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Ski the Slopes in the Adirondacks this Winter

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2024-01-04 06:35:00

If you like to ski or snowboard, chances are you already know that some of the best downhill mountains on the East Coast can be found in Upstate New York. Though ski resorts can be found across the state, some of the most popular are in the Adirondacks, since several different mountains throughout the park offer hundreds of trails suited for everyone from bunny-hill-bound beginners to those who consider the slopes their second home.

Whiteface Mountain may be the most recognizable name in Adirondack ski resorts, and the experience delivers on its reputation. In addition to its proximity to Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice,” Whiteface boasts the biggest vertical drop east of the Rockies, the longest intermediate trail in the Northeast, 86 different ski trails, and a five-star ski and snowboard school on site. The one thing it doesn’t offer is snow tubing, but you can find that at two other nearby ski centers: Mount Pisgah Ski Center in nearby Saranac Lake offers snow tubing and snowshoeing in addition to its smaller, family- and beginner-friendly downhill ski trails, and Titus Mountain in Malone has 10 lifts, 36 trails, 11 glades, three terrain parks in addition a snow tubing park.

Gore Mountain, in the town of North Creek, is another famous Adirondack ski resort in its own right. Gore boasts the distinction of being the biggest ski mountain in the Northeast, with 109 trails, 14 lifts, and a winter sports school of its own offering lessons, camps, and other instructional programs for kids and adults. The North Creek Ski Bowl at Gore offers alpine and Nordic skiing, twilight skiing, uphill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well.

West Mountain in Queensbury may not be as famous as Whiteface and Gore, but it has plenty to offer of its own accord, with 30 trails spread out over 126 acres and a mix of steep and gentle hills, an abundance of snow tubing trails, and a convenient location between Lake George and Saratoga Springs. Oak Mountain in Speculator offers 22 trails for skiers and snowboarders, four lanes of snow tubing, and miles of snowshoeing trails as well, and McCauley Mountain in Old Forge has a 633-foot vertical drop, 21 ski trails ranging from beginner to double black diamond, and designated bump runs and glades for intermediate and expert skiers.

Many of the Adirondacks’ ski resorts offer lessons, rentals, food and beverage in the lodges, and more; amenities vary, so check ahead for that information, as well as hours, conditions, and lift ticket and reservation requirements before you head out—sometimes snow tubing requires online reservations, for example. Then all that’s left to do is hit the slopes!

Photo credits

Whiteface mountain run view photo credit Whiteface Mountain
Skier at Whiteface photo credit Whiteface Mountain
Chairlift view photo credit Gore Mountain
Two skiiers at summit photo credit West Mountain

posted at: 2024-01-04 06:35:00, last updated: 2024-03-22 06:12:15

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