Skiing and snowboarding are the most efficient ways of riding down a mountain, with the exception of Zamboni toboggans or a monster truck with no brakes. Conquer breathtaking slopes without worrying about mechanical problems with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get an all-day lift ticket at Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center (a $45 value), located in Fabius.
Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center is an ever-snow-covered skiing facility that provides glide-inclined New Yorkers with 23 trails and five gravity-defying lifts scattered throughout the mountain. Ski bunnies and snowboard jackals of all experience levels will be able to fill their thrill quota, as Toggenburg’s hills include plenty of bunny slopes, mid-level blue squares and green circles, eight black diamonds, and one double black diamond, which is for experts only due to its naturally occurring Henry Winkler cardboard cutouts. Maintained by a dedicated, hospitable staff, Toggenburg Mountain Ski Center offers plenty of gear at its ski shop, scrumptious fare at its Foggy Goggle restaurant, and a ski-tuning shop to make sure gear is buffed, waxed, and ready for snow-surfing.
Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center
Twenty-one runs streak across the Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center trail map, furnishing skiers and snowboarders with ample real estate to perfect swerves and test nerves in the crisp high country air. Five lifts—two doubles, a triple, and a pair of beginner rope tows—hoist snowy revelers to the top of runs such as the black diamond Oh My Goat, the blue square Angora Alley, and the green circle Capricorn Caper, as well as two terrain parks. Here, a gantlet of rails, boxes, and tables not only give daredevils the chance to show off their aerial acrobatics, but also provide a rough idea of what it would be like to wear skis into a furniture store. First-timers and skiers in need of a refresher can sign up for snow school, where expert instructors illuminate proper technique during private, semiprivate, and group lessons.
Off the mountain, Chilly Choices ski shop keeps skiers and snowboarders warm on the outside with hats, gloves, goggles, and apparel. Meanwhile the Foggy Goggle and Toggenburg Cafeteria keep them warm them on the inside with toasty eats such as braised tenderloin tips and pizza.