Hit the slopes with some Downhill Skiing!

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February is the perfect month to plan a snowy getaway filled with fun winter activities for the whole family. Be adventurous this season and experience one of the most thrilling parts of the snow- downhill skiing! Whether you are a novice or have 10 years experience, skiing is sure to be a hit with everyone! Here are some of the best Capital Region, Upstate New York, and Berkshire mountains that will keep you wanting more thrills!

Maple Ski Ridge
Located in Rotterdam NY and open Tuesday-Friday 3pm-9pm and Saturday 9a-9pm and Sunday 9a-4p, Maple Ski Ridge specializes in group ski lessons as well as individual ones. Ski, snowboard, and helmet rentals are also available. Group packages and Presidents Day packages are also available for purchase. Maple Ski Ridge focuses on special programs and lessons for children making it the perfect place in the Capital Region to bring your family! Illuminated trails are also a featured part of the ridge. Visit http://www.mapleskiridge.com/ or call 518-381-4700 for more information about rates, packages, and featured activities.

McCauley Mountain Ski Area
Sitting comfortably in the central Adirondack mountain region, McCauley Mountain Ski area sits just outside of Old Forge NY. The Ski area features 21 ski trails for skiers of all levels. McCauley offers the perks of a “big mountain” resort in an affordable way and without the hassle of waiting on long lines. Lodging, and resturant options are in close proximity to the mountain as well, making your visit as comfortable as possible. Visit http://www.mccauleyny.com/ for rates, more information, or call (315) 369-3225.

Catamount Ski Area
Bordering the New York/Massachusetts state line near South Egremont, Massachusetts Catamount is one of the oldest and longest running ski mountains in the Northeast region. Offering the most diverse network of trails in the Berkshires, Catamount offers both super gentle and super steep mountains for all types of ski levels. Group and private lessons, lessons for young children, specialty, and childrens programs are also available at Catamount. The Catamount website features links to bed and breakfasts, dining, hotels, and other services in order to make your trip run as smoothly as possible. Visit http://www.catamountski.com/mountain/mountain.php or call 518-325-3200 for package and rental information!

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Located in Hancock Massachusetts, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the perfect place to go for a quick weekend getaway! The resort is open for almost 11 hours each day, offering anytime winter fun for visitors! There are 45 differing trails in total, with 21 that are lit up in the evening for night skiing. The longest trail runs 2 miles long! Jiminy Peak is also home to various shops, eatery’s, and other convenient services. Discount group package rates are also available. Visit http://www.jiminypeak.com/ or call (413) 738-5500 for more information.

Sawkill Family Ski Center
Kingston NY is home to the Sawkill Family Ski Center! Skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing are featured at Sawkill, hourly rates and rentals are also available if you and your family are just looking for a fun afternoon activity over the weekend. Nearby lodging links are conveniently placed on the Sawkill website for easy access to the closest hotels to the Ski Center. Visit http://www.sawkillski.com/ for more information.

Mount Peter Ski Area
Started in 1936 by Macy’s Department Store, Mount Peter Ski Area has been serving the community at an affordable price since! Known as “The Friendly One” it is the oldest ski area in New York State. With 14 trails, night skiing Monday-Saturday, 2 lodges, outdoor grill, a bar and grill, rentals, retail shops, and various programs including “Mountain School” its no surprise that Mount Peter Ski has been successful for so many years. Open 7 days a week, and features lessons for beginners as well. Take a day off and spend quality time at Mount Peter Ski at an affordable price! Visit http://www.mtpeter.com/ or call 845-986-4940 with any questions.

Hunter Mountain
Located in Hunter NY and featuring a 1,600 foot drop, Hunter Mountain is sure to deliver thrills to your ski session! As the Catskills’ most popular resort destination, Hunter Mountain is the perfect place for families, beginners, and experts alike. The mountain is open 7 days a week during the winter sports season making it a convenient place for any day fun. Hunter Mountain is also home to snow tubing, the Tap New York Beer Festival, NY Zipline’s SkyRider tour and much more! If you’ve never visited the Catskills, Hunter Mountain is the perfect excuse to take the trip you’ve always wanted! Visit http://www.huntermtn.com/ for rental, lodging, dining and other information.

Some other upstate New York and Berkshire ski centers and mountain lodges:

Plattekill Mountain
http://plattekill.com/ or 607-326-3500

Windham Mountain
http://www.windhammountain.com/ or 518-734-4300

Belleayre Mountain
http://www.belleayre.com/ or 845-254-5600

Whiteface Mountain
http://www.whiteface.com/ or 518-946-2223

Gore Mountain
http://www.goremountain.com/ or 518-251-2411

Butternut Basin
http://www.skibutternut.com/ or 413-528-2000

Canterbury Farms
http://www.canterbury-farms.com/ or 413-623-0100

Now that you have plenty of mountains and lodges to choose from there’s no excuse not to hit the slopes this winter season!

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