Skiing in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Park is located in Northern New York, ridged in mountains that stretch into some of the highest elevations in the northeast - making for excellent downhill skiing conditions. The Adirondacks' ski resorts are unique in that they are a comparable experience to skiing at the bigger resorts in the west, yet are affordable, easy to get to and boast family-friendly terrain that everyone can enjoy.
Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington is one of the premier alpine ski resorts in New York State, offering challenging terrain, beginner-to-expert trails and plenty of altitudes. There's a saying in the Adirondacks, that "if you can ski Whiteface, you can ski anywhere." Amateur ski racing and world-cup events are held at Whiteface each year, creating a tradition of Olympians including 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht. Whiteface is also known as the Olympic Mountain.
At Gore Mountain in North Creek, wide cruising lanes and a large base lodge that faces the afternoon sun make for an enjoyable experience for skiers and riders of all ages. From Titus to Snow Ridge and every community ski hill in between, these mountains provide endless opportunities for winter fun and adventure for thousands of skiers and riders each season.
The same goes for Nordic Skiing. The Adirondacks have turned out major competitors on the international and Olympic scale, including current Olympic Biathletes Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook, as well as Nordic-combined skier and Olympic Gold Medalist Bill Demong. Nordic ski resorts and recreation centers like Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake and Cascade Cross Country Ski Center in Lake Placid offer a cross-country playground and winter entertainment, creating a destination for visitors and residents to meet and play.
Alpine Ski Resorts
- Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington - Home of the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, Whiteface boasts 81 trails serviced by eight lifts. Open from November through early spring, it is one of the premier alpine ski resorts of the northeast.
- Gore Mountain in North Creek - A Family-friendly place to ski offering 102 trails - 94 alpine and eight Nordic. Vertical drop is 2,537 feet and the longest run is almost four miles.
- Titus Mountain in Malone - Stretching across three mountains, Titus offers 42 trails and glades, two terrain parks and 10 lifts. Night skiing and snow tubing located on-site.
- West Mountain in Glens Falls - Great skiing for all abilities. Enjoy 40 trails spanning 124 acres. Night skiing, snow tubing and lodging packages available. Located near the Lake George area.
Smaller Alpine Ski Resorts
- Snow Ridge in Turin - Gets some of the deepest snowfall in the Adirondacks due to its proximity to Lake Ontario. 4173 W Road, Turin NY 12473. (315) 348-8456.
- Big Tupper in Tupper Lake - 485 Big Tupper Road, Tupper Lake NY 12986. (518) 359-3730. *closed for the 2012-2013 ski season.
- Oak Mountain in Speculator - Great skiing and loads of family-friendly events including pond skimming, live music, and rail jam. 141 Novosel Way Speculator NY 12164.
- Otis Mountain in Elizabethtown - A small mountain with a big heart. Doubles as a music festival venue. Lobdell Road Elizabethtown NY 12932. (518) 962-4894.
- Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake - T-bar lift and beginner terrain. Day passes are $15 and the ski hill is open Tuesday through Sunday. Tubing available. 92 Mt. Pisgah Lane Saranac Lake, NY 12983. (518) 891-0970.
- Indian Lake Ski Hill in Indian Lake - Freeskiing and ice-skating on two slopes. T-bar lift. Route 30 Indian Lake, NY 12842. (518) 648-5611.
- Dynamite Hill Recreation Center in Chestertown - Beginner trail with rope tow access open for free. Ice-skating and night-skiing available. Route 8 Chestertown, NY 12817. (518) 494-2722.
Ski Shops and Tuning Locations
- High Peaks Cyclery - 2733 Main Street Lake Placid, NY 12946 (518) 523-3764
- Whiteface Mountain - 5021 Route 86 Wilmington NY 12997 (518) 946-2223
- Maui North - 2532 Main Street Lake Placid NY (518) 523-7245
- Blur Line Sports - 81 Main Street #1 Saranac Lake NY 12983 (518) 891-4680
- Pedals & Petals - 176 New York 28 Inlet, NY 13360 (315) 357-3281
- Cascade Cross Country Ski Center - 4833 Cascade Road Lake Placid, NY (518) 523-7245
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center - 139 Lapland Lake Road Northville, NY (518) 863-4974
- Sports Page Ski & Patio - 138 Quaker Road Queensbury, NY 12804. (518) 792-1304.
Cross Country Ski Resorts
- Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson - Finnish-style resort offering lodging, dining, and shopping as well as a full-service Nordic ski center with plenty of trails. 139 Lapland Lake Road, Benson NY 12134. (518) 863-4974.
- Cascade Cross Country Ski Center in Lake Placid - Full-service Nordic ski lodge with restaurant and lodging on-site. Trails connect to the Jackrabbit. 4833 Cascade Road, Lake Placid NY 12946. (518) 523-9605.
- Garnet Hill Lodge Cross Country Ski Area in North Creek - Authentic Nordic ski resort offering four seasons of fun on 600 acres. Lodging, dining and family-friendly entertainment offered throughout the ski season. 39 Garnet Hill Road, North River NY 12856. (518) 251-2444.
Additional Cross-Country Ski Areas
- Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenburg in Lake Placid
- Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake
- Dynamite Hill Recreation Center & Natural Trail in Chestertown
- Inlet Ski Touring Center in Inlet
- Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center at Whiteface Club & Resort in Lake Placid
- Tug Hill Plateau Trails in Lowville
- Otter Creek Trails at Otter Greek Lodge in Glenfield
- Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths
- New Land Trust in Saranac
- The Adirondack Mountains are made up of a 160-mile-wide dome of peaks, creating a unique alpine atmosphere that covers everything from beginner to expert trails.
- Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington boasts the greatest vertical drop in the east at 3,430 feet.
- Snow Ridge in Turin gets some of the Adirondack Region's best and deepest snowfall each year due to the lake effect snow from Lake Ontario.