Thunder Ridge

Ski resorts in USA
The Thunder Ridge ski area offers skiing and riding for all ability levels, just an hour north of New York City, New York. Since 1995, the current owners have continued to improve the facilities, including upgrades and overhauls on the snowmaking system.

Getting to the winter venue by driving is simple, with long-distance drivers using Interstate 84 as the main roadway closest to it. From there, drivers can transfer to New York State Highway 22. Visitors flying into New York can use John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, or Newark International airports. Ground transportation, including rentals, are available from these facilities, or ski bums might consider the train.

Nestled Against the Big Apple

With New York City looming just south, one would expect big things from the Thunder Ridge ski area. What it offers is skiing and riding, with amenities kept at a minimum. Its lodge is located in the base area, providing guests with drinks and snacks. A ski shop provides the essentials guests might need to stay warm but forgot to bring, and rental and tuning services are also offered (the latter being crucial for those wanting their equipment working perfectly for racing).

The Thunder Ridge ski area can get away with limited amenities due to the surrounding communities. Several local restaurants offer cuisines ranging from American diner to Thai dishes. Lodging in the area is also varied, from budget-friendly motels to high-end suites. With the Big Apple so close, anything one could need or want is available in the city that never sleeps.

The area around the Thunder Ridge ski area does not see lots of snow. On average, the annual snowfall amounts at the winter venue are under three feet total (33 inches). That requires snowmaking equipment to supplement Mother Nature's reluctance to dump here. The facilities cover over 95-percent of the skiable terrain, allowing the ski area to start sooner and go longer, even if most seasons are truncated compared to winter venues in other parts of the country.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

What drives visitors to the slopes at the Thunder Ridge ski area? It offers skiing and riding close to the city. That makes it a destination for the local "bros" and casual snow fans looking to enjoy the beginner-friendly terrain. Nearly half of the mountain (48-percent of the trails) have green ratings that allow newbies to learn and practice. With a top elevation under 900 feet, the 400-foot vertical offers surprising potentials on Thunder Ridge.

The blue intermediate runs that often dominate ski areas represent only 19-percent of the trails here, leaving roughly 33-percent of the mountain for black diamond ratings that will challenge advanced skills. That also leads to another reason the venue is popular with skiers and riders, which is racing. Those willing to pay can enroll children as young as eight into one of the three Thunder Ridge Racing Teams. The ski schools are popular also, and take advantage of the green rated terrain.

Thunder Ridge also offers skiing at night, which is popular near holidays. Three lifts and four magic carpets service the 21 trails at this venue.

Thunder Ridge Snow forecast

  • Sunday
    0 ft
    9 mph
  • Monday
    0.43 in rain
    8 mph
  • Tuesday
    0 ft
    10 mph

Facts about Thunder Ridge

Number of slopes:30
Easiest Green slopes:40%
Intermediate Blue slopes:40%
Advanced Black slopes:20%
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:0%

Lifts (Total: 6)
Chair lifts:3
Platter lift:3
Lift capacity:  2000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Thunder Ridge Vertical drop
Highest Point: 1270 ft
Vertical drop: 502 ft
Base Point: 768 ft

Country: USA
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