Get Out and Explore Ulster County: Enjoy these winter activities this season

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While enjoying time by the fire and catching up with family this holiday season, it’s often hard to think about getting out into the cold while cozied up inside. Since Ulster County is known for its outdoor activities, the winter is an amazing time to explore the area, and enjoy all the winter sports that are available to take part in right here in Ulster County. It also is a fun way to get out and exercise after indulging in all the wonderful holiday treats! Take advantage while you are enjoying time off, and see Ulster County in all its winter wonderland beauty. 

If you love hitting the slopes, Belleayre Mountain in Highmount is a fun day out to enjoy skiing and snowboarding with friends and family. Ranked by SnowEast Reader Survey as the ‘overall favorite of eastern ski resorts’, enjoy 50 trails, glades and parks with terrain ranging from beginner to the seasoned pro. Bellearye is also ranked the No. 1 resort in New York for best trail grooming and snow. It’s group and kid friendly, so why not get out and enjoy the best ski resort in New York, that’s right in Ulster County? 

If cross country skiing and snowshoeing are more your speed, Ulster County offers incredible areas to enjoy the landscape and views. The Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville has 35 kilometers of groomed cross country skiing & hiking trails in the heart of the Catskills, perfect for exploring the area on a bluebird day. Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New Paltz is another great option if you want to cruise through the Shawangunk Mountains. Mohonk Mountain Resort also offers 35 miles of groomed cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails right in New Paltz. 

For the dare- devil, there are several opportunities to go on guided ice climbing adventures this winter. Alpine Endeavors in Rosendale offers professional instruction and custom guided trips for rock and ice climbing. They also offer mountaineering and snow -shoeing guided trips through the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. Mountain Skills Climbing Guides in New Paltz are another company based out of New Paltz that can help you get your adrenaline fix, offering guided rock and ice climbing trips. Both companies guides are AMGA- certified, and cater to all levels and abilities. 

For something a little bit more relaxed and low key than indulging in winter sports and climbing, there are several other ways to enjoy Ulster County’s beauty in the winter. Catskill Country Walks in Woodstock has beautiful walking and hiking trails that incorporate learning more about the natural history and ecology of the Catskills. Want to take part in a full moon hike? Forsyth’s Nature Center’s Guided Programs in Kingston have full moon hikes, bird watching and even maple sugaring! They offer a great program of activities for all to learn more and explore the beauty of the area. 

While it may be chilly outside, Ulster County always has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what season. It’s an incredibly beautiful area, and perfect for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits year round. Thinking of making the move? Ulster County Board of REALTORS®  is here to help, so contact us today and get you matched up with a REALTOR® to help guide you through the process easily, so you can get back to what is important to you, exploring the outdoors.


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