Winter has the shivers as well as the fun. Be sure to check out some of the winter sports with your little ones before spring comes. We will list some ice-skating, snow-tubing, and skiing resorts below for your reference. (Your ideas and recommendations are welcome too).
If you’re new to skating, your ice skates should be a half size smaller than your shoe size. For the little ones, it is always a good idea to wear waterproof gloves/mittens, snow-pants, and a helmet.
Ice-skating in Manhattan
If you would like to have the New York City skyline as your backdrop like in the movies, there are several ice-skating rinks in Manhattan.
1. Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Where: Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd St. & 5th and 6th Ave.
When: October 26, 2012 through March 3, 2013. Open Sunday through Thursday from 8:00am until 10:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am until midnight.
Fee: Ice skate rentals are $14 and skating lessons are also available.
2. Rockefeller Center Ice-Skating Rink
Where: Rockefeller Center between 47th and 50th St. & 5th and 7th Ave., lower concourse.
When: November 9, 2012 through April 2013.
Fee: Admission prices vary by time of year, day of the week, and time of day.
3. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Where: Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 23rd Street & the Hudson River
When: The rink is open year-round and open to the public for general skating
Fee: Admission is $13.50 per person and skate rental is $5 per person.
4. Wollman Rink in Central Park
Where: Central Park near entrance at Central Park South (59th St.) and 6th Ave.
When: Open October 24, 2012 through April 2013
Fee: Admission for adults is $11.00 during the week (Monday through Thursday) and $17.00 on the weekends. Kids under 11 skate for $6.00 during the week and on the weekend. Skate rentals are $7.00.
5. Lasker Rink in Central Park
Where: Central Park, mid-Park between 106th and 108th Streets
When: Open mid-October through early April
Fee: Admission is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for youths, and $2.25 for seniors.
6. Standard Hotel Ice Rink
Where: Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street at West 13th Street
When: The ice skating rink is open from November 20 through the winter
Admission is $12 per person and skate rental is $3 for adults and $6 admission and $3 skate rental for kids.
Ice-skating in Westchester
In Westchester, there are also a few nice ice-skating facilities. Some of them offer lessons for kids.
1. Westchester Skate Academy
Where: 91 Fairview Park Drive, Elmsford
When: All year long. Check their website for monthly schedule for public skating.
Fee: The cost: $10.75 for adults, $9.75 for kids 10 and under and $6.25 for kids 3 and under plus skate rental of $4.25. A variety of kids classes are also offered at this location.
2.Ebersole Ice Rink
Where: 110 Lake Street, White Plains
When: All year long. Check their website for monthly schedule for public skating
Fee: kids $9, adults $11, seniors $8 with reduced prices for residents with ID
3. Murray Skating Center
Where: 348 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers
Fee: $7, $4 skate rental.
4. Brewster Ice Arena
Where: 63 Fields Lane, Brewster (North Salem border); 845-279-2229
Fee: kids (under 12) $5, adults $7, seniors $5, skate rentals $3, walker rental $2
5. Hommocks Park Ice Rink
Where: Located at Boston Post Road and Weaver Street in Larchmont, (behind Hommocks Middle School); 914-834-1069
Fee: Adults $8, children (under 12) $7, skate rental $4, plus discounts for residents.
6. There are several Westchester County’s parks that provide outdoor ice skating
Blue Mountain Reservation: Welcher Avenue, Peekskill; 914-862-5275
Mountain Lakes Park: Hawley Road, North Salem, 914-864-7312
Tibbetts Brook Park: Midland Avenue, Yonkers; 914-231-2865
Wampus Pond: Route 128, Armonk; 914-273-3230
Willson’s Woods: East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon; 914-813-6990
Unlike skiing, snow tubing requires no skill or special gear. All you need is a tube, a hill, and snow. Once you choose a snow-tubing resort, be sure to call ahead to confirm the details. Below are some Snow-tubing locations in NY and NJ:
1. Campgaw Mountain - Mahwah (200 Campgaw Road)
This tiny ski resort offers eight tubing runs with two lifts so kids can ride their tubes back up instead of walking.
2. Mountain Creek – Vernon (200 Route 94)
The Drop Zone at Mountain Creek is one of the largest tubing parks in our area, with 30 chutes for zooming down the mountain. Tubers must be at least 5-years-old and 42-inches tall to hit the hills.
3. Tuxedo Ridge at Sterling Forest – Tuxedo (581 Route 17A West)
Tuxedo Ridge offers five tubing runs and lift service. All tubers must be at least 42-inches tall.
4. Holiday Mountain Ski Area – Monticello (99 Holiday Mountain Road).
This tiny Catskill's ski resort offers one lane of tubing in the afternoons. Children must be at least 44-inches tall.
5. Sawkill Family Ski Center – Kingston (167 Hill Road)
This modest, family-owned, no-frills ski resort recently added snow tubing to its offerings. A great place for beginners, and you can opt for one-, two- or three-hour sessions
1. Thunder Ridge Ski Area
Thunder Ridge offers 30 trails, 3 chairlifts, and 4 ‘magic carpets’ for both beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders
Where: 137 Birch Hill Road, Patterson, NY; 845-878-4100 (35 minutes’ drive from White Plains)
Fee: Full weekend day adult lift tickets are $50, $37 for juniors (ages 6-12), and $12 for ages 5 and under
2. Catamount Ski Area
Catamount has 34 trails over more than 130 skiable acres. Catamount’s children’s programs (ages 4 to 12) are a great way for your kids to learn things like ski-safety and on-slope etiquette. Full day classes are $110, half day are $75 and rental equipment is $25 extra.
Where: State Highway 23, Hillsdale, NY; 518-325-3200
Fee: Weekend lift tickets are $62 for adults, $51 for juniors (ages 7-13), and $27 for children 12 and under.
3. Mohawk Mountain
Mohawk Mountain is set on 350 scenic acres of state forest, with 25 trails and 7 lifts. Their Children’s Programs are designed for ages 5-13 (prices range from $43 to $95).
Where: 46 Great Hollow Road, Cornwall, CT; 860-672-6100 (about 90 minute drive from Westchester)
Fee: Lift tickets are $58 for adults on weekends and holidays, $50 for juniors (ages 6 to 15), and $15 for children 5 and under.
4. Windham Mountain Resort
New for the 2013-2014 season is the Whisper Run Beginner Area: two acres of new beginner terrain and two surface lifts.
Where: 19 Resort Drive, Windham, NY; 518-734-4300
Fee: Weekend day tickets go for $58 for adults 18+, $49 for young adults (ages 13-17), $41 for juniors (ages 7-12) and $10 for children six and under.
5. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Jiminy Peak’s Kids Rule Mountain Camp is a great daily program for children ages 3-14 that will teach the basics of skiing and snowboarding. It includes a full day of instruction (half day for 3-year olds), cocoa breaks, lunch and a lift ticket. Jiminy also has a Cubs Den for children 6 months and older.
Where: 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA; 800-882-8859.
Fee: A one day non-holiday adult lift ticket is $67, $59 for young adults (ages 13-18), $50 for juniors (12 and under), and children five and under are free at the lower mountain.