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Winter and Wilmington — perfect together!

It’s impossible to ignore Whiteface Mountain, as it towers above everything around it. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to the slopes to carve turns on the mountain’s 86 trails and 300 ski-able acres. Snowmaking ensures there’s a healthy base, and the ski area has enough terrain to keep beginners and expert skiers happy for days on end. There’s even a free shuttle bus from Lake Placid to help get you there!

Whiteface is big on everything, including events! Don’t miss the Santa Skis Free Day, an event in which anyone dressed as Santa gets to ski for free. It’s a sight to behold with or without a fuzzy red costume. And there’s no better way to end the season than the annual pond skimming contest.

Get close to nature

If you’d rather hike you can snowshoe up one of Whiteface’s three trails for outstanding 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. It’s an all-day adventure, so plan accordingly. For a much easier snowshoe check out Cobble Lookout, where the view is grand but the effort is minimal. The Flume Trails are even mellower, and they’re perfect for cross-country skiing.

While it’s fun to wander the Flume Trails, it’s even more fun to try them on a fat tire bike. Wilmington is home to the best mountain biking in the Adirondacks, and our ever-expanding trail networks were designed to ease novices into the sport and to challenge seasoned riders. Hit up the Flume Trails or the Hardy Road Trails and get in on this thriving new scene! 

There are few things as beautiful as the waterfalls and whitewater of High Falls Gorge bedecked in snow and ornate ice sculptures forged by nature’s hands. You don’t need to be an expert of the outdoors to see this amazing place up close — rent snowshoes and let the railings, bridges, and walkways make access easy.

Turn left for apres ski action

Head into Wilmington after your day on the slopes and cozy up to the bar, enjoy a fantastic meal, and treat yourself to an upscale room or rent a cabin for the full Adirondack experience!

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