As we enter January and come ever closer to the middle of winter in New York, winter activities are top of mind. Very often that winter activity is skiing – whether it’s downhill skiing or cross-country skiing. The cold weather and snow on the ground (either nature-made or man-made) is a beacon for outdoor lovers to get out and enjoy this time of year.
New York is home to many ski slopes and areas for cross-country skiing, many of which are conveniently located near campgrounds. Though many campgrounds are closed in New York State this time of year, there are some parks that are still open.
Are you hesitant to go skiing because of the often high price of lift tickets and hotel or resort stays? Camping is a great way to stay near a ski area for a reasonable cost and still get to enjoy your favorite winter activities.
Where to Ski
The I Ski NY website by Ski Areas of New York, Inc. has a listing of ski areas throughout the state. In addition, the site offers the latest snow reports and surface conditions. The site also has a listing of ski deals and one of the top deals is that kids in the 3rd and 4th grades can ski for free for the season through their ISKINY Free for Kids Passport Program.
Skiing is Only the Beginning
Even if you’re not into skiing or like to do other cold-weather things as well, there are other activities that ski areas and other locations in New York offer including snowboarding, snow tubing, snow shoeing, dog sled rides, snowmobiling, ice skating, and more. Many of these activities can also be found on the Winter Activities page of the I Love NY website.
Where to Camp
Once you determine where you want to go to ski or to participate in another winter activity, search for a nearby campsite that might be open during the winter months. To find possible campgrounds, use the "Find Your Park" locator in the top right corner of our website and look for parks that indicate "YEAR ROUND" for their operating dates.
New York State has some of the best ski areas in the Northeast and is also ideal for many other cold weather related activities. It is also home to some of the best campgrounds in the Northeast. Now is the time to get out and enjoy the winter season while you can!