Winter fun is just outside the door!
In the Whiteface Region, we know how to do winter. When the temperature drops and the snow flies, there is no place you'd rather be than here. With dramatic mountain scenery, attractions galore, surprisingly affordable lodging and loads of adventure right outside the door, we have it all! Whether you're a hardcore shredder and want to spend the day on the slopes or have big aspirations of curling up next to a warm fire with a good book and a mug of hot cocoa, there is a place for you in the Whiteface Region this winter.
With the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies, Whiteface Mountain has all of the makings for a memorable day, from first chair to last. With almost 300 acres of skiable and rideable terrain, there are options for everyone. Feeling a little overwhelmed by the olympic mountain? No worries, there are plenty of tips and tricks to help you prepare for an epic day on the slopes, and lots of local mountain veterans who are willing to give up some of the mountain’s secrets so that you'll leave feeling like a gold medal athlete.
Make Tracks Any Day Of The Week
As irony would have it, conditions are almost always better mid-week. Or does it just seem that way? Either way, why not escape the weekend crowds and head to the mountain on a Wednesday? Oh, right, Wednesdays are a work day. No sweat, we propose you take a mental health day and call in “sick.” After all, fresh air and groomers are good for the soul.
Don't forget to plan ahead to make sure your Whiteface trip is the best it can be! Purchase tickets online in advance, get caught up on all the new happenings, and get an update on the latest health & safety protocols.
Fresh Air And Open Spaces
There's no need to go far to find the best of the Whiteface Region in winter. Adventures big and small await nearby, with countless miles of fantastic trails for snowshoe, cross-country ski, high peaks climbing, fat tire bike thrills, and so much wide open space!
One of the absolutely coolest places to visit in the winter is the Flume Trail system, set alongside the picturesque Ausable River, and located just 2.0 miles from Wilmington, with almost 10 miles of skiable, hikeable, and rideable trails fit for all ages and abilities. Set alongside the picturesque Ausable River, some of the trails even lead to breathtaking cascades. Caution - ice along the river can be beautiful but it can also be slippery.
Stay, Play and Explore
Aside from hitting the slopes or traversing miles of trail, there are tons of options to fill out your day with some of the other fun in the area. Few places have so many convenient and easily accessible options, and you'll find plenty to do, like visiting Santa's reindeer, spending time shopping in this amazing artist's community, or even testing your skill at ice fishing. New to winter exploration? Check out High Falls Gorge where maintained walkways over and alongside the Ausable River gorge bring you safely up close to experience the awesome ice formations. Another spot along the Ausable River with a scenic winter backdrop is the covered bridge in Jay, the last remaining covered bridge in northern New York and a spectacular place to visit in any season (but especially in winter). After you see all that the Whiteface region has to offer, you'll want to tailor a custom getaway that's all your own!
Love your ADK
Part of recreating and experiencing the Adirondacks is understanding how to protect the lands, waters, and communities we all know and love. With millions of visitors each year, the Adirondacks are clearly cherished by many. However you choose to spend your time here, we know the Adirondacks hold a special place in your heart. That is why we ask you to #LoveYourADK and practice safe, responsible recreation when outdoors. By working together, we preserve the wild, natural wonder of the Adirondacks for generations to come.
There is nothing quite like winter fun, but remember, preparedness is key. Cold temperatures and changing weather conditions that come with winter require careful planning to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure. By following these tips and guidelines, you’ll be sure to have the time of your life and, as a bonus, you’ll be better prepared for your next trip outdoors.