A little-known fact is that New York has more ski resorts than any other state, even more than popular destinations such as California and Colorado. With 44 places to ski and ride, the Empire State provides an abundance of terrain for the winter sport enthusiast, although it gets a fraction of skier visits compared to nearby Vermont and New Hampshire. Alexandra Chapman of Victor, New York, describes three overlooked yet quality places to ski and snowboard in the state. Alexandra Chapman, a member of the Victor Ski Club, spends her winters exploring what New York has to offer.
1. Bristol Mountain Winter Resort
Located in the Western Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, this mountain has 138 acres of skiable terrain, 34 slopes and trails, and a 1,200-foot vertical rise. The resort also has an unparalleled Nordic ski center.
2. Plattekill Mountain
With only three lifts, Plattekill offers an exciting sporting experience in the Catskills, coupled with small mountain charm. It provides 35 trails, has 1,100 feet of vertical rise, and a famous 2-mile-long beginner cruise trail, “Powder Puff.”
3. Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Located near Cortland, New York, Greek Peak is known for its seven-day-a-week night skiing, meaning the fun is not limited to daylight hours. The mountain has 952 feet of vertical rise, a Nordic center, and a tubing center.