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Whiteface Mountain

At Whiteface Mountain, you'll find some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in North America. It has the greatest vertical drop this side of the Rockies and is the only ski area in the East to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games.  


Base Elevation: 1,200 feet
Summit Elevation: 4,867 feet
Top Lift Elevation: 4,416 feet
Vertical Drop: 3,350 feet (Biggest in the East)
Skiable Acreage: 211 acres
Cloudsplitter Gondola: 7.5 minutes from the base to the top of Little Whiteface
Lifts: 10
Trails: 67
Snowmaking: 97% - does not include the slides
Terrain: One-third each of most difficult, more difficult, easiest
Half Pipe: 425 feet, International FIS Specs
Hours: 8:30 am to 4 pm daily
First opened: 1957
The Slides: 35 acres (open conditions permitting) Experts Only
Operated by: New York State Olympic Regional


From New York City and New Jersey
Take the NY State Thruway (I-87) north to the Adirondack Northway (Exit 24 in Albany). Follow 87 to Exit 30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two miles to Route 73. Continue on 73 for 28 miles to Lake Placid area. Take Route 86 east to Whiteface Mountain. From NYC: 5 hrs, Albany: 2 1/2 hrs.

From Toronto
Take 401 east to Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on 86 thru Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to Whiteface Mountain. Drive time: 5 1/2 hours.

From Montreal
Take Route 15 south to Champlain Crossing, connecting with I-87 south. Take Exit 34 west, following Route 9 north, then follow Route 86 to Whiteface Mountain. Drive time: 2 hours.

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From Boston, Springfield, Hartford
Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Albany. Pick up I-787 north to Cohoes. Connect with Route 7 west to I-87 north. Follow I-87 (Northway) to Exit 30, then use final directions above: "From New York City..." Drive time from Boston: 5 hours.

From Ottawa
Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Follow Route 86 and continue thru Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to Whiteface Mountain. Drive time: 3 hours.

From Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Points West
Take I-90 (NY State Thruway) east to Exit 36 (Syracuse). Pick up I-81 north and follow to Watertown. Take Route 3 and follow it east to Saranac Lake, then follow Route 86 east to Whiteface Mountain. Drive times: From Buffalo: 5 1/2 hours; Rochester: 4 1/2 hours; Syracuse: 3 1/2 hours.

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Gore Mountain


Schedule:  Mid-November through Mid-April. 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Weekends until the end of April
Elevations:  Base 1,500 feet; Summit 3,600 feet
Vertical Drop:  2,100 feet
Trails:  62
Longest Run:  2.9 miles
Snowfall:  150 inches per year
Skiable Acres:  292
Terrain:  10% beginner, 60% intermediate, 30% expert
Snowmaking:  95% coverage, water supply from the Hudson River
Lifts:  9 total- New 8 passenger Northwoods Gondola, 2 Quads, 1 Highspeed Triple (The Adirondack Express), 3 Doubles, 2 Surface lifts.
Services:  Two Lodges: Main Base Lodge with dining, Ski & Snowboard School, mountain patrol, nursery, rental shop, accessory and clothing shop, lounge, administration, ticketing; Saddle Lodge at mid-mountain with food service.
Location:  Route 28 and Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek, NY, 21 miles off I-87
Phone Number:  Mountain Offices, (518) 251-2411; Snow report, (800) 342-1234
Internet:  Website -; Email-
Key Personnel:  General Manager: Michael J. Pratt
                          Assistant GM/Ski School Director: Joe Barclay
                          Director of Marketing & Sales: Jason L. Sherry


NYS Thruway to Exit 24. Take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 23 (Warrensburg).  Follow Route 9 for 4 miles to Route 28 and proceed 16 miles to Peaceful Valley Road.

Take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 26 (Pottersville). Follow the Gore Mountain "Trailblazer" signs through Olmstedville then left on Route 28N to North Creek. Make a left turn onto Route 28 and then a right onto Peaceful Valley Road.

Take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 25 (Chestertown). Follow Route 8 west for 11 miles. Turn right in Wevertown  on Route 28; proceed north to Peaceful Valley Road.

Take I-90 (NYS Thruway) east to Utica. Take Route 8 North from Utica to North Creek. Make a left onto Peaceful Valley Road and continue 5 miles to Gore Mountain.


