On the whole, New Yorkers are surprisingly good skiers. And not just because, as the networks always show during the city's blizzards, people cross-country ski in Central Park. Remember that New York is also the global capital of high finance, whose practitioners have long embraced skiing, perhaps the most upper-crust sport not played at a country club. As long as Goldman Sachs perseveres, so will Aspen, Deer Valley and St. Moritz. And so will the small hills in the Catskill Mountains and the larger ones in New York's Adirondacks.
Who knew that a short trip up the beautiful Hudson Valley from the country's biggest city would lead to a hugely popular ski area? New Yorkers, that's who. Customers flock to Hunter for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its big vertical drop: 1,600 vertical feet, which is huge for a day ski area. Plus, the Catskill Mountains still give off an apple-cidered, Colonial vibe that inspired Washington Irving to write of Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman.
The biggest, best-known ski resort in northern New York's Adirondack Mountains, Whiteface has hosted ski races in two Olympic Games (in 1932 and 1980). With an uppermost lift terminus of 4,386 feet, Whiteface boasts the highest chair in the East. The ski area spreads across three distinct peaks. It's not only big, but steep, with a wide selection of Intermediate and Advanced terrain that the city's experts devour like a New York slice.