Whiteface Mountain Resort

Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee

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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall90″ 69″

Whiteface Mountain Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.3 / 5
based on 14 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5May 25, 2012
never too packed and its a fun mountain. everyone is very nice and weekday packages are great there. always snow too
Very Good!4 / 5Jan 26, 2012
I love it. No lift lines, great vert. a bit icy at times but well worth the drive.
Superb!5 / 5Dec 27, 2009
Simply put, the best challenging terrain on the east. Can drive from NY. The nostolgic olympic village has great food, cheap lodging, good nightlife, and plenty of activities off the mountain. Perfect in winter or summer. Village is always filled with nice people Local & tourist)ready to spark up a conversation.
Superb!5 / 5Dec 31, 2007
It's a former Olympic mountain with great trails and beautiful scenery. It's also close enough to drive to for the family.

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