Ski lovers can hit these slopes close to the city

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With winter approaching, skiers and snowboarders are anticipating a good season, but one problem remains: Where can a skier shred the mountain in New York City? While skiing in the city isn’t an option, there are a number of great ski resorts just outside of the city that offer trails for all levels of experience with great student discounts.

Windham Mountain

This ski resort is located just three hours away from Manhattan in beautiful Windham, N.Y., and is one of the best in New York state. The mountain has 50 acres of trails for beginner and intermediate skiers. Not a skier? The mountain offers other fun winter activities like snow tubing, ice skating and an adventure park. With a valid college ID, students can get a discounted rate on lift tickets ($62 on weekends) or a season pass for only $269.

Gore Mountain 

Situated in the North Creek region of the Adirondack Mountains, Gore Mountain offers 428 acres of diverse trails for anyone at any level. Ski Magazine even numbered it among the top 10 in the east for value, lifts and overall satisfaction. In addition, the Gore Mountain ski team offers a variety of classes and learning opportunities for both children and adults — it’s never too late to learn. Students can purchase a Student Card for just $79, which grants holders free access to the mountain on their first day at Gore, and on every sixth day afterward. Each day in-between is discounted to $39.

Whiteface Mountain 

Measuring 4,867 feet, Whiteface is the fifth-highest mountain in New York. The park offers 225 acres of trails perfect for slightly more advanced skiiers and snowboarders. Located in Wilmington, N.Y., right down the road from Lake Placid, Whiteface was the home of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Ski Magazine also voted the mountain number one in off-hill activities for 20 years in a row. The mountain offers a Student Card discount almost identical to Gore Mountain’s, so jump on these great deals while you can.

Hunter Mountain 

The second-highest peak in the Catskills, Hunter Mountain offers a 1,600 vertical drop. Last season, Hunter Mountain ran a special college discount week in January, with prices at only $35. While no College Week has yet been announced for the 2012-2013 season, Hunter Mountain does offer season passes for $299, much lower than the cost of most other passes.

Labrador Mountain 

Freestyle boarders will love the amazing terrain park at Labrador Mountain in Truxton, N.Y. With 250 acres of land and everything from rails and boxes to half-pipes, Labrador Mountain is the ideal ski park in central New York. The mountain offers a special discounted college season pass for just $250.

Kendall Hill is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]



  1. You missed Mountain Creek, the entire Poconos, and Campgaw (though no one should ever go there, ever), all of which are closer than any of these places. And if you’re going to consider 4-5 hours close, how about Stratton, Killington, or Okemo?


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