There are plenty of opportunities to stay active during the colder months—and have fun while you’re at it. From the childlike glee of snow tubing to the intense thrill of skiing, there are winter activities for every level of daringness.
Like sledding, snow tubing gives you a fun ride with little to no exertion. Just push off and hold on tight as the snowy hill becomes your winter waterslide. This low-key workout a great activity for kids (and adults!) of all ages. Most family-friendly ski resorts offer snow tubing and provide all the equipment you need, plus a lift so you don’t have to walk up the hill. To get in on the fun, head to Hunter Mountain in Tannersville, Mount Peter Ski Area in Warwick, Sawkill Family Ski Center in Kingston, or Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury.
Snowshoeing: It’s your winter hike, and you can take it at your own pace. Buy or rent snowshoes at local outfitters like Rock & Snow in New Paltz, Kenco Outfitters in Kingston, Hunter Mountain Outfitters in Tannersville, and Steiner’s Sports in Hudson. Then, scout out a public trail that has the level of difficulty and scenery that suits you, like Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, and Saratoga Spa State Park, and snowshoe away.
Whether you’re going for a romantic evening with a lover or a fun day with family and friends, ice skating is always a good option. Even when not outdoors, ice skating rinks are kept cold enough that you should always bring your hats, scarves, and mittens. Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie offers public skating and skate rentals at its McCann Ice Arena, as well as skating lessons for kids, teens, and adults. Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties also rents out skates and has allotted public skating times. For the outdoor ice skating experience, head to Mohonk Mountain House or Bear Mountain Ice Rink. Beautiful views included.
And finally, the big one: skiing. The Catskills offer some of the best skiing in the Tristate Area, with over a dozen ski areas and resorts to choose from. If you’re already a pro, great! Head to Hunter Mountain for the toughest double black diamond trails. If you’re still learning, most resorts offer group and private lessons, such as Windham Mountain Resort in Windham, Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount, and Catamount Ski & Snowboarding Area in Hillsdale.