ALBANY - The state will launch a bus service to take skiers from New York City and Toronto to some of the state's most popular slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.
The "I Ski NY" bus service will launch next winter and service 13 New York ski areas from New York City and another six from Toronto.
Details on how much the bus will cost riders were not made available Sunday.
"With some of the best ski slopes, snowmobiling tracks, hiking trails, and scenic views, we want New Yorkers to know they should stay in New York and all out-of-state visitors to feel welcome to partake in all that upstate has to offer," Cuomo said in a statement.
Among the ski resorts that will be serviced by the state-operated buses from Toronto are Kissing Bridge in Glenwood, and the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort in Canandaigua, Ontario County, among other locations.
The New York City buses will stop at the Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson, Putnam County; Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount, Ulster County; Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, Delaware County. Two slopes in Cortland County will have drop-off points: Greek Peak Mountain Resort and Labrador Mountain.
Cuomo announced the busing initiative Sunday at the Adirondack Winter Challenge, an event in Lake Placid in which Cuomo and other state officials participated in snowmobiling, skiing, hockey and other winter sports at the Olympic village to promote winter tourism. A similar event was held in the summer, when the state officials participated in a whitewater rafting race in the Adirondacks.
Several lawmakers participated as well, including Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, Rockland County; Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, D-Yonkers; and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, Broome County.