Top 10 Hudson Valley Ski Areas

Mount Peter

Warwick
845-986-4940; www.mtpeter.com

Vital Stats:
# of trails: 15
# of lifts: 5
Skiable acres: 55
Longest run: 3,960 feet
Vertical drop: 500 feet
Full-day adult weekend lift ticket: $45
Best deal: During the day on Tuesdays

Terrain Parks:
1, newly explanded this year, includes jibs and rails

Amenities:
Free beginner ski and snowboard lessons, western-style tavern, racing programs for kids, two lodges, outside grill, night skiing

Opened by Macy’s department store in 1936 for a winter fashion shoot, this family run establishment is the oldest operating ski area in New York State. Still, Mt. Peter knows how to keep up with the times, constantly upgrading its learning area, opening new trails, and spiffing up its lifts. This has long been the go-to hill for many area families; now, Long Islanders, Jerseyites, and savvy city slickers have discovered it too. Little ones line up on holidays and weekends to meet Sweet Pete, a mascot bear who hands out treats; and on December 21, Santa slides down the slopes, too. The expansive views of the Warwick Valley — the ski area is just feet off of the Appalachian Trail — just adds to the overall appeal. While the famous free beginner lessons (available with purchase of lift ticket on weekends and holidays) are a steal, the midweek learn to ski packages ain’t bad either, with rentals, lessons, and lift ticket for around $55 for adults. The food is pretty good too: house-made soups, grilled burgers, and hot dogs for the kids. On weekends, don’t miss the homemade Belgian waffles, served with choices of fresh fruit, maple syrup, and even hot fudge.

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Skiers prepare to take on the trails at Plattekill

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