The Emerson Cross Country Ski Trail
The Emerson Resort & Spa is proud to be a member of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association. Cross Country Skiing is easy to learn, it is healthy, family friendly, accessible and most of all affordable. Grab your ski or snowshoe rentals at our Ski Shop in the Country Store and venture out on our 1.2 mile cross country trail! Upon your return, relax by our outdoor firepit with a cup of hot chocolate from the Country Store Cafe. Sound like this is only for Emerson guests? No way! The trail is open to all visitors looking for fun in our winter playground. We'll see you on the trail!
Open Daily (depending on snow level) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rates: $10 area charge / $20 rental ski boots and poles or snow shoes.
The Emerson Ice Skating Pond
A clear crisp moon lit night, a warm inviting fire reflecting on a frozen country pond, skaters darting to and fro in the shadow of a Red Country Barn. Children warming themselves with hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows completes a perfect winter night. Our outdoor skating pond is the perfect end to a great family day of skiing. Rentals are available in our ski shop and our pond is attended weather permitting and with restricted hours.
*Please note hours & ice skating rental prices are to be announced.Please Note: New York statutory law (general obligation law 9-103) gives relief to property owners from liability for recreational activities like cross country skiing, snow shoeing or ice skating. Ski at your own risk.
- Rent Skis, Snowshoes & Ice Skates at our Ski Shop and venture out on our Cross Country Ski Trail or Ice Skating Pond! The area charge is complimentary to overnight guests, *weather permitting.
- Enjoy the winter wonders of Belleayre Mountain, New York's Winter Snow Park. Just minutes West of the Emerson, Belleayre Mountain offers winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing; Nearby Hunter Mountain, "The Snowmaking Capital of the World" features winter sports and the highest zip line canopy tour in North America.
- The Catskills are rich with scenic mountain trails. Ask our concierge about nearby hiking trails and guided hike rates with Peekamoose Adventures.
- Enjoy the perfect picnic. Our kitchen will prepare a delightful picnic for an afternoon hike or biking excursion. We’ll even provide you with directions to a few of our staff’s favorite picnic locations.
- The Esopus is known world-wide as a mecca for trout fishing. Fishing permits are available in Phoenicia, and if you’re lucky enough to bring something back, our chefs will be pleased to prepare your catch for dinner. Our Emerson Outfitter Shop also carries children’s fishing gear & accessories.
- Hop on the Catskill Mountain Railroad and enjoy a ride along the scenic Esopus or in the historic city of Kingston.
- Looking for thrills and chills? Town Tinker Tube Rental offers whitewater tubing on the Esopus.
- Take a scenic walk around portions of the Ashokan Reservoir, a man-made wonder that provides much of the drinking water for New York City.
- Looking to go Horseback Riding? Check out what the Ashokan Riding Club has to offer. This is a great year round activity for the family.
- Experience world-class rock climbing and ice climbing on the dramatic cliffs of the Shawangunck Mountains.
Arts & Culture
- It's no secret that our neck of the woods is a haven for artists. The Arts Upstairs, located just 5 minutes away in Phoenicia, is home to a myriad of art mediums with exhibits changing monthly. Stop by to gaze, learn about art in the Catskills, and maybe take a piece or two home!
- Late summer heralds the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. From opera to gospel, world music to Broadway, the Festival celebrates the human voice in all it's multi-faceted glory.
- Pay a call to Mt. Tremper’s Zen Mountain Monastery.
- On your way to Woodstock, stop by the Elena Zang Gallery. The gallery hosts contemporary fine art by regional and internationally known artists, outdoor sculptures, pottery and an outdoor pottery studio.
- Visit New York’s first capital, Kingston, established in 1777. Here you can see the original Senate House and Museum, explore historic structures, view gallery exhibits, listen to lectures related to local heritage, and take narrated walking tours of Kingston’s historical districts.
- Tour two of the Hudson Valley’s most famous National Historic sites: Springwood, the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt; and the Vanderbilt Mansion, the country estate of Frederick Vanderbilt.
- The famed Woodstock Playhouse offers a diverse summer schedule of musical events in their outdoor bandshell auditorium.
- Every Saturday in July and August the Belleayre Conservatory produces concerts, opera and other music performances near the top of the Belleayre Ski Center at Highmount.
- The annual Woodstock Film Festival held each Autumn features film premieres, appearances and workshops by notable directors and actors, as well as gala events and concerts.
- Speak to our Front Desk about arranging an “Artists in Their Studios” tour. See and meet local artists in their studios – each studio is located within a 20-minute drive of the Emerson. Pieces by the participating artists are also on display throughout the Emerson.
- Paintings by artist DM Weil are currently on exhibit at the Emerson. If you’d like to see more from this celebrated artist, visit the DM Weil Gallery in New Paltz.
Just For Fun
- Be sure to spend time in nearby Phoenicia…a Great Little Town! Phoenicia was also named one of the USA’s Top Ten Coolest Towns by Budget Travel Magazine.
- Explore the funky eclecticism of Woodstock. For a full list of shops, galleries, restaurants and events, visit the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Arts.
- Play a game of volleyball in the Emerson Park. Badminton, horseshoes, a children’s playground and picnic tables make our park the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
To find out more about Hudson Valley current events and activities, please visit these helpful sites:
- Ulster County Chamber of Commerce A full list of area festivals, events and destinations.
- Ulster County Tourism Find out what makes Ulster County Alive!
- Visit Vortex Watch videos and slideshows about Hudson Valley events, businesses and culture.
- Catskill High Peaks A local guide for the area surrounding the Belleayre Ski Center.
- The Community Guide.net Local online resource for activities, events, classes, dining and much more.
- Catskill Mountain Guide Arts, leisure and calendar listings for the Catskill Region.
- Chronogram A local monthly publication celebrating arts, culture and spirit.
- Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Arts A look at events in the area’s most famous town.
The Emerson does not guarantee availability for the activities listed on this page. Hours of operation and rates are subject to change.