Despite the manifold pleasures a New York winter has to offer (the leisurely transport afforded by 2 hour train delays, the healthy glow of wind burnt cheeks, hiding your bike from thieves under a snow bank) there are those strange souls who would choose to abandon the black snowed beauty of New York for the more conventional splendor of loftier geography.
Although we at New York on Tap are at a loss to fathom their motivations, we recognize that a not insignificant portion of our visitors choose to abandon this frigid urban bliss and head to the mountains on winter weekends. Strapping their feet to a board of carbon fiber, aluminum honey comb, Koa wood and/or fiberglass, they hurtle themselves from the top of the nearest mountain. Dodging tress like taxi cabs they skim the razors edge between perverse pleasure and life long disability, they inhale the thin mountain air with a gusto that would lead the casual observer to believe that it were somehow sweeter than our own beloved New York must. And at the bitter end – the relative safety of the bottom of the mountain they queue by the score to ascend again grinning like heroin addicts eager for another fix.
If you’re one of these nuts (you know who you are) this guide is for you. We can’t say we approve or even understand, but we want you to know that we support you anyway. After all NYC is full of weirdoes. We know who butters our bread and we’ll help you get your fix no matter how perverse it is.
Snowboarding for the aspiring junky
Just like with smoking crack and fornicating with hookers being careful and well informed can keep you out of harms way when you’re snowboarding. If you’re a beginner here are some tips to get you started - you'll be turning tricks in no time!
Life is short, don’t waste a day on crowded runs, ice pack, and long lift lines. We’ve put together a list of some of the best mountains around NYC and organized them in a handy little sortable table.
Snowboarding is a sport which like many of its practitioners has yet to reach maturity. Every year major innovations are made to the essential gear, and keeping on top of the cutting edge can be time consuming and expensive. Luckily New York on Tap is hear to help you find the right setup whether you’re just beginning or fully seasoned.
Skiing and Snowboarding trips from New York
As we’ve already made clear, we can’t imagine why anyone would ever want to leave our beloved urban habitat. That said, getting from New York to the nearest mountain can be relatively easy. You’ve just got to have the right connections. Whether you plan on doing a day trip to someplace like Hunter, Windham, or Belleayre or if you plan on heading out to Mt Snow, Okemo, or Stowe for a long weekend, we’ve got plans for the best way to do it.