New York State is a winter wonderland without equal. No matter what it is you
want to do, if you can do it on ice or snow, you can do it in New York!
Often referred to as a winter "Mecca", Lake Placid, located in New York's majestic Adirondack Mountains, is a total mountain resort. Home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics, the area offers every winter sport imaginable. For the past 12 years Lake Placid has been ranked number one in North America for off-hill activities by Ski Magazine.
For the "total" Lake Placid experience, New York State's Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) offers an Olympic Sites Passport. The Passport is a great way to explore Lake Placid's treasures for one low price. The Winter Passport includes: * One unforgettable bobsled ride;
* A cross country day pass at Mount Van Hovenberg - a cross country skiers dream;
* Admission to the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, including the skydeck observation area atop the 120-meter tower;
* Admission to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Museum;
* Three-time admission to public skating in the 1932 arena or the Shefield Speed Skating Oval.
Whiteface Mountain, a mere five minutes from Lake Placid, boasts the highest
vertical drop in the east - a dizzying 3430 feet. With 67 trails, ranging from
beginner slopes to fiercely challenging terrain and a new half-pipe, Whiteface
accommodates skiers and riders of all levels. When the skis are off, the charming
resort town of Lake Placid offers plenty to do. Stroll along Main Street and
visit the great shops, outlets and pubs. And after a dazzling day on the slopes,
of bumps, jumps, twists and turns, don't forget to relax at the Luxurious Mirror
Lake Inn Spa or dine at Nicola's Above Main Street.
New York State's ski areas offer special packages, promotions, activities and lodging information. This winter you don't have to travel far for the perfect vacation or adventure, explore all of New York's winter playgrounds.
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This winter you don't have to travel far to experience the perfect vacation
or adventure. Explore the breathtaking Catskill Mountains, located just two
hours north of New York City.
Should you head for the Catskills think about staying at the four star Albergo Alegria B & B, voted "Inn of the Year" in the 2000 Lanier Guide. The innkeepers at the 1892 Victorian mansion pamper their guests in 21 exquisitely decorated rooms all with goose down comforters. The carriage house suites have private entrances, whirlpools, gas log fireplaces and an authentic Swedish sauna. History meets indulgence at the historic Washington Irving Lodge, a stones throw from Hunter and the meticulously renovated Fairlawn Inn down on Main Street. The Villa Vosilla entertains lavishly with live shows, a huge indoor spa with pool, exercise room, sauna, steam room, four stone fireplaces...the list goes on and on, as do the options all over this charming region.
If you're looking to hit the slopes, Hunter Mountain, justly nicknamed "The Snowmaking Capitol of the World", boasts 53 trails for skiing or riding. The mountain also features snowshoeing trails and a snow tubing park. Hunter is currently finishing a $7 million expansion project, which includes a new 32,000 square foot Learning Center for their ski and ride programs. In addition, Hunter is doubling of the size of their Terrain Park and adding a Border-Cross course.
Ski Windham, also located in the Catskill Mountains, in the picturesque town of Windham, prides itself on its superb service and hospitality. The ski school at Windham is ranked among the best in the country. The mountain offers 34 trials for skiers of all levels, as well as skiing and snow tubing under the lights. The mountain offers plenty of excitement for the entire family.
Off-slope luxury appears before your eyes in the many fine restaurants, theaters, museums, antique shops and boutiques. Near Hunter Mountain and Cortina Valley, the towns of Tannersville and Hunter are alive with nightlife as skiers meet and mingle at the slopes and pubs. The hardest decision you will have to make will be whether to venture outside for fun or to savor every moment at the relaxing retreats.
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