If your family loves the feeling of gliding across freshly packed snow on skis, you are certainly thinking about packing up the car and heading out for a day of skiing this winter. Fortunately, there are a few places that don't require hours in the car with screaming kids. Here are five places where you and your family can enjoy a full day of skiing without traveling more than two hours outside of New York City. Even if your family has never skied before, you may want to check out this list in case you decided to take a chance and experience the sport that so many love.
And for more winter fun, check out our Skiing & Snow Sports Guide.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
3 Old Country Road, Quogue, LI
If snow is in the forecast for Long Island, you can always head to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, which is located on the East End of Long Island in Quogue. When there is fresh powder on the ground, the 305-acre refuge is open for cross-country skiing. Ski rentals are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends from 11am to 4pm.
200 Campgaw Road, Mahway, NJ
Campgaw Mountain is located just 50 minutes outside New York City and offers five trails on 18 acres and 270 vertical feet of mountain skiing. It is a location that is perfect for first-timers with weekend lift tickets. Daily rentals are also available.
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ
A little over one hour outside New York City, the 170-acre Mountain Creek offers 45 trails and 1,040 vertical feet of mountain skiing. Lift tickets are available for advance online purchase. Daily equipment rentals are also available. Aside from skiing, the resort also offers snow tubing with weekend tickets.
137 Birch Hill Road, Patterson, NY
Situated about an hour-and-a-half outside of New York City, the 100-acre Thunder Ridge ski area offers 30 trails, six ski lifts and 500 vertical feet of mountain skiing. Equipment rentals are available.
46 Great Hollow Road, Cornwall, CT
Located a little under two hours outside of New York City, Mohawk Mountain offers 24 trails, four lifts and 650 vertical feet of mountain skiing. Daily rentals are available, as well as children's programs, including two-hour weekend lessons for children up to age 13.
Find more seasonal activities, including nearby snow tubing spots, in our Skiing & Snow Sports Guide.