Did you know that New York state’s oldest skiing mountain is nearly in north New Jersey’s back yard? Mount Peter offers fourteen ski trails ranging from beginner green square to intermediate blue square to advanced black diamond trails just across the border in Warwick, New York. They also have a new snow tubing area and a terrain park.
Rising from the Bellvale Mountain range and part of the New York – New Jersey Highlands, Mount Peter sits just south of New York State Route 17A, 38 miles northwest of New York City. The slopes originally served as a showcase for Macy’s Department Store in 1936 to spotlight their ski fashion, and has been serving the tri-state area since then as one of the few remaining family-owned ski areas in the United States.
The ski area which runs along the northern slope of Mount Peter, features three double chair lifts, 2 carpet lifts, and a handle tow. Snowmaking is done on every trail, assuring superior grooming and conditions.
Mount Peter is open Monday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday from 8:30am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. All trails are available for night skiing.
They offer free beginner ski and snowboard lessons with the purchase of a lift ticket for everyone 5 years or older on weekends at 10:00am until noon, and at 2:00pm. Lessons last one hour and will include an introduction to equipment, basic balance and stance, sliding movements, direction changes and stopping.
They also offer a Pete’s Pal program on weekends and holidays for the little ones, 4 years old or younger. The program allows children to enjoy the Snowbasin Learning Area, ride the Carpet Lift, and learn the basics such as equipment, walking, gliding, balance and other skiing skills in a friendly and relaxed environment. The $90 tuition fee includes equipment, a lift ticket and area pass, and hot chocolate. Reservations for the Pete’s Pal program are strongly recommended.
For more advanced skiers and snowboarders, Mount Peter offers additional private lessons by Professional Ski Instructors of America, and American Association of Snowboard Instructors.
Mount Peter’s nationally recognized ski race program is run by Director Robert Gallo, who was named 2013 USSA Alpine Coach of the Year. The racing program caters to all levels of young skiers, starting with the “Dynamites” program for 6 to 10 year-old intermediate skiers. “The Dev. Team” is the second level of training, designed for 7 to 11 year-old intermediate to expert skiers who are considering taking their game to the next level and competing in the NJSRA Youth Ski League. The “Advanced Dev. Team” is geared for ski racing athletes aged 7 to 8 who plan on competing as a U10 ski race athlete. Next is the “USSA Full Race Program” which offers various levels including U10, U12, and U14 athletes, who meet on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Older athletes in U16, U19 and U21 also meet on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The highest level of training is the “High School Crossovers” program, whose participants train with current U16-U21 USSA racers. They meet on Saturdays and Sundays through the beginning of March. Coaching and representation for USSA events are also available to athletes at an additional charge.
The official address for Mount Peter – Skiing – Snowboarding – and Tubing is 51 Old Mt. Peter Road, Warwick, NY, 10990. Their telephone number is (845) 986-4940. Information is also available on their website at: mtpeter.com
Pete’s Closet gift shop offers a variety of items to keep you warm including hats, gloves, helmets, goggles, and handwarmers, as well as Mount Peter t-shirts and sweatshirts. They also offer full service ski and snowboard tuning, grinding and waxing services. And their rental shop near the main lodge can provide you with skis or snowboards, boots, poles, and helmets.
If your day on the slopes is done, or if you just need a break, you can slide on over to the main lodge which includes a cafeteria and Pete’s Pub. Pete’s Pub features plenty of craft beers and drinks, and live music on weekends. Their 2017 schedule includes:
Jan. 21 – Sat. 4-7pm – The Still Thumpers (Teddy Hiller and Tom Cassano, Bluegrass)
Jan. 22 – Sun. 2-5pm – Shoehorn Duo (Tony Vee & Michael Fossa, Classic Rock, Blues, Folk)
Jan. 28 – Sat. 4-7pm – Hidden Rivers (Mike and Christy Hickey, Classic & Contemporary rock)
Feb. 4 – Sat. 4-7pm – Jeremy Langdale Duo
Feb. 5 – Sun. 2-5pm – Purcell and Bendy Duo
Feb. 11 – Sat. 4-7pm – BIGmoore (Jesse Moore & Accompaniment, Classic Rock)
Feb. 18 – Sat. 4-7pm – Hidden Rivers
Feb. 19 – Sun. 2-5pm – A Slice of Bacon (Rich Krasco & Eric Mitchell of Jamband Unexplained Bacon)
Feb. 25 – Sat. 4-7pm – Cliff Street Trio
Maybe you are a family with youngsters looking to get introduced to the joys of skiing. Or you are a casual skier who just enjoys being on the slopes, or an advanced skier looking for more of a challenge. Perhaps you are a snowboarder looking to grind it out in the terrain park. Or heck, maybe you are a non-skier who just enjoys snow and wants to plop your butt in a tube and let gravity do all the work, Mount Peter Skiing – Snowboarding – and Tubing has what you need. And even if you have no interest in the snow at all and would sit and enjoy a beer or two with live music over the weekend, Mount Peter has that for you too.
By Frederick Doot