Ski Resorts near Hudson, NY
Hudson is blessed with beautiful streets filled with shops and restaurants and arguably the best
nightlife in the Hudson Valley. In the winter, it’s one of the absolute best places to hang out in
the state. This is not only because of the street-scene that draws tourists from around the world,
but also its ideal location in a valley packed with excellent winter sports resorts.
Upstate New York has been home to two separate winter Olympics games, first in 1932, and
then in 1980. It was at those Olympics in 1980 that the famous “Miracle on Ice” took place,
where the veteran soviet ice hockey team was beaten in a thrilling game against the underdog
American team. Although those Olympic games were long enough ago to still have cold war
rivalries and east and west Germany competing against each other and the like, the legacy of
excellence in winter sports conditions and facilities has not changed for upstate New York and
the Hudson valley. The area is still home to the biggest park in the continental United States
(Adirondack State Park), three separate mountain ranges in the Catskills, Adirondacks, and
Berkshires (all a conveniently short drive from Hudson) and some of the deepest snowfall in the
country. Whether you want to slalom or take a dive into snowy oblivion off vertical drop ski
courses, snowboard the day away, take the kids sledding, go snowshoeing or cross country
skiing, learn how to do any of that for the first time, or maybe if you just want a getaway to a
mountain lodge to sip on some hot cocoa while the snow comes down, Hudson is an ideal central
location for you.
Here are six great local options:
Catamount Ski Area
78 Catamount Road, Hillsdale NY – (518) 325-3200
(30 minutes from Hudson)
This place has a thousand-foot vertical drop mountain for thrill seekers, and thrill seekers there
are. People come from around the world to ski Catamount, and they stay in style. Nestled amidst
Berkshire beauty, the bucolic and cozy lodge and shopping and spa areas house thousands of
winter-sports enthusiasts every season, and is a great spot to take the family, go with your
significant other, or if you just want to feel powder in your face speeding down a pristine ski
slope just a short drive from Hudson.
33 Clarence D. Lane Road, Windham, NY – (800) 754-9463
(35 minutes from Hudson)
Windham ranks among some of the best winter resorts in the country. If your taste for the day is
a lot of downhill, it’s got plenty. Perhaps you want to shop, or hang out in the lodge, or relax in a
spa — it’s all there. Windham is enormous, and has delights to the senses for everybody in the
380 State Road, Route 23 Great Barrington, MA – (413) 528-2000
(48 minutes from Hudson)
The list of beautiful winter resorts can seem wonderfully endless, especially when Ski Butternut
is one of the choices. Less than an hour from Hudson, a quick drive from Great Barrington and
all its great little shops and restaurants, Ski Butternut is an idyllic mountain resort known for its
excellent trails and beautiful mountain vistas.
64 Klein Avenue, Hunter, NY – (518) 263-4223
(44 minutes from Hudson)
Hunter is a ski bum town in the most majestic park in New York. The craggy peaks of the
Catskill mountains, the snow-packed woods and the frozen waterfalls give way to a town reeling
with tourists from around the world moving in and out of equipment shops, seasonal hotels,
restaurants serving steaming plates of food to cold customers and music filling the mountain air.
This is all happening obviously because the grand old Hunter Mountain resort is just up the road.
Boasting 10 lifts, 240 acres of skiable area and a 1,600 foot drop, this is one of the most exciting
places to enjoy the slopes and have a good time. So much so that MTV is currently producing a
reality show called “Winter Break: Hunter Mountain”. Be there or be square!
Maple Ski Ridge
2725 Mariaville Rd, Rotterdam, NY 12306 – (518)-381- 4700
(1 hour 10 minutes from Hudson)
Maple Ski Ridge is a great option for beginners and anyone looking for a more laid back skiing
experience. Maple Ski Ridge does not boast big hills, but it is known for its family friendly
atmosphere, beginner’s courses and straightforward lodge. You get in, you rent your gear, you
hang out by the fire if you want to, or you step outside and get straight to the slopes. It is
compact, less crowded than other resorts, and has a lunch counter worth checking out.
Belleayre Mountain, Highmount, NY – (845) 254-5600
(1 hour 19 minutes from Hudson)
Simply put, Belleayre is huge. Close to 200,000 people visit every season. The mountain has 50
trails and glades to choose from, and 8 lifts including the Catskill Thunder, a high-speed quad
lift. The Lodge is packed with dining and pubs, and the park is constantly expanding and
upgrading. The park also sits in one of the wildest areas in New York, as it was designated a
“forever wilderness” parkway back in 1885.
The Amtrak doesn’t stop running, nor does MetroNorth, the highways are clear and the
sidewalks are salted. The bars and the lodges are warm and inviting. The slopes are open and the
prices are lower than you think. What are you waiting for?