Before you pack your winter clothes… Top 5 snowy activities for New Yorkers

You’ve been complaining all winter. Don’t worry. The end is in sight. The sun is shining and temperatures will soon be rising. But in these final few weeks of winter, lets take advantage of the snow – and those $100 designer boots you’ll be packing up soon.

Here’s a list our of favorite snowy activities for New Yorkers:

    1. Go for a hike. Strap on some snowshoes and hit the trails. You’ve probably seen New York State’s “GET OUTTA TOWN” tourism campaign posted inside of subways. Have to admit, we were pretty shocked to learn that New York has over 1000 miles of scenic trails. And many are accessible from the city via public transportation. Here’s a few of New York Post’s favorite trails:

Hike Fahnestock Winter Park
Hike Fahnestock Winter Park
    • Prospect Park: Try the mile-long Lullwater and Peninsula Paths. Difficulty: mild
    • Inwood Hill Park: The last remaining natural forest in Manhattan. Great for birdwatching! Difficulty: Moderate
    • Fahnestock Winter Park: About an hour outside of the city, packed with sections of intense climbing, makes this trek one of the most difficult snowshoe trails in the city. Difficulty: intense
  1. Be a kid again. We miss mornings of waking up to a winter wonderland after a nightlong snowstorm. Remember checking the local news channel, praying to see your school’s name scrolling at the bottom in the list of school closures? Yes, the magnificence of a youth, snow, and no school. What would we do? Go sledding of course! Here are CBS News’ best places to sled near the city:
    • Ewan Park: Nestled in the Bronx, a short walk from the 1 train, Ewan Park is a popular spot with a steep hill dividing Riverdale and Kingsbridge.
    • Cloves Lake Park: If you’re adventurous enough to trek to Staten Island, you’ll love scenic Cloves Lake Park. Especially popular with parents, the sledding hills are stacked with bales of hay at the bottom.
    • Bethpage State Park: We’ve struggled to ever get a tee-time at Bethpage, but when covered with snow, this massive golf course on Long Island is open to the public and home to some of the best sledding in the area.
  2. Skate like Davis and White. If you’re like us, the Olympics have put you in the mood to spin, twirl, and dance. Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s breathtaking performance to become the first Americans to win Olympic ice dancing gold has motivated us to lace up the skates and put our skills (and balance) to the test. Here are the best ice skating rinks in the city:
    • Wolman Rink: Quintessentially NYC, this rink is nestled in Central Park and reminds New Yorkers of the wonders that exist at their fingertips – not to mention all the movies that have been filmed here. Weekend rates: $18/adult; $6/youth
    • Winter Village Rink at Bryant Park: Whether you are looking to skate before going to the office, through the lunch hour, with friends at a party, with a date, or for a spin under the stars, Winter Village is the perfect destination. General admission is free, but be prepared to wait in line.
    • The Standard Plaza: We love this Meatpacking gem. But it’s dangerous. After a few beers at the Standard Biergarten, your confidence will be high. Just remember, you’re not a good skater. Don’t attempt that triple axle. Or single for that matter. Always bring a designated hand holder. Open 12pm-12am.
    • The Rink at Brookfield Place: One of Manhattan’s newest rinks, the Rink at Brookfield Place overlooks the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. It’s usually less crowded, and very kid-friendly. Open 10am-10pm.
  3. Snowtube your heart out. Yes, snowtube. For those of us that like a leisurely ride down a hill, maybe after a few adult beverages, check out some of these snowtube hot spots:
    Snowtubing fun at Tuxedo Ridge
    Snowtubing fun at Tuxedo Ridge
    • Hunter Park: Home of the largest snowtubing park in New York, Hunter Park will please all ages. The Park features up to 18 chutes, each nearly 1,000 feet long, and a new carpet lift to keep our legs fresh. Open Friday-Sunday and two-hour sessions cost $20.
    • Thomas Bull Memorial Park: Don’t confuse this 800-ft former skiing hill with a walk in the park. You can get some serious speed on this baby. And it’s just over an hour outside of the city. $18 for 90 minutes.
    • Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center: With five tubing runs on “Thrill Hill” that are more than 500 feet long, you’ll quickly wish you hadn’t worn your tux. Open Thursday through Sunday, tickets usually range $15-25 for a 90-minute session.
  4. And there’s always skiing… New York ski slopes get a bad rap. But most people don’t know, the Empire state is home to the most ski areas in the entire United States, according to onthesnow.com. From the high peaks of the Adirondacks to the rolling hills of the Catskills, our state offers a plethora of terrains. Here are CBS News’ favorite New York ski destinations:
    • Thunder Ridge Ski Resort: Just an hour outside of the city and refreshingly cheap (hello $50 lift tickets), this resort is a great option for a quick day trip.
    • Hunter Mountain: With renown terrain in the Catskills and over a dozen mountain eateries, you can’t go wrong with Hunter Mountain. $68 lift tickets.
    • Windham Mountain: Nestled in the northern section of the Catskills, Windham has 46 trails and 9 lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads, one from the bottom to top of each peak.
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