Yes, it’s freezing in NYC and despite a projected warmer patch mid week no one says the cold is giving up yet. So what to do, stay home, rug up to the eyeballs or go out there and have fun. Yup, freezing weather with lots of ice and snow presents lots of opportunities for slipping, sliding, climbing and generally revelling in the stuff.
CLIMBING FROZEN WATERFALLS
There aren’t any frozen waterfalls right in NYC but with a short train ride you’re in the Catskills which offer trails suitable for everyone from a raw beginner to a seasoned and experienced climber. There are a number of companies that offer guided experiences and who will also outfit you completely if you just want to try it out. Contact Mountain Skills Climbing Guides, High Xposure Adventure and Alpine Endeavors
Everyone has great fun sledding from littlies to grandparents and of course it is dead easy so sledding is easily the most popular snow sport apart from snowball fights. Cheap plastic sleds are easily available and NYC obliges with a number of hills to slide down with good choices in all 5 boroughs. Here’s a great list of places in NYC you can go sledding Time Out’s List Of Great Sledding Places in NYC
New York City has famed ice skating rinks like the Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park but there are rinks are all over the place. It’s easy to hire skates and there’s a lot of skating rinks open late in the evening. Skating at night with a view over Manhattan or other parts of NYC is just terrific. If you are a complete beginner you will need someone to hlel you learn how to get your balance and move along but it is a great family activity because everyone can help each other. For a good list of skating rinks in NYC go here, Time Out’s List Of Skating Rinks For Families
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
The trick here is getting up at 4.00am. That’s right, that’s the time that you need to board the SNOW BUS in NYC so you can get to the snowfields and get in a day’s skiing. The Snow Bus has pick up spots in Brooklyn, Union Square and the Upper West Side. It will cost you $130 for the day but the bus is super comfortable, and the price includes rental of equipment and lift tickets. Go to Snow Bus NYC to get all details. Of course to pop off for a day of skiing or snowboarding you need to have some skills to start with, the Snow Bus trip isn’t for beginners. But it is worth ringing the snow fields where the bus goes and asking about beginner classes because there might some on the days the bus goes up there.