Dec 29 2020 11:12 | Updated Jan 02 2021 04:01
How to Plan Your Ski Trip to the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County
Make the most of your winter with a ski adventure in the Great Northern Catskills. Home to two incredible ski mountains with hundreds of acres of terrain, it’s the perfect place for a ski getaway with family and friends. With new safety protocols this year due to COVID-19, it’s important to plan ahead, as ski mountains and lodging options have new policies. So, get your skis and boards ready, and head to the mountains!
Get Your Ski Tickets in Advance
Tickets at Windham Mountain in Windham will be based on a Red & Green Capacity Calendar. Passholders can go anytime, but on Red Days there will be no tickets for sale in-person—they must be purchased in advance online. On Green Days, you can purchase tickets in-person or online—though advanced purchase is recommended. Hunter Mountain in Hunter is implementing a reservation system. For priority access to the mountain, purchase their Epic Pass. A limited number of lift tickets will be available daily—purchases must be made online or through the call center, they will not be available for purchase at the ticket window. All transactions at Hunter Mountain will be cashless.
Wear Your Masks/Face Coverings
Don’t forget your scarves, neck warmers, and masks this ski season. Both Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain are requiring that masks or face coverings must be worn on chairlifts, indoor spaces, and outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible.
Practice Social Distancing
Social distancing—we’re all experts at this now, so be mindful of those around you! With capacity restrictions on lifts, Windham Mountain will be loading parties that travel to Windham together, otherwise, capacity will be restricted to four people per six-passenger, two per quad or one per triple or double chair. At Hunter Mountain, only related parties or two singles (on either side of the chairlift) will be seated together to maintain physical distancing. Social distancing measures will also be in place in all lift lines at both mountains.
Be Ready for the Outdoors
Come prepared to be outside more than you may typically be, as lodges are at 50% occupancy. It’s recommended to use your car as your home base instead of planning to leave boots and items inside the lodge. Since dining will be geared more toward outdoor dining or to-go options, dressing extra warm will be important. Be sure to check out the new outdoor heated benches at Windham Mountain!
Try Local Restaurants
In addition to slopeside dining, explore the towns of Windham and Hunter/Tannersville to experience the local flavor. The Windham Local Public House and Millrock Restaurant offer classic dishes made using locally sourced ingredients. Jagerberg Beer Hall & Alpine Tavern is a go-to spot for beer and German-inspired food in Hunter while Last Chance Antiques and Cheese Café, Maggie’s Krooked Café, and Jessie’s Harvest House are a few must-try places in Tannersville. Check ahead to see if you need to make a reservation.
Choose from slopeside options at Windham Mountain such as Windham Mountain Village or nearby Winwood Inn & Condominiums, and Kaaterskill Mountain Club, or Liftside Village Condos at Hunter Mountain. If you want something near the mountains, but not right there, Albergo Allegria in Windham and Washington Irving Inn in Tannersville provide beautiful places to recharge after a day on the slopes. Confirm COVID-related policies with the property prior to arriving.
Prepare for an unforgettable ski trip filled with fresh snow, thrilling runs, and delicious food. Looking for more seasonal adventures? Visit GreatNorthernCatskills.com and plan your trip today!
Featured Image credit: John Suhar - Hunter Mountain