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The crisp fall air is quickly being replaced with a brisk chill. In fact, in the morning, when you step outside in New York City, you’d swear you could smell the snow on its way. And that means it’s time to plan a winter ski vacation.
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Of course, this year, you’re likely not going too far. After all, it is the 2020/21 season, which, for many, means airplanes are out and road trips are in. But that doesn’t have to dampen your ski spirit, because there is more than enough excellent skiing near NYC—winter destinations within driving distance of the city abound in the Northeast. Here are eight mountains to check out this winter that are just a hop, skip, and a few perfect ski turns away.
Hunter Mountain: Catskills, New York
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(Drive time: 2 ½ hours)
Located just two-and-a-half hours from the city, Hunter Mountain will satisfy skiers and riders of all skill levels. With 320 skiable acres and a summit elevation of 3,200 feet, it’s a place where everyone can find a little slice of mountain paradise. This season, Hunter Mountain, part of Vail Resorts, is on Epic Pass and will take part in the Epic Pass reservation system, meaning passholders will get priority access to reservations.
Mountain Creek: Vernon, New Jersey