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Ski Windham, Windham, New York

Snow You Can Bank On

It's not Gstaad or even Vail, but for executives who find themselves in the New York area during the winter months there's nothing as accessible for a quick schuss down the slopes as the state's Catskill Mountains, particularly Ski Windham. Located two and one-half hours from Manhattan, its best feature is that you don't have to leave business totally behind. For a nominal fee you can use the Commerce Club, a pleasant room in the base lodge. The Club offers limited secretarial service and is equipped with fax, private work stations that include word processors, phones, calculators, easels and copying machines. Pagers are also provided for skiers who are expecting a phone call or a fax.

Up-to-date snowmaking equipment guarantees that there will always be powder during the season, about mid-November through mid-April. The area's top accommodations are at the Windham Ridge Club or the Windham Mountain Village within walking distance of the slopes. These townhouses come fully equipped, making them more desirable than hotel or motel rooms. You'll need the kitchen. The food at La Gringlia, the only restaurant around said to be four-star, was just plain awful. The food at Ski Windham's birthday bash, which is held every year on the third Saturday night in January, was even worse.

Ski Windham, Windham, NY 12496. Tel. 800-754-9463. www.skiwindham.com

Spring 1994