The North Shoulder is a little bit more mellow, and is often the backup option for people heading up there. You ski almost along the ridge on the north side, back down towards the pumphouse basin. The north shoulder is generally a little bit sheltered and the snow is a little colder, but it is also windblown.[more]
Upstate New York has some great skiing in the adirondaks, as well as up north. There is a lot of nordic skiing, some fun rolling meadow skipping, and some very pretty scenery. It will be cold, so be prepared! The lake effect will bring in plenty of snow just when you think it is supposed to warm up!
How to Get There
Go North and East and see what you can come up with. The farther north you go, the colder it will be. Approaches vary, as you can go right out of the car, or spend 2 weeks in the wilderness.