Wintry fitness getaways
Tired of treadmills at the gym? There’s no need to keep working out indoors this winter.
Brace yourself for these inexpensive getaways to get in shape while enjoying the great outdoors.
The Miramar Ski Club
miramar.org or 212-978-9191
Yes, skiing can be expensive but discounts abound for members of this 62-year-old nonprofit. After paying an annual membership fee of $150 or so, you can enjoy ski weekends as inexpensive as $200, including transportation on the club bus (which leaves Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey every Friday), lodging (the bus is destined for the club lodge in Waitsfield, Vt.), and food. Lift tickets are bought in bulk, meaning an $80 day pass can be had for $55.
“This is not a ski-bunny pick-up scene, though people have met and married through the club,” said Miramar president Robin Bossert.
The Appalachian Mountain Club
amc-ny.org or 212-986-1430
The New York – Northern New Jersey chapter of this organization runs 2,500 group hikes a year, plus backpacking excursions, canoe, kayak and bike trips, organized softball games and trail-maintenance outings.
An annual membership, which can be as little as $40 a year for newcomers, gets you a thrice-annual booklet and optional e-mail updates of activities, includung event descriptions and detailed public transportation instructions. You don’t have to be Sir Edmund Hillary to join, assures Mike Burke, the member-benefits coordinator: “You just have to be able to walk five or six miles without complaining.”
The Adirondack Mountain Club
adkny.org or 212-923-5473
The big draw of the ADK, which offers individual memberships starting at $50 a year, is Camp Nawakwa, a stunning lakeside compound inside Harriman State Park, where members can stay while hiking, swimming, boating and relaxing on the waterfront.
The club also runs hikes and outdoor workshops on cross-country skiing, mountaineering and camping in the winter.