February 1, 2019

5 Things to Do Around the Hudson Valley This Winter

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Despite short daylight hours and a few days of single-digit temperatures, the Hudson Valley is pure winter wonderland magic this time of year. So there’s no need to hibernate this winter; there is plenty to do—both indoors and outdoors—to help you enjoy the cold winter days. Check out some of our students’ favorite activities:

1. Hit the Slopes

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There are more than a dozen ski areas to choose from in this region! Hunter Mountain is a popular spot for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snow tubing, and even ziplining over snow-covered treetops. The trip is an annual adventure for CIA students.

2. Skate Your Heart Out

If ice skating is more your speed, don’t worry. With an ice rink in nearly every surrounding county, you have the option to stay inside or brave the outside for skating. The McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie offers a fun time indoors with speed skating, figure skating, and public skating sessions, while Mohonk Mountain House is the perfect spot for outdoor skating high above the lake in an open-air pavilion.

3. Strap on Snowshoes

No need to wait until spring to explore the Valley’s beautiful state parks. Buy or rent snowshoes at a local outfitter and then enjoy a guided snow hike like those offered by Alpine Endeavors. Or, find a public trail to experience snowshoeing at your own pace.

4. Take the Fun Inside

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Still not sure how you feel about ice climbing? Experienced climbers and non-climbers alike can still enjoy a challenge with indoor rock climbing at The Gravity Vault in Poughkeepsie. Another fun indoor winter activity to try? Show off your bowling skills at one of four Spins Bowl locations in the Valley. In addition to bowling, the Poughkeepsie location also boasts an arcade, a laser tag arena, and even a CIA-trained chef!

5. Warm Up at Our On-Campus Favorites

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At the end of the day, head to the CIA’s own Apple Pie Bakery Café for a cup of hot coffee and some of your favorite treats, or cozy up next to the fireplace in The Egg with a cup of hot chocolate.