Top 10 Hudson Valley Ski Areas

Catamount Ski Area

Hillsdale, NY and South Egremont, MA
518-325-3200; www.catamountski.com

Vital Stats:
# of trails: 35
# of lifts: 6 (1 quad, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 2 wonder carpets)
Skiable acres: 132
Vertical drop: 1,000 feet
Longest run: 2.5 miles
Full-day adult weekend lift ticket: $63
Best deals: $20 e-ticket Mondays

Terrain Parks:
1, includes jumps, jibs, an 800-foot boardercross, and a separate “panther park” for beginners

Amenities:
Night skiing, racing and freestyle teams, Scout programs, two lodges, ski shop, tavern, cafeteria, childcare

One of only three ski spots in the whole country that straddles two states, Catamount — which sits on the border of New York and Massachusetts — also has one of the steepest trails in the Northeast (the double black diamond trail is aptly named Catapult). This unique, mid-sized mountain, which first opened in 1939, has delighted generations of downhill devotees with its laid back, retro charm (and somewhat retro prices). It’s also ridiculously easy to get to: It’s only 15 minutes from the Taconic State Parkway. But everything is changing this season, when a long-awaited posh hotel (as well as ski-in, ski-out vacation condos that are available for purchase) finally opens just feet from the slopes. Yep, our little 70s style ski area is transforming into a resort right in front of our eyes. Also new this year: Fisher Fluke, a meandering blue square trail. And while we’re not yet sure what new eateries will accompany the accommodations, for now, we’ll still head across the street to the old-fashioned Swiss Hutte to dip our bread in their famous fondue and think about it all.

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