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Ski the Adirondacks this Winter and Conquer the Best

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2017-12-23 10:39:00

When winter hits the northeast, hitting the slopes is a top priority for skiers everywhere. This winter, whether you’re a beginner wanting to take on the bunny hill for the first time, or you’ve been conquering black diamond trails practically since birth, visit one of these ski resorts in the Adirondacks for an experience unlike any other—right here in Upstate New York.

Whiteface Mountain—Lake Placid

Whiteface Mountain  is arguably one of the more famous names in northeastern ski resorts, and for good reason. Located in Lake Placid, the town that played host to the winter Olympics twice, Whiteface is a powder hound’s paradise. The ski area boasts plenty of superlatives— it has the biggest vertical drop east of the Rockies, and it’s also home to the famed Wilmington Trail, which is over 2 miles long and the longest intermediate trail in the Northeast.

It’s more than one mountain, too; there are three peaks within the 22-mile expanse at Whiteface, and that area is home to 86 different ski trails. There’s also a renowned five-star ski and snowboard school, an expansive ski lodge with plenty of restaurants and amenities, and Cloudsplitter gondola rides for those who are interested in taking in the views without skiing back down.

Gore Mountain—North Creek

Though they’re not too far apart, don’t make the mistake of thinking that Gore Mountain lives in Whiteface’s shadow. This ski resort is a treasure in its own right, with four peaks and 110 different trails to choose from, serviced by 14 ski lifts. Whiteface may be higher, but Gore is the biggest ski mountain in the Northeast, which means its footprint is more spread out—Gore’s longest ski run is nearly 4.5 miles long.

It’s also home to the North Creek Ski Bowl, a historic hub in at the foot of Little Gore Mountain that’s still alive and well today. There are also five different lodges spread around the resort, with food options and places to warm up, along with a snow sports school of its own offering lessons, camps, and other instructional programs for kids and adults.

West Mountain—Queensbury

While perhaps not as famous as its counterparts deeper within the blue line, West Mountain in Queensbury  has plenty to offer of its own accord, plus a convenient location between Lake George and Saratoga Springs that makes it easily accessible since it’s just a few miles off the Northway, I-87. West Mountain’s 30 trails are spread out over 126 acres with pretty views of the nearby mountains as well as the Hudson River, and its mix of steep and gentle hills make it easy to find appropriate terrain for everyone from beginners to experts.

Those who aren’t so keen on skiing can hit up the mountain’s tubing trails, an awesome way to relive childhood memories and create new ones. There’s a lodge and a bar, too, plus ski and snowboard lessons and kids’ camps available throughout the winter.

posted at: 2017-12-23 10:39:00, last updated: 2021-04-06 15:51:47

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