For those people living or vacationing in the Albany area, the question is not one of where to ski, it's one of how far do I feel like driving today?
Albany has several mountain ranges and ski centers nearby, perfect for a day or an evening out on the slopes.
From as close as twenty minutes to as far as three hours, some of the best ski slopes in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont are within reach. The Adirondacks, Catskills and Green Mountains are all close to the Capital Region and provide a winter playground perfect for downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding.
Below is a sample of downhill ski centers in the Capital Region, all just a short drive from Albany NY.
Snowboarding & Ski Resorts In the Capital Region & Nearby
Ready to hit the slopes? There are plenty of ski resorts near Albany where you can downhill ski or snowboard, as well as enjoy cross-country ski trails. Don't ski? Many also offer fun tubing centers that are perfect for families and non-skiers. Relax in a ski lodge by the warmth of a crackling fire -- many of the larger ski resorts offer full-service bars, restaurants and live entertainment!
In addition to local favorites, you can take an easy drive south to the Catskills, north to the Adirondacks, east to Massachussets or Vermont and enjoy a day, or a weekend of great skiing. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, if you live in Albany, you are always just a drive away from a mountain where you can enjoy the powderery slopes.
Check out the list below for more information on each of the area's ski resorts!
West Mountain is conveniently located only 3 miles off exit 18 off I-87, 40 minutes north of Albany, NY. With stunning views of the Hudson River and Adirondacks, West Mountain is the perfect setting for your families' winter outing!
McCauley Mt. is BIG skiing in a small package. Challenge enough to spawn two Olympic skiers, yet friendly enough to be "New York's Best Family Mountain". Featuring easier trails from the summit, as well as steep bumps to feed skiers and snowboarders.
Beautiful Burden Lake Country Club in Averill Park offers family, individual, junior and senior memberships as well as daily rates. Club restaurant offers relaxation, great food, and can accommodate all of your entertainment needs!
Gore Mountain is a premier family ski resort in upstate New York, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. We provide more skiable acres than any other mountain in the state, and with 2,300 feet of vertical, we offer plenty of cruisers, steeps & glades.
Located in the Adirondack High Peaks, stunning Whiteface Mountain was ranked #1 in the Eastern US for three years running by SKI Magazine, and boasting the largest vertical drop in the East at 3,430 feet. There are 73 trails, 10 lifts and over 215 sk
Located in Kingston, NY, Sawkill Ski Center is just a quick drive from Albany! Sawkill was designed specifically for snowboarders, beginner skiers and snow tubers. Ski and snowboard instructions, rentals and a ski shop are also on the premesis.
Slightly farther away from the Capital Region lies Hunter Mountain, with 240 acres of trails and a variety of terrain to challenge all levels. This big mountain offers all the normal ski resort amenities, including lessons, rentals, tubing, lodging,
Venture southwest of Albany for Catskills skiing or snowboarding! There are 35 trails in all - from beginner cruising trails all the way up to double black diamonds with 1,100 feet of continuous vertical drop. The family-run Plattekill Mountain also
Head south of Albany to Windham Mountain, offering a large variety of trails from easier ones to challenge the rookies, to extremely difficult to challenge the expert. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, a tubing hill offers fourteen lanes and th
Go skiing, snowboarding or enjoy other winter fun at Stratton Mountain. Located in Bondville, VT, about 2 hours northeast of Albany, Stratton is known for its highest peak in Southern Vermont and world-class terrain park.
Dive 2 hours southwest of Albany NY to Orange County this winter for skiing in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Family operated Mount Peter, the oldest operating ski area in the state, is known for its free beginner ski and snowboard school.