I’m not much of a snow person. My idea of skiing is sitting in the lodge with a book and some sort of spiked hot beverage. But I hear that plenty of you love the concept of doing physical activity in 17-degree weather, in which case, this Frugal Friday is for you.

Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain ski centers are the Great Northern Catskills‘ ski resorts, offering skiing two hours away from New York City.

Hunter Mountain is currently offering a “Big Lift Card” for $49. Card holders receive 25 percent off weekend and holiday tickets, and 50 percent off mid-week, non-holiday tickets. This promotion is valid all season long. Take the new Zephyr Express high speed quad or New York’s first six-passenger, detachable lift, the Kaatskill Flyer. Get snow reports, trail maps, daily
promotions, coupons and more via the mobile site m.huntermtn.com.

Play & Stay Packages at Hunter Mountain: Midweek special includes one night accommodations at the Kaatskill Mountain Club or Liftside Village. Package rates start at $125 pp/pn and include slope-side lodging, an all-access lift ticket and complimentary breakfast. Extend your stay for two nights or more and rates drop to $109 pp/pn. The offers is valid Sunday to Thursday, on non-holidays.

Nearby, Windham Mountain unveiled $2.4 million in renovations and upgrades for the 2011-2012 ski season. See renovations in the base lodge and new snowmaking and grooming equipment. A side-by-side Racing Zipline at Windham Mountain’s Adventure Park is also open this season, Other improvements for the winter season include the new trail WinTuck, a Competition Center for junior race programs, and the only Montana Crystal Edge Tuning Machine in North America, located at the Windham Mountain Sports Center.

Midweek Ski and Stay Package Windham Mountain: Stay at the Winwood Inn and ski or ride at Windham Mountain starting at $79.50 pp/pn. Package includes a lift ticket, accommodations, complimentary continental breakfast and a free shuttle to and from the mountain. On the weekend, package rates start at $120 pp/pn. Valid all season long, rates subject to availability.

Long Weekend Special: Purchase any multi-day Windham Mountain lift ticket that includes a Monday and receive 50 percent off of your Sunday night stay at the Winwood Inn.

Sign up for a free “Greene Card” that offers buy-one-get-one deals to both Hunter and Windham. The Greene Card makes the Catskills’ family friendly attractions even more affordable with the purchase of one mid-week ticket, card holders will receive an additional free ticket to be redeemed at the time of sale.

Visit http://www.greatnortherncatskills.com