Snow Guide

Ready for a snow day in Central Park?

Prepare for an unforgettable snow day in Central Park! Our Snow Guide has all the essential details for your upcoming snowy adventure.

Thank you for supporting the Conservancy staff as they clear the Park during snowstorms to keep it accessible. Be sure to give them space as they shovel and operate snow plows, and please be gentle around the Park's trees and landscapes. Head to our Alerts page for updates about Park closures.

A parent pulls a child on their sled by the Arthur Ross Pinetum on a snowy day.


Grab your sled and enjoy a fresh layer of snow on the slopes of Central Park. We recommend Pilgrim Hill, Cedar Hill, and the Great Hill, for sledding. Our staff opens these landscapes when there is at least six inches of snow and conditions allow. Dress warmly, be gentle on the landscapes, and let gravity do the rest!

Skaters enjoy the Wollman Rink after dark, with the skyline of Manhattan as a backdrop

Ice Skating

Surrounded by towering evergreens and tulip poplars—not to mention the City skyline—you'll feel like you're stepping into a life-size snow globe at Wollman Rink. The famed rink offers skate and locker rentals, and hours and ticket prices vary. You can also bring your own skates to Conservatory Water, which opens for free ice skating when the ice is at least six inches thick.

A Park visitor skis along the North Meadow on a clear, snowy day.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

The best places to snowshoe and ski are Sheep Meadow, the Great Lawn, and other large meadows in Central Park. In addition to these trekking spots, snowshoers and skiers can hit the trails of the bridle path, which the Conservancy leaves snow-covered in the winter to protect its soft surface. Please note that snowfall must be over six inches.

Two snowpeople smiling along the Lake in Central Park. Their arms are made of twigs and pointed up in celebration.

Building Snowpeople

The Park is already filled with beautiful landscapes and architecture—all that's missing is your snowy sculpture! The next time it snows over six inches and conditions permit (are you sensing a theme here?), head out with your friends, family, or on your own for this classic snow-day activity. Smiley faces and acorn eyes encouraged.

Best Places for Winter Recreation

A cluster of parkgoers seen through the Inscope Arch in winter

Support the Park

Central Park is particularly beautiful during and after a snowfall, but snow creates a great deal of extra responsibility for our Conservancy staff as we work to ensure the Park is accessible. Help us keep Park paths safe for visitors before, during, and after it snows, and please give our staff space when they are operating snow plows and shovels.