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Skiing in the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Region, New York State 2025

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Best time: late November–mid-April (best in February–March)

Skiing in the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Region
Skiing in the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Region
Village of Lake Placid and Ski Jumps taken from Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Track
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The Adirondacks are made up of 160 mi (260 km) of mountain peaks, making it a premier region for alpine skiing in New York state. Lake Placid hosted the winter Olympic games in 1980 and still offers Olympic-quality skiing and snowboarding experiences at Whiteface Mountain, which boasts a vertical drop of 3,430 ft (1,045 m), the biggest in the Northeast. The ski season in the Adirondacks generally runs from late November through mid-April. However, February is usually the best month in terms of snowfall. March offers the thinnest crowds and decent cold weather with plenty of snow to enjoy.

Getting to the Adirondacks from NYC

The Adirondacks region can be reached from NYC by car via I-87 North in about 4.5 hours. There is also an Amtrack train from NYC to Montreal that stops near Lake Placid. Finally, NYC Snow Bus and other operators offer weekend ski trips to Whiteface Mountain.

Best ski resorts: Whiteface, Gore, Titus

Whiteface Mountain, also called the Olympic Mountain, is the most famous and popular ski destination in the state. It also offers the most attractions, like the Olympic museum, cross-country skiing, ski jumps, and bobsled rides. However, most people are attracted by its excellent ski terrain that features a 3,430-ft (1,045-m) vertical drop and excellent off-piste experience at Whiteface Slides. Whiteface is located in 9 mi (15 km) from Lake Placid, offering 23 mi (37 km) of skiable slopes for riders of various levels. There are ten lifts and a vast winter sports area. The mountain top is famous for its panoramic views of the Adirondack range, Lake Champlain, and western Vermont. Gore Mountain features the most skiable terrain in New York (36 mi or 58 km and 12 lifts), which means that it never gets too crowded. It's not as challenging and famous as Whiteface Mountain, however, it also has its advantages. It's located closer to New York City and Albany. Its vast, polished, and diverse terrain has its own challenges, and the views are no less beautiful. And it's also a family-friendly resort that offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Titus Mountain is a more affordable ski resort, located in Malone, NY, by the Canadian border, in proximity to Montreal and Ottawa. It offers 16 mi (27 km) of family-friendly terrain and ten lifts. There is snow tubing, snowmobiling, and night skiing.

Practical info

When can be Adirondacks region skied?

The season runs from late November to mid-April. February is the month with the best snowfall. The slopes still boast plenty of snow in March, with less crowd and good cold weather. Show more

How to arrive at Adirondacks region and where is it located?

Located in northern New York state, the Adirondacks region's scenic mountain ranges can be accessed via I-87 North in about 4.5 hours by car from New York City or Albany. Another option is traveling from NYC to Montreal via Amtrack, with a stop near Lake Placid. Ski weekend trips to Whiteface Mountain are offered by NYC Snow Bus and other operators. Show more

What is the extent of the vertical drop at Whiteface Mountain?

Whiteface Mountain is renowned and famous among skiers of all levels for its skiing terrain and boasts the Northeast’s largest vertical drop: 3,430 feet (1,045 meters). The Whiteface Slides deliver an excellent off-piste experience, and the peak provides panoramic views of the Adirondack range, western Vermont, and Lake Champlain. Show more

What other activities are offered at Titus Mountain apart from skiing?

Titus Mountain near the Canadian border is an inexpensive and family-oriented ski resort in Malone, NY. In addition to the ten lifts and 16 miles of slopes, visitors can enjoy activities like snow tubing, snowmobiling, and night skiing. It is also popular among weekend skiers as it is readily accessible from Montreal and Ottawa. Show more

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