Top 10 Hudson Valley Ski Areas

Catamount Ski Area

Hillsdale, NY and South Egremont, MA

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

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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