Skiing in the Adirondacks


Awe-inspiring mountain views. Sparkling powder, snowglobe-like glades, and exhilarating vertical drops. For skiers, the Adirondacks are a playland of excellent skiing on an array of mountains offering great runs for athletes of all ages and abilities. We've got the greatest vertical drop in the East at Whiteface Mountain, site of the alpine events at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. You don't have to be an Olympian to enjoy Whiteface's slopes; the mountain's 288 acres of trails ensure there is something for everyone.

Think that sounds great? Read on, because we have even more, in all corners of the Adirondack Park. Malone's Titus Mountain is a family favorite, offering more than 50 trails on three mountains. In fact, family offerings is Titus' specialty and in 2019 Liftopia named Titus the #2 family-friendly ski center in North America. Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake offers skiing and tubing with beautiful views just a few minutes from downtown. Pisgah's night skiing, torchlight races, and other special events make for unique and fun adventures. Night skiing can also be found at West Mountain, and McCauley Mountain in Old Forge is a destination for winter enthusiasts of all stripes!

For a vacation in the southern parts of the park, skiers can schuss their way to fun at Oak Mountain in Speculator and Gore Mountain in North Creek. Oak Mountain's 230 acres offer 22 runs with a perfect mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs, plus a terrain park offering plenty of features to explore. Oak Mountain is one of the oldest ski areas in the Adirondacks and is suitably beloved by locals and repeat visitors. The downhill adventures at Gore Mountain cover four mountains and 110 runs. As the closest ski center to the capital area, it's easy to get to, has great vertical drop, and is perfect for beginners and experts alike.

Be Kind, Be Patient, Have Fun

Things are a little different on the mountains this year, but we can all work together to make every ski day fun and safe! Check out our tips for making your winter ski adventure safe, fun, and healthy.

  • Plan Ahead! Some ski areas will require pre-purchase of tickets so be sure to plan ahead. Walk up ticket purchases may not always be available.

  • Many mountains are offering lessons only by reservation and group size is limited. Buy your lesson online so you don’t miss out! 

  • Cover up! Proper masks can help stop the spread of covid and other yuckies. Wear a mask at all times except when eating and riding. Shred it in safety and remember: a neck warmer is not a mask. 

  • In order to ride the lift, you must wear a double layer face mask in line and while boarding/exiting the lift. No mask, no lift! 

  • Stay socially distant. This means 6 feet away from others in the lodge and 15 feet on the slopes. Spread out and have fun!

  • Lines will be longer and lodge capacity will be reduced. Plan ahead and be patient. We’re all in the same ski boots! 

  • If you arrive together, you ride together. Who doesn’t love their own private ride up the mountain?

  • Amenities including shuttles, food and beverage, and retail will have limited capacity, so plan to be flexible: grab snacks, etc., when they're less busy and spend more time skiing and riding in the sweet fresh air.

  • Arrive as ready to go as possible and put your gear on at your vehicle. Leave your bags there if you can. 

  • Weekends tend to be busy, and with limited capacity, so why not consider mid-week travel? Shorter lines, less busy slopes: it’s a win win!

  • Don’t feel well? Stay home and rest up. 

  • The Adirondacks have other cool things to do, too! In case the slopes are busy, have a fun plan B so you can still have the best day ever. 

To help ensure a great experience, please check directly with the mountains to familiarize yourself with the mountain’s specific operating procedures.

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