I Ski NY Bus to Bring Visitors to Upstate New York Mountains during 2014 – 2015 Season

There are more than 50 different ski resorts in New York State, and the state has raised awareness of winter tourism with its I Ski NY campaign.  Winter’s not quite over yet – the current blizzard hitting Western NY is a testament to that – but we’re already looking ahead to the 2014-2015 I Ski NY Season.  Recently, New York’s Governor Cuomo announced the launch of an I Ski NY bus line connecting New York City and Toronto to nearly 20 upstate ski mountains for the 2014-2015 winter ski season.  Continue reading for more details on the I Ski NY transportation.

NY Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of "I Ski NY" for 2014-2015 Ski Season

From the New York State Tourism Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo attended the 2014 Adirondack Winter Challenge, snowmobiling on Kushaqua Trail in Lake Placid.  The Governor announced the launch of the ‘I Ski NY’ Bus, a new, dedicated bus line to 13 Upstate ski mountains from New York City and Toronto to begin service for the 2014-2015 winter ski season.

“New York is home to some of the best winter resorts in the world, and with more operating ski areas than any other state in the nation, the region is the perfect winter getaway,” Governor Cuomo said.  “With some of the best ski slopes, snowmobiling tracks, hiking trails, and scenic views, we want New Yorkers to know they should stay in New York and all out-of-state visitors to feel welcome to partake in all that Upstate has to offer.”

“Winter tourism is big business in New York State and the I Ski NY Bus will make it even easier to enjoy some of the nation’s best winter recreational activities and attractions,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams.

2014-2015 ‘I Ski NY’ Bus Service

The State will launch an I Ski NY Bus to entice and bring visitors to Upstate ski areas from New York City and Toronto, Canada.  Currently, only two mountains — Hunter and Windham Mountains — are consistently serviced through bus transportation out of New York City.  Both of those mountains have established relationships with New York City tour operators to bring busloads of skiers and snowboarders Upstate on weekday and weekend trips.  Click here for our report on a day at Windham Mountain Resort.

Windham Mountain Ski Resort, NY

Windham Mountain Ski Resort, NY

 

An expanded bus service will help New York’s many ski areas be more competitive by making it easier and more affordable for New Yorkers and visitors to travel.  Under this new plan, the State will provide bus service to 13 different mountains from New York City.  Additionally, when the established New York City tour operators are not going to Hunter or Windham, the I Ski NY Bus will make the trip.  The plan also includes a secondary market from Toronto to expose Western New York ski areas to the same transportation opportunity.

Trips from New York City will be offered to 13 different mountains:

  • In the Hudson Valley/Adirondacks/Catskills regions: Thunder Ridge, Belleayre, Plattekill, Hunter, Windham, West, Gore, Whiteface and Catamount Mountains
  • In the Central New York region: Greek Peak, Toggenburg, Labrador and Song Mountains

[Click here for the first in a series of articles on Greek Peak’s Mountains of Fun Program.]

Trips from Toronto will be offered to six mountains:

  • In Western New York: Bristol, Holiday Valley, Titus, Kissing Bridge, Peek n Peak and Swain Mountains.
Greek Peak - Hercules

Image courtesy Greek Peak

 

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.