Downhill Biking at NYS Olympic Mountain
In recent years Whiteface Mountain has grown from a single purpose ski area to a multi-sport, four-season attraction. One of the most popular summertime activities at the mountain is downhill biking. The same world-class vertical drop that hosted the 1980 Olympic alpine skiing events also happens to be absolutely ideal for downhill mountain biking.
Check out a map of the terrain here.
Whiteface has beginner and intermediate terrain from their shuttle vehicle, which meets riders at the base area and takes them up to a mid-point on the mountain. There are several trails to pick from with varying degrees of difficulty. Your friendly shuttle driver is an excellent person to ask for a recommendation. Most full suspension mountain bikes with disc brakes are suitable for the lower mountain terrain. Lower mountain riders can expect two to three runs per hour.
The terrain serviced by the Cloudsplitter Gondola is for experienced downhill riders only. The trails from the top of Little Whiteface are delightfully tight, technical, and rocky. Each run is a thrill as you descend the 2,456 feet of vertical terrain back down to the gondola. These well-maintained, wooded trails run between the ski trails. Riders can expect one to two runs per hour from the gondola.
In the Base Lodge, bike park manager “Downhill Mike” will help you choose the right bike to rent, appropriate protective equipment, and help you decide if you’re ready to tackle the challenge of the upper mountain. In the Base Lodge you will also find a full bicycle service center should your trusty ride need any repairs throughout the day, as well as accessories for sale in case you left your gloves at home.
The Bike Park at Whiteface is famous for its inclusive atmosphere. Most days riders, trail crew workers, and other mountain employees meet at the top of the gondola for one last run to finish the day together. Whiteface Mountain’s Bike Park is one of the region’s greatest attractions. Whether you’re a seasoned downhill enthusiast or just looking to try it for the first time, make sure to stop by and see for yourself.
After a fun day of epic mountain biking in the Adirondacks, be sure to stop into a local restaurant and recharge for another day on the hill! Check out our stay packages — many of the lodging properties offer specials for Adirondack mountain bikers.