Submitted by guest blogger Eileen Mowrey
While some places muddle through the winter, the Whiteface Region thrives in the snow! Though lovely in the summer, winter brings new life to the charming villages and wild landscapes of this one-of-a-kind Adirondack destination. Imagine snow-capped mountains, glassy lakes, and fun-filled destinations that are even more magical this very special time of year. From Christmas card-worthy scenery to experiences the whole family will enjoy, the Whiteface Region has everything necessary to shake you free from cabin fever and make you fall in love with winter.
Not sure where to begin when it comes to winter? Visit these amazing Whiteface Region attractions!
Hit the slopes
Standing tall between Lake Placid and Wilmington, Whiteface Mountain is the predominant feature among the region’s scenery. It’s also one of the most popular destinations for winter visitors. With over 98% snowmaking coverage and the largest vertical drop this side of the Rockies, it’s easy to see why Whiteface is one of the premier ski destinations on the East Coast. Ride the gondola up to Little Whiteface and choose from 90 trails covering 25 miles on your way back to the base. Test your skills on jumps and rails as you maneuver the terrain park. Or, if you’re new to the sport, rent your gear and spend the day learning from the pros during a group or individual lesson at the learning center, Bear Den Mountain. With multiple dining opportunities, and plenty of cozy corners in the lodge to curl up with a cocoa or glass of wine, it’s a ski resort experience you and your family or friends will remember for a lifetime.
Walk on the wild side
Have you ever wondered what a wolf looks like playing in the snow? Wonder no more! The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge has three wolves and an enclosed viewing area from which you can watch their every move. They also have coyotes, bears, foxes, porcupines, and other creatures. Whether you’re an avid animal lover or just looking for a unique experience, the refuge welcomes all to come and learn more about their amazing animal residents. You’ll be so enthralled you won’t even notice the cold!
Enjoy a frosty view
Sight-seeing isn’t just a summer pastime. In fact, winter only magnifies the beauty of the Whiteface Region. Visit High Falls Gorge and revel in the magnificence of frozen waterfalls. If you thought they were beautiful during their free-flowing months, just wait until you see how the transformation of ice and snow adds to the allure of Adirondack waterfalls. It is as if time has stopped, and instead of the deafening roar of water you are surrounded by the still silence of winter. Find the same serenity atop Little Whiteface. That’s right, you don’t need to ski to enjoy the views! Stop into the lodge to pick up a gondola pass, then enjoy expansive views as you ride to the viewing deck. Snow adds new definition to the surrounding mountain tops, calling attention to every ridgeline, cliffside, and valley. Pictures won’t do it justice, but you should still take as many as you can!
Play in the snow
The mountains, lakes, and forests of the Adirondacks make up a vast playground waiting to be explored in every season. Snowshoe over hills and around lake shores on miles of trails found throughout the Whiteface Region. Flatter trails are perfect for classic cross-country skiing, or take your skis into the backcountry for a high adrenaline adventure. Once the local lakes have frozen over for the season you will see tiny huts dotting the surface – the unmistakable sign that ice fishing season has begun! You will be amazed what you’ll find living below the thick layer of ice that separates you from the water below. Mountain peaks are within your reach, too. With the right gear, winter hiking can be a great way to experience the rugged and breathtaking mountains that make the Whiteface Region so special.
Don’t let a little snow and cold slow you down. Let it fuel your winter fun instead! With plenty of cozy places to stay and a wide selection of restaurants for a soul-warming meal and an après ski drink, you’ll quickly discover why winter in the Whiteface Region is your perfect escape this season.