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Ski & Snowshoe in NYC

Ski & Snowshoe in NYC

When snow hits here in New York City our parks become playgrounds for snow sports. 

WHERE TO GO:

XC Ski Tracks in Central Park by Harlem resident Joe S.

XC Ski Tracks in Central Park by Harlem resident Joe S.

Central Park

As long as there's at least 6 inches of snow cross country skiing is allowed meaning you can follow the bridal paths, snowshoe around Sheeps Meadow or explore the other 840+ acres in the middle of Manhattan.  For those without snowshoes, Traverse Outfitters will deliver them to your door. 

Riverside Park

Riverside is a XC skiers paradise with a loop that extends the length of the park and is frequented by skiers on snowy days. 

Palisades Interstate Park

Though not technically in New York City it's pretty darn close and offers quieter paths and stunning views. They even have designated cross-country skiing paths and designated 1 to 2 mile loops: 

Prospect Park

With Gear to Go Outfitters situated on the west side of Prospect Park, snowshoeing is a very easy option for anyone in Brooklyn. Grab a set and head in to explore the trails and the Great Lawn for gentle ups and downs for the beginner snowshoer.

Dan McSwiggen, a regular runner along Greenbelt trails, switches to skis when necessary

Dan McSwiggen, a regular runner along Greenbelt trails, switches to skis when necessary

Staten Island Greenbelt

Staten Island remains the greenest borough of them all with miles and miles of trails along the Greenbelt. While all of the Greenbelts multi-use trails are open to skiers and snowshoers the La Tourette Golf Course is our recommendation for open terrain and rolling hills. 

Van Cortlandt Park

For those with easy access to the 1 and 4 train (assuming the subways are running) Van Cortlandt park has 1000+ acres that, when covered in snow become a winter wonderland to rival any other. 

Tyler Breuer of Smash Surf heads out to surf on a snowy winter day in 2015

Tyler Breuer of Smash Surf heads out to surf on a snowy winter day in 2015

Rockaway Beach

Finally, there's always the option of skiing on the beach... 

Night Hike on the Staten Island Greenbelt

Night Hike on the Staten Island Greenbelt

Winter Hiking at Kent Falls

Winter Hiking at Kent Falls