Am I allowed to drive on property?
Yes, though we do encourage our guests to walk as much as possible, and leave the vehicles parked at the lodge. If you do need to drive while on camp property, please make sure everyone is in a seatbelt, and that you go no faster than 15 miles an hour. Remember, our roads are often our sidewalks!
Am I allowed to park at my lodge?
Yes, there is parking near all of the lodges.
Are there grills at the lodge?
No, Frost Valley does not have grills at the lodge, or for rent. You are welcome to bring your own, we ask that you keep it at a minimum 50 feet away from all buildings. We do not sell charcoal or gas, so please be sure to pick up what you need on your way here!
Are there phones in my room?
Many of our lodges have a House Phone located in their entrance ways – and for those that do not, a phone is located nearby. All phone locations are indicated on the map that you will receive upon check in.
Are there TV’s in the lodge for me to catch the game?
No, we do not have TV’s on Frost Valley property. We recommend recording the game of your choice so that you won’t miss the opportunity to spend quality time with your child. We promise not to report scores while you are here – no spoilers from us!
Are we allowed to go on our own hikes?
Frost Valley offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails open to all guests. Guided hikes are scheduled on most weekends; however, you can explore our trails on your own. Trail maps are available at the Welcome Center. Difficulty levelse are noted on the map, so you can choose from Easy, Moderate, or Difficult. Please bring your backpack, hiking boots, appropriate clothing, and water for these adventurous excursions. You have the opportunity to visit High Falls, Brother’s Hole, cable bridges, scenic vistas, beautiful mature forests, and more.
Are we allowed to use the trails in the winter?
Pick up a winter trail map at the Welcome Center to see which trails are open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Please visit the Cross Country Skiing tab for more information on using ski trails when there is adequate snow. Guided snowshoe hikes are often offered during winter weekends. Snowshoes are provided for these hikes only. Plan on bringing winter boots, yak-trax (boot traction devices), and/or snowshoes during the winter. Our trails during this time of the year can be snowy, icy, and somewhat treacherous. If properly prepared, you and your family can enjoy beautiful winter conditions. Find an icy waterfall, wildlife tracks, mountain streams bordered by snow and ice, hemlock trees, and peace and quiet.
Can I schedule a special event just for my group? (example: Zip Line for groups aged 12 and over)
Absolutely. Most special events do come with an additional cost, and our program coordinators can walk you through that. We’d be happy to help you design a weekend retreat to remember!
Can we Fish at Frost Valley YMCA?
Please bring your own fishing pole if you want to test your luck at catching fish in our pristine waters. Lake Cole is open for rod and reel fishing and you may use live bait. Fishing is not allowed around the swimming docks or boating docks. Lake Cole is a fishing preserve, which means a New York State License is not required. Fish may be kept form Lake Cole, however, if they are taken off Frost Valley property a fin tag must be obtained from the Front Desk of the Welcome Center. All other waters at Frost Valley are restricted to Fly Fishing only and are catch and release.
Access to fish the rivers and streams is open to Outdoor Sporting Members and registered guests with a valid NYS fishing license. To fly fish guests must check-in at the Welcome Center front desk and obtain a name badge, fishing rules and regulations, and fishing map. All fish caught from the rivers and streams must be released at the same location.
Do you supply firewood or should I bring it?
All Frost Valley lodges have an outdoor fire pit and many have indoor fireplaces. Please plan on spending time around your fire during your visit, but we ask that you follow our rules for the health and safety of our forested lands. Firewood from any location other than Frost Valley YMCA is prohibited. Transporting firewood may spread non-native insects and threaten the trees in our forest. New York State law prohibits transporting firewood greater than 50 miles. Cutting, felling, or gathering of wood on Frost Valley grounds is not allowed. We offer firewood for sale at $15 per bundle with a limit of 3 loads per day. Orders must be received at the Welcome Center before 5:00 pm. But not to worry, we can supply you with plenty – so save the packing space. For the safety of our children and our environment, we are asking that you keep your fires small. Bon Fires are strictly prohibited. Please do not leave fires unattended, and make sure they are fully out prior to finishing for the night.
How do we plan a Campfire (or specialty program) for our group?
Approximately 3 weeks prior to your visit you will be contacted by your Program Coordinators to finalize your weekend. Give them your request and they will make sure it happens! You can contact them directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 845-985-2291 ext 226.
Is Alcohol allowed?
Yes, you are welcome to enjoy a beverage in the privacy of your lodge and private campfire ring. Alcohol is not allowed in public spaces (the program areas or the dining hall). We ask that it is enjoyed responsibly, and does not interfere with the experience of our guests enjoying Frost Valley.
What do I need to do to prepare for my weekend?
What if work or my wife needs to get in touch with me?
Give our main number, 845-985-2291 ext. 0 to anyone who may need to contact you while you are with us. The phone is manned from 8:30AM-10:00PM. All messages will be delivered at the following meal. In the event of an emergency, our staff will track you down at your lodge or at programs.
What should we pack?
We’ve put together an extensive packing list – follow this link here!
What time is check out, and what needs to be done?
We ask that you check out of your lodge prior to joining us for lunch. When leaving your lodge we ask that you close and lock all of the windows, turn the thermostat to 65 degrees, turn off lights, and remove the trash & recycling to the outside box. If you used our blankets and pillows, please stack them on one of your bunks. Don’t forget to check under your bunks, in the drawers and cubbies, and under the mattresses to be sure you haven’t left anything!
When can I check-in?
Check in begins at 6pm in our Welcome Center, which is the first building, on your right, after you pass through the main entrance. Please have your drivers’ license or state-issued photo ID with you when you check-in. You will receive your parking pass and your wristband(s) at the time of check-in.
Will my cell phone work?
We have set up a verizon hot spot in our Welcome Center which will allow verizon carriers the option to make quick calls. This is a limited service though, as it is through our internet. For all other carriers, we provide Wi-Fi in our Dining Hall, and is often used for sending quick emails to loved ones to let them know you’ve arrived safe and sound.