Celebrate the Snow!

Our favorite S-words: sledding, skating, snowboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing! The great thing about the winter is even if you don’t have an athletic bone in your body, you can participate in any and all of these winter activities and there will be people falling all over the place with you! So where, oh where, can you get your snow on?

If you’re in a New York skate of mind, clearly you know all about the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, arguably the world’s most famous rink, which offers a gorgeous backdrop courtesy of the tree, but the line is really long and ice time may seem cramped.

That’s why there are others:

Central Park is home to two rinks: Wollman and Lasker. Lasker Rink is the more affordable of the two, but nothing beats the view and feeling you get skating at Wollman Rink. It does get crowded on the weekends, so try to make it during an off-peak time.

The Pond at Bryant Park, Manhattan’s first and only free admission ice skating rink, but don’t be fooled—skate rentals set you back $14. Don’t want to wait? Check out the FastPass and reserve a time for your skating!

The Standard Ice Rink in the Meatpacking District is one of the newer (and more chic) skate spots and offers a 3,000 square foot venue with snacks like crepes, soups, and seasonal drinks.

Open year-round, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is an indoor option for those who hate the cold, but make sure to check the website for dates and times, as hockey and figure skating lessons and camps sometimes take the ice time.

In Westchester, if you’re looking for some indoor skating, the Playland Ice Casino can give you that…and a whole lot more. Either play it safe at public skating sessions or get down at Party Night on Fridays with on-ice contests and giveaways and Saturday Night Grooves, where you can represent your generation as you listen to your favorite music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today.

The Westchester Skating Academy has public sessions, as well as figure skating and hockey clinics for those of you looking to add some slapshots and subtract some toe picks.

Brewster Ice Arena has not one, not two, but three ice skating rinks where you can take to the ice for public sessions, Friday night DJ Skate, hockey lessons, and more!

For a list of some more ice skating rinks in the Hudson Valley, click here.

Prefer your skating on ponds and in parks? Us too. The Westchester Parks are open for the season and in addition to some scenic ice skating, the parks offer cross country skiing, sledding, and even ice fishing. Take a look at the more than 20 parks and ponds available to you!

For those of you want in NYC who want to go dashing through the snow on a cafeteria tray, here are almost 30 NYC parks with prime sledding slopes.

Speaking of slopes, if you’re interested in more than just cross-country skiing and want in on some downhill black diamond action, there are plenty of skiing and snowboarding spots available, but you’ll need to do a little bit of travelling. Check out TimeOut’s list of skiing and snowboarding locations around NYC as well as some daytrips offered by local shops that will shuttle you to and from the resort in a day.

Looking for just some good ‘ol traditional snowball fun? Join the NYC Snowball Fight Club and get ready to head out to their chosen meeting place the day of the first NYC snowfall for some serious childhood fun.

Think HP’s Quidditch…on ice. And with less wizardry, but just as much magic. That’s right, we’re talking about broomball and NYC Social Sports Club has both ice and floor broomball leagues. Or if you really want to take it to the next level this winter, inner tube water polo starts January 22 and will give you a change to splash, paddle, and even flip a player out of his/her tube.