Rates for Skiing Day Trips

I had a tremendously unproductive day and some girl-drama this afternoon, so I’m grouchy.

I figured that I’d blow off posting today. But then, instead, I  decided to share my notes as I checked out lift ticket prices. We’re thinking about skiing this Sunday. This listing is pretty self-serving. It isn’t  particularly helpful for those of you who are interested in half days (we’re early birds) or who’ll need to rent skis (we’ve got them already), because I was just too lazy to take notes on those.

But it is a reminder that there are plenty of of places nearby to ski. I took this list from the one that’s on the list of links and the newer Embrace Winter page. Actually, that list includes information on places with tubing, adaptive skiing, and night skiing.

Alas, it’s also a reminder that this is a freakishly expensive sport. What were we thinking, getting the girls all gung-ho?

For the rates, I list full-day tickets, and when prices vary based on the calendar, the first number is the holiday price, and the second number is for mid-week, non-holiday price. The times listed after the location are the approximate drive-times from my place near Schenectady, according to Google Maps. Finally, the bold number is what it would cost for my family to go skiing for a day this weekend. So if your family happens to be composed of 2 adults, an 8-year-old, and a six-year-old, you’re in luck! Yay, you!

Belleayre Mountain Highmount, NY – 1¼ hours $184

  • adult: $54/$45
  • youth: 6-12 $38/$35
  • $25 lift tickets on non-holiday Fridays.

Butternut Great Barrington, MA- 1¼ hours $195

  • adult: $60/$25
  • youth: 7-13 $50/$20
  • 6 and under: $25/$15

Catamount Hillsdale, NY – 1¼ hours $191

  • adult: $59/$27
  • junior: 7-13 $48/$27
  • child: $25/$10

Gore Mountain North Creek, northwest of Lake George – 1½ hours $198

  • adult: $77/$66
  • juniors: 7-12 $44/$37
  • 6 and under: free

Jiminy Peak Hancock, MA – 1 hour $192 or if lower mountain means bunny slope only, $216

  • adult: $65/$59
  • junior 12 and under: $43/$40
  • 6 and under, lower mountain only: $19/$19

Maple Ski Ridge Rotterdam – ¼ hour $120

  • all: $30/$20 + one-time purchase of $5 “sweet pass”

Otis Ridge Otis, MA – 1½ hours $90

  • adult or junior: $30/$20
  • beginner area only: $10/$10
  • 6 and under: free

Royal Mountain Ski Area Caroga Lake – 1¼ hours $120

  • adult: $35 any day
  • 6-12: $25 any day
  • 5 and under: free

Sawkill Family Ski Center Kingston – 1¼ hours–seems like it’s only open weekends & holidays $146

  • adult: $40
  • 12 and under: $33

Ski Bousquet Pittsfield, MA – 1½ hours $148

  • all: $37/$20

West Mountain Queensbury, near Glens Falls – 1 hour $120

  • adult & teen: $52/$42
  • youth 7-12: $41/$42
  • 6 and under: not mentioned-free I hope?
  • family plan for weekends/holidays: first 3 members $120, each additional $32
  • lower mountain all ages for weekends/holidays: $32

Willard Mountain Greenwich, east of Saratoga – 1 hour $144

  • adult: $38
  • junior 12 and under: $34

Windham Mountain Windham, west of Hudson – 1½ hours $200

  • adult: $68/$48
  • youth 7-12: $54/$34
  • 6 and under: $10/$10

3 Comments

  1. jo anne assini

    truly awful. Even maple!! I say: go west. great place, lot of trails and only (“only”!) $120.

  2. Ellen

    I second West Mountain. It’s cheap, it’s easy-access (right off the Northway, not a lot of slow surface roads like some of the other places), and unlike the Catskills, no NYC crowds. And probably the most vertical for your dollar, too.

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