Whether you enjoy high octane scrambles up cliff faces or down snowy mountains, or peaceful walks through the woods or along the beach, New York has something to fit almost every desire. The Adirondacks are tops for winter sports, while hiking enthusiasts should head to the Catskills and Hudson Valley and beach bums to Long Island.

Skiing

New York State offers some excellent ski resorts, the pick of which are:

Gore Mountain Set in the lower reach of the Adirondacks near Lake George, this destination boasts a year-round complex with tons of downhill skiing slopes, as well as Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. In the summer there are hiking and mountain biking opportunities.

Whiteface Mountain A must for serious ski enthusiasts, Whiteface Mountain has over 80 trails representing all skill levels. There's also a 3430ft vertical drop and it boasts 98% snowmaking coverage. It's located 10 miles northeast of Lake Placid.

Hunter Mountain A high level of snowmaking ensures that skiers keep hitting the slopes of Hunter Mountain no matter the weather. Its 56 trails are very popular, and lines on the weekends and holidays can be especially long. There are some very challenging black runs for real pros.

Belleayre Mountain Avoid the long lines and high prices of most of the other Catskill resorts here. This mountain boasts a 1400ft vertical drop and around 50 trails for skiers of all skill levels.

Cycling

Bicycle trails stretch for 360 miles between Buffalo and Albany, largely shadowing the Erie Canal; find out more at www.cycletheeriecanal.com. There's also good cycling routes around the Finger Lakes region.

Hiking, Mountaineering & Rock Climbing

With over 20 national and state parks, and a number of nature reserves, New York has numerous options for fantastic hiking and mountaineering. Part of the 390-mile Appalachian Trail runs through Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks.

Prime hiking and mountaineering areas to focus on are the Catskills and Adirondacks, while Shawangunk Ridge (the 'Gunks') near New Paltz is a rock climbing hot spot.