The holiday season is a time for families to celebrate. Christmas is one of the biggest days of the year, as there will likely be plenty of fun and food to go around. If you are looking to make the holiday season extra special, consider a winter getaway. There are plenty of places around New York where you can enjoy great snowboarding, skiing, and sledding.

Mohonk Mountain House

This luxurious mountain resort has served the public for over 100 years. Many US Presidents have stayed at The Mohonk Mountain House, and the unique scenery makes the resort stand out from its peers. The Mohonk Mountain House has a Victorian Castle and is surrounded by thousands of yards of natural land. There are over 20 miles of skiing trails, along with a snow tubing hill. The Mohonk Mountain House features the Pavilion; an open air facility with an ice rink.

Hunter Mountain

Hunter Mountain regularly updates their ski and snowboarding trails every few days, so there is always something new to try. The Explorers Program features an hour long tour of the slopes, which is given by some of Hunter Mountain instructors. Be sure to try one of the many chutes, as well as The Mini Tubing Park for children. If you choose to zip line, you’ll be able to get a wonderful view of The Northern Catskills.

Bear Mountain State Park

The Bear Mountain State Park is located along the Hudson River. You’ll be able to enjoy cross country skiing. The Bear Mountain State Park is also home to The Trailside Museums and zoo. Visitors will be welcomed into a unique world of nature and geology. Some of the animals you’ll be able to view include; black bears, red foxes, and multiple reptiles.

Rocking Horse Ranch

At Rocking Horse Ranch, you can enjoy horseback riding and sleigh rides. There is also an indoor water park and a mini-golf area. Be sure to hop on The Magic Carpet conveyor. Children will enjoy the Fun Barn, which features large Nerf cannons, climbing walls, and cool scavenger hunts. The Rocking Horse Ranch also has plenty of great food, featuring an all you can eat breakfast and a build a burger station for lunch.

Fahnestock Winter Park

The Fahnestock Winter Park is located in Hudson Valley at The Clarence Fahnestock State Park. You can rent skis, sledding tubes, and other snow gear before enjoying yourself on the trails.