Whiteface Mountain Resort

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Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee

Overall

4.5

Whiteface is known for its gnarly expert terrain and has even hosted the Winter Olympics not once but twice! It has the second-largest vertical drop in the East and while its black diamonds are quite the drawcard for advanced skiers, beginners will be pretty happy with their dedicated area. The upper mountain can suffer from wind exposure and while sometimes the lack of snowfall and poor snow quality can be questionable, there is extensive snowmaking on 99% of its trails (besides The Slides and The Glades). There is no accommodation at the base of the mountain so make your way over to Lake Placid after a day on the slopes.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Whiteface Mountain Resort vs
Whiteface Mountain ResortBelleayre
beginner20 %22 %
intermediate42 %58 %
advanced38 %10 %
expert-10 %
total runs86 50
ski area288ac 171ac
summit elevation4,650ft 3,429ft
total lifts11 8
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$94 $68
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall90″ 69″

Whiteface Mountain Resort Reviews

Fabulous

4.3 / 5

based on 14 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Fabulous!

4.3 / 5

May 02, 2018
Erik F. Erik F.
expert skier
Great expert mountain with a large variety of black diamond trails. Steep groomed trails, steep race trails, steep trees, steep bumps, long steeps. You get the picture. Long runs unlike any other on the east coast. Skyward rivals any in bound trail in the us for beauty, fun and fast , smooth pitch. It also can brag about it was an Olympic... More
Average!

3.2 / 5

Dec 03, 2017
YKYanni K.
advanced skier
One of the best places in the East. Am Olympic mountain, steep and ice. Lift prices are high and gets crowded. The town is great. Look for the powder days or ski after mid March, because is less crowded and lower ticket prices. Unfortunately they don't allow uphill skinning.... More
Good!

3.7 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Great place to find some steeps in New York, there is a reason the Olympics was held here. The staff is super friendly and they do a pretty good job on their parks. Placid Lake is pretty fun spot to chill and has a good amount of options to recoup some calories and wash them down. ... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
KWKurt W.
expert skier
Depends what time of the year you are there. Spring is the best. The cloud spin lodge is great for a beer or two as well. Slides are the best if you can get there when they are open.... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
APAaron P.
intermediate skier
My experience at Whiteface has always been a fantastic one. I have always enjoyed my time on the mountain except sometimes it can get quite icy. But I’ve been going there for years now and will continue to go for years to come!... More
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
SSStephen S.
advanced snowboarder
Love this resort!!! Went every powder day last year and can’t get enough of it. Probably driving up there today to see the snowfall as they get the mountain ready for the 17/18 ski season. ... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 21, 2017
JRLJason R L.
Skiing at Whiteface is a quintessential Eastern US experience. You have The Slides, icy conditions, terrain parks for those who want - not me and some great cruisers. Be careful on cold windy days!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 20, 2017
RTReed T.
Whiteface is a great mountain to develope your skills at. The conditions are usually great and there is a wide variety of terrain to choose from. The staff is professional and the scenery is the best New York has to offer.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 25, 2013
JJim
Only two hours from the house and they have the best kids learning area that I have ever seen and I have been to more than my fair share of ski resorts.
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 19, 2013
RRich
I love Lake Placid, and nearby Whiteface Mountain. Lake Placid has put many years of effort into making itself a beautiful and desirable destination. And while you will still find the tacky t-shirt shop, they have a lot more
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