35 miles (56 km) of trails which they groom for skiing. That's big,
and it feels even bigger, because most of thost trails go to distinctive
places, with really different views along the way. (Also
because the number is not inflated like some other ski places do by
counting the same trail segment multiple times if it's on different
Trails wide enough for good skating as well as classic striding.
Rental skis for classic striding. (No skating
skis available for rent in the 2005-06 season -- can rent those at a
in the village of New Paltz on the way driving from the NY Thruway up to
Lessons in cross country skiing.
Note that to rent skis or to take lessons, you will probably
want to park up closer to the Hotel which is near the ski shop -- but
the usual main parking area for day visitors is down at the Gatehouse,
which is definitely not near the ski shop. See below for
more on Parking. Sometimes in
winter it is possible to make arrangements to park up closer to the
Hotel, especially on weekdays. But on weekends the parking in closer to
the hotel could get crowded, so I would call in advance to find out what
the arrangements (shuttle van?) might be.
Mohonk is in Ulster County, NY -- a few miles west from New Paltz
on Mountain Rest Road -- see Driving Map.
GPS: approx lat/long = 41.77878,-74.13521 =
directions: From New Paltz (exit 18 on the NY Thruway), go West on Main Street / Route
299. Just after the crossing the bridge over the Wallkill River,
turn Right onto Springtown Road / Ulster County Route 7 and go
about 0.5 mile. Turn Left (West) onto Mountain Rest Rd / Ulster County Route
6 and go 3.4 miles: climb up a little hill, then up a very big hill.
entrance Gatehouse to Mohonk Mountain House is on the Left at the very top of
this hill, just before the road goes underneath a little bridge. [
Driving Map ]
Last time we checked there were several options with might have
different prices for skiing which might depend on things like: eating a
meal at the hotel, or being an overnight guest at the hotel, or being a
member of the Mohonk Preserve, or where you want to park. We're not
going to keep track of that sort of stuff on this web page, so best to
call the Ski shop at Mohonk Mountain House (after checking the
parking and start points
Gatehouse parking -- The normal parking place for single-day visitors
(who are not hotel guests) is next to the entrance Gatehouse on
Mountain Rest Rd. But the ski shop with rental skis and lessons, and the prettiest ski routes,
are not near this parking lot -- they're up by the hotel and Lake
We found there are toilets and a small heated room
in the back of the Gatehouse.
If it is important for you to start at the Ski
shop for your skiing or rental skis or lessons, and you are a
single-day visitor, I suggest to call in advance about arrangements
for how to get up there without starting your skiing from the
? Late afternoon ? - Note: We have
heard that often the Gatehouse attendants will not sell ski passes
after 2:30 in the afternoon. Call ahead if this
possibility is a concern for you. If not permitted to ski from the
Gatehouse parking, could try the Mohonk Preserve parking areas --
see discussion below.
Hotel parking -- In past years, we found that sometimes (more likely
on weekdays?) the Gatehouse attendant permitted single-day visitors to
drive in to a parking lot closer to the hotel and Lake -- though it's
still an uphill hike from that parking lot to the ski shop, which is on
the other side of the hotel.
A simple way (not inexpensive) to avoid these
concerns is to be a guest at the hotel. In previous years it was
sometimes possible to be a "meal guest" (like for breakfast
or lunch) without
staying there overnight.
If it is important for park in closer to hotel,
and you are a single-day visitor, call in advance about possible
arrangements and prices, especially for a weekend day.
Ski route to the Lake and ski shop: There is also a ski route
from the Gatehouse up to Lake Mohonk and the ski shop. It requires handling some
steeper hills than on most of the other ski routes. There is a
brief section where you have to take your skis off and walk on the
Bonticou and golf course ski routes can be reached by crossing the
little bridge over Mountain Rest Rd, north from the Gatehouse -- no need
for any shuttle bus to ski those.
Full -- when the Gatehouse parking lot is full, you can also try some
of the Mohonk Preserve
parking lots and trailheads: Spring Farm Rd parking is off
Mountain Rest Rd down the hill west from the Gatehouse. Hiking trails
(not groomed for skiing)
from there connect with the Bonticou and golf course ski routes -- by
way of a substantial hill. Trapps parking is off Route 44.
Trails from there connect with Rhododendron Bridge. See Mohonk
Preserve skiing. Requires a lot more climbing and/or a lot more
distance from these parking lots to the prettiest views.
Rental skis + lessons -- If someone needs equipment rentals or a
beginner lesson before they start skiing, try to park up by the
hotel area or take a shuttle van from the gatehouse parking up to
closer to the ski shop. If you're a single-day visitor, best to call
in advance to find out what the arrangements might be.
Those who want to get to the prettiest trails with the least
work, try to park up to the hotel area or take the shuttle in (often
not available in ski season).
Athletic skiers who can safely manage downhills and have all
their own ski equipment usually park at the Gatehouse and start
skiing from there.
Those who want to ski the Bonticou area and have all their own
ski equipment usually park at the Gatehouse -- or sometimes at
Spring Farm Rd (but that requires skiing up and down a substantial
Prettiest trails with the least work: from the ski shop,
we would usually take people
around Lake Mohonk to
Visible rewarding achievement:
Ski up to Skytop tower and back.
Gentle trail with easy access: Bonticou Rd north from the
Gatehouse parking, then turn around and come back when encounter any
significant downhill or uphill.
Gentle trail from the ski shop and hotel: Lake Shore
Drive. (The drawbacks are that you have to first get
up there to the start of the trail, and that sometimes non-skiing
hotel guests walk on it and leave deep footprints. We feel
it's still worth it).
Long beautiful loop for athletic skiers:
big south loop to Rhododendron Bridge.
Hilly workout with easy access: Guyot Hill, north from the
Gatehouse (or from Spring Farm parking).
Steepest hill-climb: Old Minnewaska Rd climbing up from
Skiing when there's no snow elsewhere: north side of Guyot