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Day trip this Sunday from NJ/NYC - Where to go/Anyone want to join?

post #1 of 25
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I'm a Floridian stuck in Jersey City for busy season and it looks like this Sunday will be my last day off until Mid April. I've done the random roaming around NYC before so this year with my free time I was thinking of making a run for the slopes. Luckily, I packed my jacket with me but I don't have gloves or pants. Willing to pick those up at the local Target. A couple of my coworkers up here recommended Tuxedo Ridge which seems like a decent/easy choice. $52 gets me a lift ticket/round trip bus ride. Any other options? I don't have a car but I could rent one, or take a bus/train. Would anyone else want to go?

 

About me:

 

Ski or Snowboard - Though if I am by myself I would probably snowboard

Intermediate-Advanced skiier/snowboarder

post #2 of 25
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A quick search with google maps and liftopia found that these were all pretty close:

 

Camelback

Mountain Creek

Ski Shawnee

Plattekill

Hidden Valley.

 

What do you guys think? I found a NYT article which says shops organize these trips all the time so today if I have time I am going to call around.

post #3 of 25

Tuxedo Ridge is pretty small, and the warm weather will close down their season pretty quickly.   Call Emilio's or Paragon Sports in NY to see if they are running bus trips to Hunter or Windham if you want to ski a bigger mountain. 

Or you could just take the PATH to the A train to 190th St: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnGR18JZ3CA

 

BK


Edited by Bode Klammer - 2/27/13 at 1:46pm
post #4 of 25

I spent more than a decade learning to ride in the NJ area. The Catskills (Hunter, Windham, Belleayre - don't know Plattekill, but it sounds cool) are by far the best daytrip choices in terms of skiing quality. Tuxedo Ridge never even made my radar, so I'm assuming it's a tiny hill. May be worth it for the cheap, easy trip, but those other areas would be better for terrain. 

 

Poconos and Mountain Creek are closer but also smaller. 

post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

I spent more than a decade learning to ride in the NJ area. The Catskills (Hunter, Windham, Belleayre - don't know Plattekill, but it sounds cool) are by far the best daytrip choices in terms of skiing quality. Tuxedo Ridge never even made my radar, so I'm assuming it's a tiny hill. May be worth it for the cheap, easy trip, but those other areas would be better for terrain. 

 

Poconos and Mountain Creek are closer but also smaller. 

 

Thanks! Most of these probably only accessible with a rental car?

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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

Tuxedo Ridge is pretty small, and the warm weather will close down their season pretty quickly.   Call Emilio's or Paragon Sports in NY to see if they are running bus trips to Hunter or Windham if you want to ski a bigger mountain. 

Or you could just take the PATH to the A train to 190th St: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnGR18JZ3CA

 

BK

Noted! I saw old posts about Emilio's, I will definitely give them a call. Pretty funny video too!

post #6 of 25
If you need a bus -> Hunter
If you have a car -> Plattekill
post #7 of 25
Most of the Catskills resorts have bus trips, with Hunter an Windham having the most. Look at their web pages for info. I know that Trailways goes to Belleayre, but it is awful. A local route, with stops, getting you there around 11:00. I prefer Belleayre or Plattekill to ski, but others are partial to Hunter or Windham. B, H, and W are all around a 2.5 hour drive, Plattekill a little farther and is never crowded.

The small, local hills (Tuxedo, Mt Peter, and Thunder Ridge) are fine for kids or for an hour or two, but they are tiny. Like each run is around 40 seconds at just a few hundred vertical feet. Mountain Creek is a zoo. If you've got all day, head to the Catskills. The Poconos in PA have many areas, but they all are smaller than the Catskills and generally crowded. If you can leave the night before and have time, might be worth your while to head to Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks. A world apart from the areas closer to the City. Probably around a 4-5 hour drive. I think they just got snow too. Have fun!
post #8 of 25
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Thanks guys/gals! It looks like I am going to make the bus trip with Emilios to Hunter. For $90 it looks like you get a lift ticket and ride and $30 for a rental.Basically, once I buy some clothes I am in $150 for a ski trip which is much better than anything from Florida! Pretty excited , time to figure out logistics of getting to pickup spot.

post #9 of 25
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Anyone have suggestions for some cheap snow pants?

post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Nevek View Post

Thanks guys/gals! It looks like I am going to make the bus trip with Emilios to Hunter. For $90 it looks like you get a lift ticket and ride and $30 for a rental.Basically, once I buy some clothes I am in $150 for a ski trip which is much better than anything from Florida! Pretty excited , time to figure out logistics of getting to pickup spot.


Where's the pickup spot?

The easy thing is PATH to a taxi, but depending on the pickup spot you might walk or subway from PATH.  Maybe the water taxi if you're going to midtown.

A taxi from Jersey will be >$50 each way.

 

BK

post #11 of 25
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The pickup spot is on the upper east side. Looks like there is a PATH ride that will get me to 33rd and 6th at 5:52, and then I'll probably take the subway to the pickup spot.

