Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast
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200 Route 94, Vernon
Features 43 trails, mostly beginner and intermediate, and a large terrain park. Private lessons available. Night skiing and snow tubing for kids ages 5 and older who are at least 42 inches tall. Offers a racing program for kids ages 7 and older. Approximately 50 miles from Manhattan.
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66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont
Boasts 47 trails (18 night skiing trails), most for intermediate to advanced skill levels, and a terrain park. Ski lessons for ages 3 and older; snowboarding lessons for ages 8 and older. Kids’ clubs for ages 6 and older. Snow tubing for children at least 42 inches tall. Children’s Center offers child care for ages 2-5. Saturday nights are Family Nights, with discounted lift tickets, rentals, and lessons.
101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield
Has 24 trails and three terrain parks. Private and group ski lessons for ages 4 and older; snowboard lessons for ages 7 and older. Night skiing and tubing are also offered (parents must sign Release from Liability form). $10 lift tickets and tubing on Thursday nights.
37 Corey Road, Hancock
Features 45 trails, three terrain parks, nine lifts, and night skiing. KidsRule program features lessons for kids ages 3-14. The Cub's Den daycare is available for children ages 6 months and older. Mountain Coaster and Soaring Eagle Zip ride is available for non-skiers and riders on weekends and holidays, weather permitting.
159 Monterey Road off Route 23, Otis
Has 10 trails, four lifts, and night skiing. Group ski lessons for kids as young as 4; snowboarding lessons for ages 6 and older. Private lessons offered for younger children, no age restriction. Overnight ski camps ($120 per day) for kids ages 8-15, including ski instruction and other recreational activities, are offered Jan. 12-15, Feb. 16-19, and March 10-12.
380 State Road (Route 23), Great Barrington
Boasts 22 trails, two terrain parks, 11 lifts, and an eight-lane snow tubing center (tubing is for all ages). Adventurers ski programs for ages 4-13 and miniRIDERS snowboarding programs for ages 4-13. Reservations encouraged. Daycare available for ages 6 months to 8 years.
1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton
Has 39 trails, five terrain parks, snow tubing, and night skiing. Explorer program offers ski lessons for ages 4-12 and snowboarding instruction for ages 5-12. (Also offers a Pioneer Program for ages 6-10, which is recommended for kids who have already completed Explorers.) Children 5 and younger receive a free lift ticket with a paying adult. Offers a youth racing program for skiers and snowboarders ages 5-18. The Childcare Cabin is available for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
301 Camelback Road, Tannersville
Boasts 34 trails, most for novices and beginners. Night skiing offered. Learn to ski and snowboard classes for kids ages 4-12. Half-day CamelCare Adventurers ski or snowboard program for kids ages 3-5. Snow tubing with double tubes available for children as small as 33 inches, accompanied by an adult. Kids ages 5 and younger receive free lift ticket with paid adult. Purchase an explorer card for $179 to receive three days of access to equipment rentals, bunny slopes, and the meadow lift, as well as three beginner lessons.
434 Jack Frost Mountain Road, Blakeslee
Sister resort: Big Boulder, 1 S. Lake Drive, Lake Harmony
Children's ski programs for ages 3-12; snowboard lessons for ages 6-12. Both offer terrain parks and tubing for those at least 42 inches tall. Only Big Boulder has night skiing.
1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton
Boasts 26 trails and one terrain parks. Ski lessons for kids as young as 3. Snow tubing for those 44 inches and taller. The Learn to Ski or Snowboard Program for children 6 and older and includes six lessons and a night pass. Located about 7 miles from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and 30 miles from Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport.
401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg
Has 23 trails, two terrain parks, night skiing, and snow tubing, with tandem tubes for one parent and a child shorter than 46 inches. Offers a SKIbaby program for ages 3; a Mommy & Me program for 3-year-olds and one guardian; ski lessons for kids as young as 4; and snowboard lessons for kids as young as 7.
192 Karl Hope Blvd., Lackawaxen
Features 18 trails, with group ski and snowboard lessons for ages 6 and older and tubing for those at least 42 inches tall. Children 5 and younger receive a free lift ticket with paying adult.
Direct service is available to these resorts from New York City, Westchester, and Connecticut via Adventure Northeast Transportation Service (917-861-1800). Urban Sherpa bus service also provides direct transportation from NYC to Killington (917-692-5222).
3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru
Boasts 47 trails, nine lifts, and one terrain park. Ski and snowboard lessons for children ages 2½ and older. Child care available for ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Children ages 5 and younger receive free lift tickets.
4763 Killington Road, Killington
Features 155 trails, 21 lifts, and several terrain parks, including a “superpipe.” Group ski and snowboarding lessons for beginners as young as 2 with a maximum of five children per class; group snowboard lessons for those as young as 4. Friendly Penguin Day Care for children ages 12 weeks to 12 years.
39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover
Spans 600 acres with 86 named trails, 20 lifts, 100 acres of terrain parks, eight lanes of snow tubing for all ages, snowshoeing, nearby cross-country skiing, snowmobile tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and dog sledding. Ski and snowboard lessons for kids as young as 3; available in half-or full-day programs. Child care available for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Children ages 5 and younger ski for $10.
77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow
Boasts 121 trails, 20 lifts, and eight terrain parks. Free skiing and riding for children ages 6 and younger. Reduced-price lift tickets for ages 13-18 and further reduced-price tickets for children ages 7-12. Private lessons for children as young as 2; group ski lessons for children as young as 3; group snowboard lessons for children as young as 4-6. Penguin Playground Day Care Center for ages 6 months to 4 years.
4323 Vermont Route 108 S., Smugglers’ Notch
One of the Top 30 resorts in North America and winner of best family programs (SKI Magazine), this resort spans three mountains and has 78 trails, including 13 easy trails and eight lifts. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobile touring are available. Families enjoy indoor pool and hot tubs, arts and crafts workshops, and kids of all ages play in the FunZone, the family entertainment and recreation center. Treasures Child Care available for ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Ski lessons for kids as young as 2½ and snowboarding lessons for kids as young as 3. Have fun on the ArborTrek Zip Line canopy tour, the only one of its kind in Vermont, where you can whiz through trees higher than 65 feet off the ground.
5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain
Ski and snowboard lessons for ages 3 and older. Childcare available for ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Snow tubing in the Coca Cola Tubing Park (must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall). Mini Snowmobile Rides for ages 6 and older; riders 6 and older can drive their own mini Arctic Cat snowmobile on Saturdays and during holiday periods.
1 Skimobile Road, North Conway
The 10-lane tubing park open weekends (Friday-Sunday) and major holidays, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Has 57 trails, nine lifts, and five terrain parks. The Playroom can accommodate children aged six months to five years and the staff will try to accommodate families with special needs with sufficient notice. Lessons offered include the I Wanna Ski program for ages 3-5, I Wanna Snowboard program for ages 5-7, and group lessons for ages 4-14.