Skiing#2 in Best Things To Do in The Finger Lakes
During the winter season, which runs from December through March, the Finger Lakes region is a destination for both downhill and cross-country skiers. The two major year-round resorts, Bristol Mountain and Greek Peak, offer a variety of winter sports from downhill skiing and snowboarding to snow tubing and snowshoeing.
Bristol Mountain boasts the highest vertical rise between the Rockies and the Adirondacks and recent visitors complimented the nice layout and great fall line skiing, as well as the separate beginner slope with its own dedicated chair lift. Greek Peak Mountain Resort near Cortland features both day and night skiing. Families who visited recently loved the convenience of on-site childcare and multiple options for dining, plus many were impressed with the ski school. Although both large resorts offer cross-country terrain, many locals and recent visitors love the unspoiled and less crowded trails in state parks like the Finger Lakes National Forest or the Cummings Nature Center.
The ski season runs from December through March. Opening hours, lift tickets and ski packages vary by ski area. See each individual website for schedules, trail maps, ski and stay packages and additional details.
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#1 Skaneateles Lake
Located about 23 miles southwest of Syracuse, Skaneateles Lake is the sixth-largest of the Finger Lakes. The name means "long lake" in the Iroquois language and indeed, the 16-mile-long lake crosses three counties: Onandaga, Cayuga and Cortland. The historic Skaneateles Village dates back to the Revolutionary War and is filled with local shops, restaurants, inns and bed-and-breakfasts. The sparkling, clear lake is a favorite for boating and fishing.
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