Cortland, New York
Sherman Cahal /Shutterstock Ideal for a weekend getaway from New York City, Connecticut, or New Jersey, Cortland offers access to four family-friendly mountains, an indoor waterpark, and a walkable downtown for when you’ve had enough of snow and freezing altitudes. Though there’s plenty of cultural options and events on the main drag, it’s really the resorts and slopes that keep families coming back year after year. Regardless if you head to Greek Peak, Labrador, Song or Toggenburg, you can expect manicure slopes and affordable packages throughout the winter season. Book your getaway at Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Ski Resort with a nightly rate starting at $149 for a family of four. In addition to 52 trails of varied terrain, your family can splash their way to memories at the 41,000-square foot Cascades Indoor Water Park with a wave pool, three-story tube slide, body slide, activity pool, and more. Not to mention the skiing and snowboarding options that also feature a 9-lane tubing center for thrill seekers.
Earl D. Walker /Shutterstock This canyon town features views of forested peaks and is the hometown of many skiing and golfing resorts. For when you need to get away from the snow, your family can walk through the historic downtown or enjoy a show at their acclaimed Sheridan Opera House that’s been operating since 1913. As for hotel options, consider a stay at the Dunton Town House, with rates starting at $300 per evening. Though it might be a tad pricey, remember that rates include breakfast, beer and wine, so you’ll save money on at least one meal—and your nightcap. It’s only a few steps from the gondola that takes your cuties up to the nearby mountain resort with dozens of ski trails, too. As an added perk, they also offer complimentary ski storage and boot-drying stations, too. Check out these surprising facts you never knew about snow.