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Sawkill Family Ski Center, a little winter recreation center in Kingston, prides itself on its terrain's unique suitability for snowboarders, tubers and novice skiers.

Hudson Valley ski spots

Looking for a great place to ski with kids? Whether you and your children live and breathe winter sports or just want to dabble in them, the perfect ski spot may be closer than you think. Here are six family-friendly ski resorts that Hudson Valley residents can drive to and from in one day -- and on less than a tank of gas.

Tuxedo Ridge at Sterling Forest is a 100-acre
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Tuxedo Ridge at Sterling Forest is a 100-acre ski center with seven trails, four double lifts and a beginner area.

Adventurous teens and toddling tykes will feel equally
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Adventurous teens and toddling tykes will feel equally at home at Mount Peter, a 1,050-foot-high mountain that's home to four lifts, 13 trails and a terrain park in Warwick.

Rocking Horse Ranch, an all-inclusive resortin Highland, opened
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Rocking Horse Ranch, an all-inclusive resortin Highland, opened its newly upgraded Winter Fun Park this season. Offering ice-skating, horse-drawn sleigh riding and snow tubing, the ski area, which has only one slope, offers a great low-stress way to introduce youngsters to the sport.

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From nervous newbies to advanced adventurers, the 3,429-foot-high
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From nervous newbies to advanced adventurers, the 3,429-foot-high Belleayre Mountain in Pine Hill has a slope for every skier.

Belleayre Mountain in Pine Hills boasts a total
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Belleayre Mountain in Pine Hills boasts a total of 55 trails -- including glades, a terrain park and two progression parks -- serviced by eight ski lifts. The longest run is 12,024 feet.

Located just 35 miles from White Plains, Thunder
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Located just 35 miles from White Plains, Thunder Ridge is Patterson is the perfect ski slope perfect for families who want to ski after school or take a spur-of-the-moment day trip.

Sawkill Family Ski Center, a little winter recreation
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Sawkill Family Ski Center, a little winter recreation center in Kingston, prides itself on its terrain's unique suitability for snowboarders, tubers and novice skiers.

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