Hit the slopes with the family this winter in New York. With more than 50 ski areas across the state, options for the ultimate winter family travel are endless. Keep reading for some highlights and unique guest experiences in different regions across the state.
At Gore Mountain, guests can experience the new 60-foot-wide intermediate trail from the top of Burnt Ridge Mountain, as well as a new 18,000-square-foot base lodge at the bottom of the ski bowl. The lodge, expected to be completed this year, will feature a restaurant, tavern and two levels of patios with scenic views of the slopes.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg is set to offer a new Skeleton Experience, sending solo riders, head-first, down an indoor sledding track at 30 mph.
Whiteface Mountain welcomes new trails, Ausable Run and Yellow Dot, as well as the addition of 150 new, low-energy snow guns, allowing for efficient and sustainable snowmaking efforts so travelers can ski longer.
With newly improved snowmaking capabilities, Belleayre Mountain offers fun all winter long. Guests can enjoy a heated patio, a new outdoor food service area and an updated retail shop at the main level of the lodge.
Plattekill added a new beginner trail, Rascal’s Flats, in addition to its popular Powder Puff. The Powder Puff trail has been significantly widened to provide beginners with more room to maneuver and practice their skills. The lodge welcomes guests with a new entrance to the deck area and kiosks for walk-up and drive-up customers.
Upgrades at Greek Peak Mountain Resort include a new triple-chair lift and a new family trial ski project. Guests 7 years and older can learn to ski with the new Intro2Snow program and can explore more of the mountain’s terrain with the new Mountaineer Ski Club.
To make the trip even better, with the SKI NY Passport Program-Kids Ski Free, kids in third and fourth grade can ski free with their parents or guardian at select mountains.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Munich’s Olympiapark, the mammoth complex built to host the 1972 Olympic Games, is one of the city’s most popular attractions for family travelers. Teens thrill at climbing along the rim of the giant roof and whizzing into the stadium on the zipline, while younger kids are mesmerized by fish swimming around them in the aquarium’s underwater tunnels.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Falcon’s Resort by Meliá is a new, all-suites resort made by possible via a partnership between the hospitality brand and Falcon’s Beyond, an entertainment company. Situated in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the property is the first of its kind — and it’s ready to cater to your traveling teen (and accompanying family travelers, of course).