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Instead of hibernating this winter, celebrate the snowy season by hitting the slopes with the family. A day or weekend of skiing or snowboarding is a fun way to get some exercise and is sure to put a rosy glow into your little one's cheeks. Never skied/boarded before? No problem-these family friendly locations have beginner programs for all ages, and most offer day care for the tot who's not quite ready to strap on skis. Whether you're looking for a conveniently close bunny hill or a well-worth-it trip out to real snow country, have a look at our guide to find the best fit for you and your crew.
200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah
Small ski area with two lifts, night skiing, and snow tubing (must be at least 3.5 feet tall). Tiny Tot program offers group ski lessons for ages 4-6, group ski and snowboard lessons for ages 7 and up. Approximately 20 miles north of the George Washington Bridge.
Mountain Creek Ski Resort
200 Route 94, Vernon
43 trails, mostly beginner and intermediate, and a large terrain park. Private lessons available on weekends and holidays. Night skiing and snow tubing (you must be at least 42 inches tall and at least 5 years old). One hour drive from NYC.
The Hidden Valley Club
44 Breakneck Road, Vernon
Offers a Ski Wee Weekend Program for ages 4-12 and Mini Riders Weekend Program for snowboarders ages 7-12, of all skill levels. Also offers the Mountain Masters Program, a five-week afterschool program for skiers and boarders ages 5-14.
WORTH THE TRAVEL...
Bristol Mountain Resort
5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, NY
33 trails, mostly intermediate, and two terrain parks. Ski lessons for children as young as 4, snowboard lessons for children as young as 6. Child care program for children as young as 18 months.
793 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek, NY
518-251-2411 or 800-342-1234, www.goremountain.com
90 trails, including eight snowshoeing/cross-country trails. Daily ski and snowboard lessons for children as young as 4. Day care available for children ages 6 months to 6 years.
Whiteface, The Olympic Mountain
Route 86, Wilmington, NY
85 trails, 11 lifts, and several terrain parks at this U.S. Olympic training site. There are expert trails as well as a Kids Kampus for kids and families just learning to ski or board. Lessons for ages 4 and up, and all skill levels. Nursery available for ages 1 and up.
Also see our complete 2010 Where to Ski/Snowboard Guide for NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA, and VT