant. If an upscale girls night is more up your alley, visit the Vineyard at Windham. This dog-friendly four-acre vineyard overlooks Windham Mountain; they have a variety of tasting options and extremely friendly owners.

    Windham Mountain merely scratches the surface of fun to be had in the Northern Catskills. If you’re looking to extend your stay beyond snowy activities, check out our guide on the best things to do for a weekend getaway in Windham and beyond!

    Where’s your favorite place for a winter getaway? Share with us in the comments below!

    See More: A Winter Weekend Getaway to Lake Placid, NY

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    Written by:

    Stephanie Vermillion lives in Uptown Hoboken with her fiancé, Frank, and four-legged coworker/child (OK, dog), Harry. Stephanie is a travel journalist and filmmaker with articles published in outlets such as VICE, Mental Floss, Elite Daily and Mic, and she’s the founder of Stephanie Vermillion Studio (www.stephanievermillionstudio.com). When she’s not on the road or keeping her coworker, Harry, in line, you can find Stephanie bingeing on pour-overs at Hudson Coffee.


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