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The Catskills lie a convenient 90 miles up a well-plowed thruway from New York City, but the heavy influx of weekenders and tourists pauses post-foliage and traffic to this year-round destination in winter ebbs and flows with the snow report. Ski resorts sprinkled among the forested mountains draw visitors formerly attracted to outdoor arts and village strolling. Outdoors lovers looking for a trail less traveled head for backcountry Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in protected areas such as the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park and Catskill Forest Preserve. Seasonal shifts are seen as owners of historic inns and B&B's tuck hot water ...

The Catskills lie a convenient 90 miles up a well-plowed thruway from New York City, but the heavy influx of weekenders and tourists pauses post-foliage and traffic to this year-round destination in winter ebbs and flows with the snow report. Ski resorts sprinkled among the forested mountains draw visitors formerly attracted to outdoor arts and village strolling. Outdoors lovers looking for a trail less traveled head for backcountry Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in protected areas such as the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park and Catskill Forest Preserve. Seasonal shifts are seen as owners of historic inns and B&B's tuck hot water bottles under antique quilts, snowshoers trek along one of the many mountain streams once inhabited by flyfishermen, farmers' markets selling the local fare give way to organic grocers, bakers and butchers — quick with a stew or artisan bread recipe — and Rip van Winkle's famed rolling mountains transform into the perfect sled hill. Winter slows the flow of tourists to this region, but those who arrive revel in the beauty of the Catskills' wild, winter wonderland.

Sascha Zuger
About the Expert

Sascha Zuger is the author of the New York State Moon Handbook, the travel novel Girl Overboard (under the pseudonym Aimee Ferris), and is a freelancer for publications such as National Geographic Traveler, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late December through early March, mid-November for Bronck Museum event, holidays for Mohonk and Woodstock festivities