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We don't know anywhere they groom a ski track in the city, but there are some nice places to go and make your own track -- or hope somebody else made one before you.


Central Park

Feb-06: saw a report on ManhattanNordicSC of nice skiing on the bridle paths in Central Park.

We've seen other reports in previous years saying that the bridle paths are the best skiing in Central Park.

Half mile or less from nearest subway station (BMT west side).

Feb-06: checked some websites:

(? but I'm not sure how much of this remains effectively skiable for how long after the end the last snowfall -- like once the runners hit the Reservoir loop ?).

  • cross-country skiing page on Central Park Conservancy said skiing is permitted only if there is at least 6 inches of snow. Suggests skiing in the Sheeps Meadow or Great Lawn.

north tip

see photos of Sharon + Ken skiing around the north end of Manhattan.

from IRT 145th St subway station, we walked west to Riverbank state park, then down stairs to the ground at a level close to the Hudson River. We skied north alongside the river, under the GWB, then a very steep climb, then ski alongside Henry Hudson parkway. Took skis off to go down to Dyckman St, west to the river. Thru some ball fields, took skis off to take some stairs up and over the train tracks. Then climbed north thru Inwood Park, east under the Henry Hudson Bridge, then steep downhill. East around the cove to finish at 218th St near Broadway.

About 5 miles of skiing.  IRT 145th St subway station is about 0.3 mile from the start.  IRT 215th St station is less than half mile from the finish

see photos of Ken skiing from the south tip to the north tip of Manhattan.


Jan-06: Heard that Declan skied at the Van Cortlandt Park golf course (9 holes). Moshulu golf course (9 holes) is nearby and I sorta remember Declan saying he skied on that one also.

IRT 242nd St subway station is about half mile or less away from the skiing.

Dec-05: Ken skied on the Pelham and Split Rock golf courses -- 18 holes each connected by a brief walk under the train tracks. That seemed like a big area for a solid half-day of skiing. Nice skiing terrain, trees, gentle-to-moderate hills, but no actual views of Pelham Bay.

No subway stations anywhere nearby.

see photos of Ken skiing the Old Put abandoned railroad line from the Harlem River thru Van Cortlandt Park and on north into Yonkers.


2004: Ken skied in Prospect Park.  The big northern meadow seemed best, with some gentle-to-moderate hills.

about a half mile from the Grand Army Plaza subway station.  (? about a mile of skiing around the northern meadow ?)

Feb-06: saw on NYC Parks horseback riding page that there's a 3.5 mile bridle path in Prospect Park, but I have no idea if that's skiable.


Feb-06: saw a report on ManhattanNordicSC that Astoria Park was nice for skiing.

about a mile of walking from the nearest subway station.  (? about a mile of skiing ?)

Staten Island

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