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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

could someone name a few places that are relatively cheap, close by new york city/convenient to reach by public transportation, and would be a nice and good place to ski?

post #2 of 30

Okee dokee, this has been covered a million times, but since we are currently operating at less than half of full capacity due to recent "improvements" I will once again address this query.

 

First off, are we talking about beginners or what?


Edited by Richie-Rich - Wed, 04 Feb 09 01:55:12 GMT
post #3 of 30

I have heard good things about these guys but I have not used them personally, yet.  Now that the wife is working outside the city (using the car) and I ain't got no job (damn that Bernie Madoff!) I intend to learn more about their operation shortly... 

post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 

i had a feeling, sorry about the post. i had a hard time using the search function.

 

yes, i am a beginner. skied three times. thank you for willing to address it again.

post #5 of 30

Convenient to reach by public trans? Probably none.  However, I'd suggest looking into trips that Paragon sports near Union Square has.  They usually run buses to Hunter and many other places for a good price.

I guess Princeton ski shops is out of business eh?

 

ok, here you go, trips to Okemo,  Stratton, Mt. Snow, Hunter and even whistler/blackcomb!

70-90 $. 

Realize that if you just show up at a ticket window at Stratton it's 89$ !  There's no "public" trans that's going to get there any cheaper that I know of.  Would love to be wrong though...

Panda Sports is in Brooklyn, Bay Ridge area I believe.  Give them a call, it's a small store unlike Paragon, but they know a lot more.

http://www.pandasportdirect.com/customerservice.php

 

check out the link for the trips. Those might leave from Queens.:

http://www.emiliosskishop.com/panda_sports.htm


Edited by Tog - Wed, 04 Feb 09 02:15:38 GMT
post #6 of 30

There are two very very close ski areas that are also very cheap.  I am not sure about public transportation to them but you cannot get closer nor cheaper, they are ideal for learning to ski, as they are not crowded and this season the conditions are great with lots of snow, the current storm we are having should make this weekend wonderful.  They both have night skiing and midweek prices are ridiculously cheap ($15- $20). 

 

They are:

 

Mount Peter

Tuxedo Ridge

 

Both are about 45 minutes from Manhattan

 

 


 



Edited by Richie-Rich - Wed, 04 Feb 09 02:20:29 GMT
post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

 

They are:

 

Mount Peter

Tuxedo Ridge

Alright, these are added to my list of places I want to ski.  Any of them have nice views on clear nights/days?

post #8 of 30

Tuxedo Ridge used to be Stirling Forest no?!

That's the very first place I ever skied!! (total disaster the first time but got better) Used to just go straight down.

 

I just looked  up Tuxedo Ridge.

Good God Man !! it's 35 miles from the GW Bridge!!

skiing 2pm - 10pm for 20$ midweek!!

Now you just need someone with a car!

 

God we should have a party there!!!


Edited by Tog - Wed, 04 Feb 09 02:26:22 GMT
post #9 of 30

Garret,

Unfortunately no....it would be great if you could see the Manhattan skyline!!!  But then they would probably charge triple.


Edited by Richie-Rich - Wed, 04 Feb 09 02:19:00 GMT
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

Tuxedo Ridge used to be Stirling Forest no?!

That's the very first place I ever skied!! (total disaster the first time but got better) Used to just go straight down.

 

Yes, and that was my first place too!

post #11 of 30

Oh My God!!

Richie-Rich and I had the same girlfriend!!!

post #12 of 30

 

 

I'm just about to give up responding to this thread. I tried to quote but couldn't. But when I hit reply (without quote), it quoted a random post each time!!!

 

But anyway, there IS a ski hill that's accessible by public transport. Thunder Ridge.

 

(Only on weekends though)

 

http://mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_thunderridge.htm

 

It's $50 which INCLUDES train ticket out and back.

 


Edited by at_nyc - Wed, 04 Feb 09 05:13:23 GMT


Edited by at_nyc - Wed, 04 Feb 09 05:58:03 GMT
post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

God we should have a party there!!!


Edited by Tog - Wed, 04 Feb 09 02:26:22 GMT

Do it this year, make it a tradition, and I'll be there next season. :)

post #14 of 30

Good writeup of local "feeder" hills around NYC, in this past weekend's NY Times:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/nyregion/connecticut/01Rskicover.html?ref=connecticut

 

 

post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by ts01 View Post

Good writeup of local "feeder" hills around NYC, in this past weekend's NY Times:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/nyregion/connecticut/01Rskicover.html?ref=connecticut

 

 


 

Pretty interesting about Mt. Peter and Mohawk Mt.

post #16 of 30

Here's another public transport option: there's a ski bus to Belleayre from NYC Port Authority. 

 

Info here: http://www.belleayre.com/winter/skibus.htm

and here: http://www.belleayre.com/winter/skibus.htm

 

A little further ride than Mt Peter / Tux Ridge etc., but a much bigger hill, yet still quite beginner friendly.  Belleayre has a separate beginner area and lodge, and there are long green runs from the upper mountain area as well.

post #17 of 30
Thread Starter 

all are great suggestions, thanks!

