Here is where you'll find the most snowmaking within a 200-mile radius of Central Park. There are 49 total trails, five terrain parks, plus tubing and an ice rink, all in the quaint town of Windham. Through a partnership with REI, beginners can take advantage of a lift ticket, beginner lesson, rental and bus transportation to and from the mountain.
Day rates: Weekdays/nonholidays: Adults: $52, young adults (13-17): $45, juniors: $37
Weekends/holidays: Adults: $72, young adults (13-17): $65, juniors: $58
Deals: During the mountain's College Week (Jan. 7-11), Windham is offering $25 lift tickets for students with valid ID.
Whiteface Lake Placid
The Adirondacks are host to Whiteface Lake Placid -- the highest ski mountain in the east (4,867 feet), featuring the greatest vertical drop in the east (3,430 feet). Of the 86 trails comprising 283 acres, you can ski the very ones that racers did during the 1980 Olympics -- and because nearby Lake Placid still has its sports and ski jumping complexes intact, you can check those out as well (or use your afternoon to go tubing or ice skating). Take a breather from the slopes at Lake Placid's cozy eateries and outlet shops, and before you leave the city do a lap around the frozen Mirror Lake in a dogsled.
Day rates: Adults: $84, teens/seniors: $69, junior: $55, 70+: $38
Deals: Buy two days of skiing and two days of lodging and get the third day and night free. Fourth and fifth day/night free packages are also available. On Wednesdays, present any unopened Coca-Cola product at the Whiteface ticket office and get a lift ticket for $42.
Ski West Mountain
Forty-five minutes north of Albany, Ski West Mountain has 40 trails and a six-lane snow tubing park -- one chute is 1,000 feet long with a 100-foot vertical drop. Just stopping by? A two-hour ticket is $27.
Day rates: Weekdays/ nonholidays (eight hours): Adults/teens: $42, youth/college/military : $37, seniors: $20, 70+: $5
Weekends/holidays (eight hours): Adults: $52, teens/youth: $32, college/military:?$49, seniors: $39, 70+: $5
Deals: The Learn to Ski 3 package for newbie skiers gets you three lessons, three equipment rentals and three lift tickets for $99. In January, the deal drops to just $25.
The most terrain in New York State is at Gore, which has four summits and trails facing north, east and south. Ski Magazine recently voted it a top 10 in the east for value, lifts and overall satisfaction.
Day rates: Monday-Wednesday, nonholiday: Adults: $59, teens/seniors: $49, juniors: $35
Thursday-Sunday, nonholiday: Adults: $75, teens/seniors: $59, juniors: $40
Deals: January 7-13's Take Your Kids to Gore Week means that sons and daughters 19 and under ski, ride and tube for free with a full-paid parent. Like Whiteface, Gore Mountain also participates in the Wednesday Coca-Cola promotion.