Skiing and Snowmobiling in New York State
New York State has many wonderful opportunities to get outside and enjoy activities during the cold months of the year, such as skiing , both downhill and cross-country, and snowmobiling. Find great winter hikes across the state.
Cross-country skiing affords the opportunity
to get out and experience the outdoors in a
Cross-country skiing is a great way to stay in shape and to see some of the most beautiful scenery found in New York State. There are a number of trails, for both the novice and intermediate cross-country skier, within DEC managed forests. Skiers are advised to use caution when crossing roads used by automobiles.
There are dozens of excellent downhill ski and snowboard resorts in New York. See the "I Love New York" website for suggestions and the latest ski reports.
There are more than 10,300 miles of trails within
the New York State Trail System.
Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting sport enjoyed by many New Yorkers each year. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) administers the New York State Trail System, which offers more than 10,300 miles of trails. The NYS Snowmobilers Guide and other reference materials are available on the OPRHP website (see link to OPRHP in the right column of this page).
Marked snowmobile trails are also available within the Adirondack Forest Preserve and the Catskill Forest Preserve. Typically, these trails traverse hilly terrain and connect small communities and area attractions, offering a unique outdoor experience.
All snowmobiles operating in New York State must be registered with the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles, even if they are registered in other states or province. For detailed information regarding snowmobile registration, contact the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (see link to the Department of Motor Vehicles in the right column of this page).
More about Snow Sports:
- Skiing - Cross-country ski trails found in the western Adirondacks and Tug Hill Plateau.
- Snowmobiling - DEC policies for snowmobile use