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Not So Urban Athletics: Snowboarding or Skiing the Catskills

  • Jan 27, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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It's the season for winter sports, let's head up to the Catskills and spend the day Snowboarding or Skiing at Windham Mountain.

The Plan ...

We'll meet in front of the lift ticket sales windows at 9:00 AM. After a quick meet and greet, those that need rental equipment and instructional lessons will make those arrangements. We'll then split up and the experienced riders/skiers will join me as we head up the mountain for a few hours of fun.

At midday, we'll all meet at the lodge for lunch to laugh about how our mornings went and to nurse our bruises. After lunch I'll join the beginners on the slopes for a bit to help them out with their newly learned skills while the others can spend a few more hours exploring the mountain before we call it a day.

Then Important Stuff ...

  • The regular cost for an adult weekend lift ticket at the mountain is $72.00 but special pricing of $39.95 is available for this date through Potter Brothers Ski Shop. The discount lift ticket MUST be purchased either online and mailed to you, or purchased at one of their stores in the upstate NY area -- there is one on the way to Windham if you are driving. If you plan to buy online, do so in enough time for the pass to get to you by mail.
  • Rentals on mountain for skis and snowboards start at $40.00 for the complete package. If you only need to rent certain pieces of gear, prices vary.
  • Group lessons are $34.00 for one hour and forty-five minutes of instruction. If you don't have your own gear, there is a group lesson package for $89.00 that includes everything you need including a lower-mountain lift ticket. The first class is at 10:00 AM and I definitely recommend you take one if you are a beginner or want to brush up on your skills -- the learning curve is reduced dramatically and the fun factor increases with a little bit of professional instruction.
  • Bus operators offer packages that include transportation, lift passes, equipment rentals and lessons, often at a lower combination price. Please visit the tour operator's websites below for details and costs.
  • RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice you have a number of no shows or a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • Rain cancels the meetup.

How To Get There ...

By Bus:

There are numerous companies that operate bus trips to Windham Mountain and have pick up locations in Manhattan and other areas of the city. Trips usually include transportation and lift ticket, but many operators offer packages that also include equipment and lessons.

Click the following tour operators to take a look and see what package best suits you: NYC Ski and Board, Emilio's Ski and Snowboard, Blades NYC, Island Ski Tours, and New York Mountain Tours.

After you plan your trip, make a comment under your RSVP to let others know so you can have a little company for the ride.


From Exit 21 on I-87/New York State Thruway, Windham is 23 miles on state highway Route 23 (which is a well-maintained route all year round).

If you plan to drive and are willing to carpool, please post in your RSVP where you are leaving from and how many people you can carry. If you'd like to carpool with someone please post your request and where you are located. Please don't wait to be offered a ride, BE PROACTIVE and contact any drivers directly to work out transportation details. As a courtesy, passengers should pick up tolls and gas.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am getting the Urban Sherpa bus from Times Square (accessed through Kevin's "NYC Ski and Board" link above), in case anyone wants to join me (although on the way there I will mostly be sleeping!)

    December 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      i'm on the 6.30, yes. See you there!

      January 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, me too! See you then!!

      January 23, 2013

  • Silvia

    Thanks so much Yvonne!! I'm a newby to skying so hope have some partners in crime :)

    January 18, 2013

    • Ivonne

      Sure, you have... me...I'm kind of new too!!! but i don't mind falling down... Anyway, just sent you an email with the route...

      January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!! I'm also buying the Urban Sherpa beginner ski package. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    January 19, 2013

  • Glenda

    Thanks Ivonne, it's going to be a fun day!! Keep me posted about the details. Can't wait to meet you both. Cheers

    January 19, 2013

  • Ivonne

    The car is now full.. We are ready to have fun!!! Taking Glenda and Silvia from this group

    January 18, 2013

  • Ivonne

    Hello Guys. I have 2 spots available in the car... I'm coming from Queens and i can pick up people in Queens or Manhattan. Let me know if you still need a ride. We'll figure out the logistics

    January 16, 2013

    • Glenda

      Hey Ivonne, I'd live to fill the second spot in the car with you and Silvia if that's okay. I live in manhattan. Cheers

      January 18, 2013

  • Glenda

    Hey Ivonne, I'd love to fill the second spot in the car with you and Silvia if that's okay. I live in Manhattan. Cheers

    January 18, 2013

  • Silvia

    Hi Yvonne, great news because i do need a ride. I'm in Manhattan; just let me know best spot to meet you. Thanks!!

    January 17, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Hi, I live in the Upper West Side - willing to pay for transportation $$ to anyone driving and willing to pick me up?

    January 7, 2013

  • Samadhi

    I have zero experience with skiing but i've alway's wanted to learn. I live in the Bronx and can meet for carpooling. If anyone can accomodate I will happily share transportation costs.

    January 5, 2013

  • Heather

    I'll need a ride, too!

    December 22, 2012

  • nathan

    Hi Everyone, any chance someone is carpooling? I live in Morningside Height, Manhattan. I'm happy to meet you anywhere in the city for a ride. Any help would be great. Thanks!

    December 7, 2012

  • Dee D.

    Boooooo. Already have plans but have a great time on the slopes.

    December 7, 2012

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