From favorite ski resorts convenient to New York City, near upstate Buffalo and the Lake Placid area, New York State is a winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Most ski resorts offer ski weekend or vacation packages for groups or families that usually include lift ticket, ski rentals, hotel or resort stay and sometimes even a lesson or two.
One of the most popular ski areas with NY Metro residents is Hunter Mountain, only a two hour drive up the New York State Thruway.
Hunter Mountain offers slopeside lodging and plenty of all-inclusive resort hotels as well as romantic B&B options right nearby.
Catering to skiers of all abilities, Hunter actually encompasses three separate mountains offering a total of 55 trails - from
gentle terrain for kids and beginners, to steeps and slopes for intermediate and experienced skiers.
In central New York, the Snow Ridge ski area has been a beacon for skiers and snowboarders for six decades. It offers some of the Empire State's biggest snowfalls (230" inches on average) blanketing 22 trails that run through a wide variety of terrain, It includes six lifts and one bunny tow for kids and newbies.
For world class skiing, the Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville - famed as the 'Aspen of the East' - includes luxury stays the Inn at Holiday Valley, often cited on top 10 lists of resort hotels statewide. In addition to top flight amenities, the resort offers 56 slopes and 13 lifts along with a variety of snowboarding and tubing areas.
More about New York State skiing & snowboarding around the Web:
New York Ski Resorts - This is an excellent guide to the state's top resorts with information and comparisons of elevations, lifts and trails, snow reports including new snow and surface conditions, visitor star-rated reviews and photos.