Whiteface and Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks and Belleayre in the Catskills are three of the best ski areas on the East Coast. The regions are owned by New York State and operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks
The Whiteface Mountain is definitely at the top of the list for ski areas. The world-class area part of the Adirondacks is the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics, where in addition to skiing, guests can visit Olympic venues and ever participate in biathlon, skate at the Olympic Oval, or drive a coaster down the bobsled track.
Both ski enthusiasts and professionals know Whiteface for the greatest vertical – 3340 ft. from the summit at 4867 ft, of any lift-serviced mountain not just in the Adirondacks but every mountain in the Northwest. A total of 13 lifts is serving the five terrain parks but the area also offers 34 acres of glades and 300 skiable acres.
Apart from taking the Olympics ride and experiencing what it was like to be there in the 1980s, visitors can enjoy the new Sky Flyer Zipline, the new SkyRide Experience, an 8-person gondola, a new glass-enclosed elevator ride to the top of the ski jumps, and many other activities.
While there is no lodging in the mountain there are dozens of lovely ins, AirBnBs, hotels, and resorts that are within walking distance to many of the attractions.
The Adirondacks Offer Even More Winter Activities
It’s clear – the Adirondacks is one of the best choices for skiing and snowboarding. However, there are many other ways to experience the mountain that include hiking (visitors can hike the five fire tower trails even in the winter), cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, pond hockey, ice skating, and ice fishing.
Ausable Chasm offers winter tours of frozen waterfalls and spectacular sights that are just an hour away from Lake Placid. There are also plenty of boutique shops and restaurants that would take you in from the cold. All of this can be experienced with the new virtual service tour – The Adirondack Wayfinder.