West Mountain - 59 West Mountain Road, Glens Falls, NY 12804. 3 miles west of Northway (I-87) exit 18. (518)793-6606. 1,010 foot vertical drop, 21 trails (beginner, intermediate and expert), 60% snowmaking. Lessons and equipment rental available. Child care and kid-ski programs available. Open daily, Monday through Friday 9:30AM-10:30PM, Saturday and Sunday 8:30AM-6PM. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets are sold for 4 and 8 hour blocks.
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The base for Packbasket Adventures is our lodge, located on the fabled Oswegatchie River, famous for its scenic beauty, remote wildness and fine sport. The river flows through Wanakena into Cranberry Lake, which has 40 of its 55 miles of shoreline State protected and waiting to be explored. Our newly constructed lodge consists of 4 bedrooms with private baths. Each room is finely appointed in the lodge style, making for a cozy return at the end of the day's adventure.



Garnet Hill Cross Country Ski Area: 

Garnet Hill Lodge is a four season Adirondack Inn / Resort  in the Adirondacks of New York- a summer vacation destination and a complete cross country skiing center in winter.   Discover Garnet Hill's spectacular lake and mountain view, distinctive accommodations, superb cuisine and outdoor fun.

13th Lake Rd, North River, NY 12856
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Jackrabbit Trail and Interconnect Pass

The 50-kilometer Jackrabbit Trail runs from Keene, through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, to Paul Smiths. It is a public trail that connects with four ski centers and several backcountry routes along the way. 15K of trail near ski centers are groomed and subject to a trail fee. Over 35K of ungroomed trail sections are free. Trail maps showing access points and fee areas are available at all centers and sport shops.

Rates: For $12/day, the Interconnect Pass will allow you to access the following ski centers: Cascade, Lake Placid Resort, Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Whiteface Club. Call 1-800-447-5224.
Season: Open throughout the winter, weather permitting.

301 Main Street/Town Hall
Lake Placid NY 12946

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Ski Patrol
The ski patrol is an organization that provides first aid and rescue services to skiers and participants of other snow sports. Every ski area/resort will have a ski patrol team.

The patrol's main duties are to:

• Promote ski/snowboard safety

• Enforce rules and policies of the resort

• Help injured skiers/riders

• Conduct trail checks

• Clear mountain for closing

The ski patrol transports victims by toboggan, snow mobile, or even by helicopter in extreme situations.

The patrol should be easily identifiable on the slope. You can find them out on the trails where they are constantly patrolling or they can be found at one of the ski patrol stations, usually located throughout a resort.

Other Ski Areas in NY
Belleayre Mountain
State owned and operated ski center, located in the Catskill Forest Preserve.
Includes ski conditions and trail map.
Big Tupper
Located 2 miles south of Tupper Lake, New York. Includes trail map.
Bristol Mountain
1,200 vertical feet and 100% snowmaking in Canadaigua, New York. Trail map and ski report.
Catamount Ski Area
Family ski area on the border of Hillsdale, New York and South Egremont, Massachusetts.
Gore Mountain
Alpine and cross country skiing in North Creek, New York.
Greek Peak
Ski resort located in Cortland, New York.
Holiday Valley
Western New York's premier destination ski resort. Located near Ellicottville.
The largest private ski resort in North America. New York state. Includes ski report and trail map.
Hunter Mountain
Located in the northern Catskill mountains only 2 1/2 hours from downtown New York. Comprised of 3 separate areas for skiers and snowboarders from beginner to expert.
Maple Ski Ridge
Family ski center in upstate New York.
Peek N Peak Resort
Ski resort and conference center located in southwestern New York. Includes trail map and ski report.
Polar Peak Ski Resort
Private ski resort open to friends and family only. Located just off the Taconic State Parkway in the town of Taghkanic, New York. Includes trail map.
Scotch Valley Resort
Located in the Northern Catskill mountains of New York. Includes trail map and ski report.
Ski Plattekill
Skiing in Roxbury west of Albany, New York.
Ski Windham
Located in the Northern Catskill Mountains of New York.
Snow Ridge Ski Area
Located in Turin, in central New York. Includes trail map and ski report.
Song Mountain
Located in Tully, NY off of I-81.
Swain Ski Center
Ski and snowboard center 50 miles south of Rochester, New York.
Thunder Ridge Ski Area
90 minutes from New York City, 20 minutes from Danbury, Connecticut.
Titus Mountain
Located in the foothills of the Adirondacks near Malone, New York.
Tug Hill
Located west of New York's Adirondack Mountains. Alpine and cross country trails. Includes ski report.
West Mountain Ski Center
Ski, snowboarding and tubing in Glen Falls, New York. Trail map and ski report.
Boasts the highest vertical drop in the east.
Whiteface Club
Adirondack cross country skiing resort located in Lake Placid, New York.
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