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Home of two of the Jewels of the Northeast; Gore Mountain & Whiteface Mountain. From North Creek to Lake Placid, there are thousands of wonderful Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Trails!

Downhill Skiing | Cross Country Skiing

ADIRONDACK DOWNHILL SKIING

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.

FACTS
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

Directions

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.

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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