 

right now i'm leaning towards, mt.peter and tuxedo ridge. although neither have any public transportation. i'll see if i can get someone to drive. if not... i guess it's between belleayre, mt.mohawk (heck of a name), and thunder ridge. my question is, which is least crowded?

post #18 of 30

Hey, there is public trans to Mountain Creek which is about 40 miles outside the city.  Mountain Creek is much bigger than Mt Peter and Tuxedo Ridge - it has three peakes with decent terrain.

www.mountaincreek.com

post #19 of 30

Mt. Creek is one of the ski world's worst ski experiences.   Crowded, crowded, crowded, infested with snow boarders in all thier high speed, blind sided wickedness.  Not a good place for a beginner. 

post #20 of 30
Thread Starter 

okay i got a friend to drive. it is decided that we will be going to tuxedo ridge this following monday.

 

does anyone have recommendations on who i should request as an instructor? any tips? would it be possible for me to get a private lesson for the price of a group(which happened to me the last time i went skiing) lesson, if i get there as soon as it opens? and i wonder why it opens so late... 12PM.

post #21 of 30
Thread Starter 

we are actually going to reconsider going to tuxedo ridge now due to rate changes. the midweek price was  supposed to be $20, but now rather $40, because of presidents week.

 

we will be going this following monday. and i would greatly appreciate any last minute recommendations. i got a friend to drive, but he just recently got his driver license any never drove anywhere far. so i don't want for him to drive anywhere too far. some place close, like tuxedo ridge would be great.

 

a good terrain, decently populated, friendly people and good rates. in other words the perfect place for beginners. again, i would really value any suggestions.

post #22 of 30

Mt. Peter is TINY with very little vertical. But may be a good choice for a relative beginner.

 

I agree with others about Mountain Creek. Really crowded on the blues and greens. I went there once, midweek, a few years ago after a nice snowfall. All the kids were out of school for a "snow day" and it was crowded and quickly tracked out. The harder terrain was closed. Even though it was only 90 min from manhattan, but decided it wasn't worth it.

 

 

post #23 of 30

A friend of mine, went to the winter fest a few weeks ago, and was told by tuxedo ridge -   i thik the owner - that if you call them 24 hours in advance, theyll pick you up at the train station - for FREE!!! 

post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by nyskier82 View Post

 

A friend of mine, went to the winter fest a few weeks ago, and was told by tuxedo ridge -   i thik the owner - that if you call them 24 hours in advance, theyll pick you up at the train station - for FREE!!! 

 

Thats pretty awsome....like the golden years of skiing.

post #25 of 30

Here is my opinion of some resorts mentioned here:

 

Belleayre - Funky trail / mountain setup.  Perfect for beginners or experts only as it has little blue runs.  Also a bit far for a quick day trip.  Lodges are really really cramped and crowded.

 

Camelback - Easy 1.5 hour drive from NYC. Has terrain for all levels.  Easy parking and really wide lodge.  Demo selection is good.  Not too crowded resort.

 

Mountaincreeeeek - Will avoid like the plague.  Been there all of three times in the last five years and never had a nice experience.  Too crowded, too many boarders, too many teenagers, kids were traumatized.  Friend broke her nose and jaw after being hit by a 16 YO boarder.  Ski Patrol friend got hit in the back by another boarder.

 

Mt. Peter - too small but OK for a quick day-trip.

 

Mohawk - bit too far from NYC and lodge is too small.

 

These are my opinions only...

post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Cyclist View Post

 

Here is my opinion of some resorts mentioned here:

 

Belleayre - Funky trail / mountain setup.  Perfect for beginners or experts only as it has little blue runs.  Also a bit far for a quick day trip.  Lodges are really really cramped and crowded.

 

Camelback - Easy 1.5 hour drive from NYC. Has terrain for all levels.  Easy parking and really wide lodge.  Demo selection is good.  Not too crowded resort.

 

These are my opinions only...

Comparing Belleayre to Camelback, and giving Camelback the nod, is like giving Storm King the nod over Jackson Hole. Belleayre is not the most challenging in the Catskills, but it is more challenging than anything in the Poconos and has double the vertical drop of Camelback. Being further north, it generally has much better snow also, and usually less crowded.
 

You must have caught Camelback on a realllly good day, and Belleayre on a bad one. Try them both again....

post #27 of 30

I know the Camel fairly well and been skiing there a long time. Been there a good 10 times this year alone and it has its good and bad days. Kids love it for whatever it gives them (7 and 10 yo girls).  Been to Belleayre once this year and we made the mistake of arriving late as the drive from NYC was a tad long.  Couldn't find parking up top so ended up parking in the lower lodge which was cramped and crowded.  Lower slopes were too green for the girls so we tried to get to the upper slopes to get to the blue trail but but the only chair that could take us there was having problems and didn't run the whole morning. Shuttle was the only solution and there was a 45 minute wait to get on the shuttles.  Everyone, his wife and kids were on line. 

 

You're probably right.  Perhaps it was a bad day in Belleayre.  Will give it another shot this year and try to be early.  But that means we have to get out of NYC by 5 AM.  Tough on the girls that early.

 

 

post #28 of 30

I'm moving to NYC and will have no car- do you know if it's possible to get here by public transit?  Or if there are any sports clubs/businesses that provide group trips there?

 

Thanks!

post #29 of 30
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kristinajw View Post

I'm moving to NYC and will have no car- do you know if it's possible to get here by public transit?  Or if there are any sports clubs/businesses that provide group trips there?

 

Thanks!

 

Check out -


http://www.paragonsports.com/

 

and a few that are listed in the first few posts.

post #30 of 30
There are no "resorts" near NYC.

Plenty of icy bumps to mess around on, but it doesn't matter if you fly or drive it's 4 hours minimum to anything more then that.
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