 

If you guys see anyone with bright pink gloves, be sure to stop me and say hello. Just put in an order for some clearance items at JC Penny.

 

Bright pink XL gloves -$3

Hanes upper/lower thermals $8 each

 

I had some snow pants in my cart that were marked down to $10 but by the time I checked out they were gone! So I'm searching for snow pants and maybe goggles (might just wear my sunglasses).
 

post #12 of 25
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Just found a set of bright orange pants for $20. Gonna be styling and profiling this weekend!

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by Nevek View Post

The pickup spot is on the upper east side. Looks like there is a PATH ride that will get me to 33rd and 6th at 5:52, and then I'll probably take the subway to the pickup spot.

 


 

I take the PATH to the WTC and walk to Chambers St to get the Lexington when I need to go to the East Side from Jersey City.  I make the whole trip on just 2 trains.

 

BK

post #14 of 25
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Thanks, I just pulled it up on google maps and it looks like that is a much better idea. Says I can take either the 4 or the 5 up from WTC.
 

post #15 of 25
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Thanks, I just checked and it does seem like that is the way to go. Looks like I can take either the 4 or the 5 from WTC.

post #16 of 25
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Just found a set of bright orange pants for $20. Gonna be styling and profiling this weekend!


Oughta go great with ya Jets jersey! 

 

I took the Huntahh bus from Long Island when I lived out that way.  It was hella fun, especially on the way back.  Kinda moving Apres Ski party on wheels for sure!  Not sure they'd still allow that though.  Still beats driving if there is a stop near where you are..

post #17 of 25
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After a little research it looks like using Ovride to Windham seems like a better deal. Better pickup spots for me, better reviews and Windham seems to be less crowded? Anyone agree?
 

post #18 of 25

Hunter may have more steep terrain (though most may not be open), but I think I prefer Windham overall.  Crowds should be about the same at both, I imagine.  If it's a more convenient pickup spot, I wouldn't hesitate. 

post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by ADKS View Post

Hunter may have more steep terrain (though most may not be open), but I think I prefer Windham overall.  Crowds should be about the same at both, I imagine.  If it's a more convenient pickup spot, I wouldn't hesitate. 


Thanks, Windham it is. Pickup spot requires only 1 train instead of 2, way closer and gives me time for breakfast. Prices are identical. Going to go ahead and book and hope I don't have to work and my pink gloves and orange pants get here on time.

 

THANKS EPICSKI FOR PLANNING MY 3RD SKI TRIP!!!!

post #20 of 25

Enjoy!  I would have offered you a ride, but have other commitments this weekend, so no skiing for me.  If your stylin' attire doesn't arrive on time, there are sales to be had at local stores, though probably not as cheap as your pink gloves. 

 

Paragon, on 17th near Union Square is having a winter sale, and I'm sure REI (Houston St.) and EMS (Soho and Upper West) are as well.  For really cheap, you might want to just check Modells Sporting Goods (all over).  My nephew just picked up some snow pants there for next to nothing.  Or Sports Authority.  Old Navy also has some surprisingly good fleece/long underwear, etc. 

 

http://www.paragonsports.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?searchTermScope=4&searchType=2&filterTerm=&orderBy=2&customSearchTerm=Products+On+Sale&maxPrice=&showResultsPage=true&langId=-1&beginIndex=0&customFilter=%2B%28xf_on_sale%3A%28true%29%29&sType=SimpleSearch&metaData=&pageSize=&manufacturer=&resultCatEntryType=&catalogId=10051&pageView=image&searchTerm=&facet=xf_cas_shop%253ASkiing&minPrice=&categoryId=5003544&storeId=10551

post #21 of 25
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BOOKED! Now to finalize Path ride plans and to get gloves pants and goggles.

post #22 of 25
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Wow, good thing I switched at the last second. Contrary to what the Path website/Google says, Exchange place to WTC is now closed on the weekends according to a colleague (an confirmed online). That coulda sucked!

post #23 of 25
I was down there to visit my cousin last winter and we went to windham. It is very close to Hunter mountain but is much less crowded. It is 2 hrs away from the city. Anyplace closer to the city is not worth it, they would have horrible conditions, due to recent rains, and usually they are extremely icy in general. Hope this helps and enjoy your skiing
post #24 of 25
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Reporting back:

 

Transportation: Getting to the pickup was easy, bus was clean and nice, food was good enough, comfortable

Resort: Runs were fun but a little short, some ice in areas but to be expected, lines were short especially since most of the day I was riding solo

People: Met some great people on the bus, hung out with them most of the day, people running the bus were really nice and had a cooler full of beer for us when we got back

Weather: 20-30*, dusting snow the whole time with the sun trying to shine through

 

 

Overall I had an excellent time and was able to get much better in the terrain parks. I would definitely recommend OvrRide for another trip. If I am on this engagement next year I will definitely go again, maybe to VT.

post #25 of 25
Ski stop exit 51 on LIE..... great deals year round.
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Anyone have suggestions for some cheap snow pants?
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