#8 overall resort in the East
#5 for challenging terrain in the East
#3 for dining, apres and Scenery in the East
- Ski Magazine 2012 Resort Survey
2hrs drive from Montreal
5hrs drive from Boston & New York
FREE LAKE PLACID OLYMPIC PASSPORT with every lift ticket purchased
Many readers think Whiteface is either "cold" or "icy" or "cold and icy." In fact, it's hard to believe it's any worse than the Vermont mountains visible across the lake. Anyway, that's generally where the complaints end and the praise begins. "Huge mountain," says one reader. "A wonderful, white, steep rush!" With the East's longest vert—3,430 feet—Whiteface serves up sustained runs and unspoiled views (no. 7 for Challenge, no. 2 for Scenery). And nearby Lake Placid, the two-time Winter Olympics host, offers an unusual wealth of dining (no. 3) and après (no. 3). But it's the off-hill activities that really shine, thanks to all those Olympic facilities. "Bobsled ride is a true bucket-list experience," one reader promises. So put on an extra layer and enjoy a massive mountain, gorgeous scenery and "the best ski town anywhere."
Surrounding Whiteface are the charming, authentic towns of Wilmington and Lake Placid - home to the 1932 & 1980 Winter Olympics. Here you can try your hand at bobsled, ice skating, ski jumping or nordic skiing at one of the Olympic venues. At night you can check out one of the several bars, restaurants and shops that has made Whiteface - the #2 resort for dining options in the East.
There is so much to do both on and off the mountain so it is no wonder that the readers of Ski Magazine have ranked Whiteface #3 ski resort in the Eastern US.
FREE shuttle to the mountain & FREE parking at base of ski area.
Après Spot » The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery serves delicious craft brews; the Cottage is cozy and lakeside.
On-Hill Lunch » For a refined, waitstaffed experience, try the J. Lohr bar and café, downstairs in the base lodge.
Welcome to Whiteface, the Olympic Mountain. It has the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies and trails for everyone in your family. Whiteface opened in 1958 and has earned its place in the annals of big-mountain skiing. It has the greatest vertical drop in the east, which means if pointing the boards downhill is your thing, you'll have plenty of opportunities. 86 runs (a third of which are rated for experts), 11 lifts including a gondola, terrain parks, adrenaline-pumping, between-the-trees skiing and six mountainside restaurants. Whiteface is the Olympic Mountain, which means not only can you carve the same turns as the world's best racers, you can visit the other Olympic facilities, like the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex, just down the road.
Whiteface stands tall, but it's within reach of skiers and riders of all levels. The Kids Kampus provides a safe, fun place for families who are just learning to set an edge. And the Snowsports Pros are here to help people of all ages and abilities hone their skills and become as good as they want to be.
The lift ticket also allows skiing at Gore Mountain, approx. 1 hr drive away.
With 94 alpine trails including 19 glades, Gore Mountain is home to 2,537 vertical feet and the most skiable acreage in New York State. The expansion to Little Gore Mountain at the historic North Creek Ski Bowl, the development of Burnt Ridge Mountain, and now five different terrain park areas mean your day of shredding at Gore just got better! A snowmaking system powered by the mighty Hudson River delivers you a long season of quality cruising.
Fourteen lifts - including the high-speed eight-passenger Northwoods Gondola- will deliver you to nine sides of Gore's four unique peaks (Gore, Bear, Burnt Ridge, & Little Gore Mountains).