Getting close to winter has never felt better
Whether you’re down low or up high, winter in the Whiteface Region is a sight to behold. There are few things as beautiful as the icy waterfalls and foaming whitewater of High Falls Gorge set against a backdrop of ice-coated rocky cliffs. You don’t need to be an outdoor expert to see this amazing place up close — the railings, bridges, and walkways make access easy for a range of abilities and microspikes are available for icy and snowy days. If you’re into Adirondack wildlife, be sure to swing by the Adirondack Wildlife Rehab and Refuge Center, a place dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick or injured animals, to learn about some of our local critters. And of course, Whiteface Mountain towers over the valley.
It's not really winter until skiing starts, but rest assured our winters are long, powdery, and full of mountain fun. At Whiteface Mountain, skiiers and riders of all ages and abilities will enjoy everything from the gentle Bear Den Mountain to some genuinely exhilarating double black diamond trails. Whiteface is the 5th highest mountain in the state and has the greatest vertical drop in the east, providing great views and memorable adventures.
Cross-country skiers have plenty of options, as well, on scenic trails winding through snowglobe-worthy forests. Many hiking trails become back-country cross-country skiing trails in the winter. It's a great way to get out in the fresh air and enjoy beautiful scenery.
Colder weather and snowy conditions don't have to keep you from hiking. Snowshoeing is an enjoyable way to hike our beautiful trails, providing views not many get to experience. Some hikes, like the one to Cobble Lookout, offer outstanding views with minimal effort, while all-day outings include any of the three long, steep trails to the summit of Whiteface, where 360 degrees of wintry views await. Don’t feel like walking? Take a more modern approach to mountaineering with a gondola ride to the 3,767-foot summit of Little Whiteface.
The view from up here
The panorama from Whiteface is a breathtaking overview of the region — just imagine the things you can do here!
Winter is a great time for events in the Whiteface Region. We celebrate everything from Christmas to snowy sports and our Olympic history.
Here are some not-to-miss events:
- Santa Ski Day at Whiteface Mountain — Where else will you see a mountain full of Santas? Dress as the jolly man and ski for free!
- Village of Lights at Santa's Workshop — Carol your way into the holiday spirit at the North Pole
- Empire State Winter Games — Cheer on some of the best athletes in the state as they race down the slopes of Whiteface
PLAN AHEAD — YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS!