Skiing New York

Upstate has more than 50 ski areas

The Empire State provides a variety of terrain from the high peaks of the Adirondacks to the rolling hills of the Catskills.

Whiteface Lake Placid boasts the highest peak summit of any ski resort in the entire Eastern United States at 4,867 feet and was home to the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Gore Mountain, located in North Creek, offers the most skiable acres of any other resort in the state.

Windham Mountain prides itself on providing a family friendly experience for all ages and skiing abilities.

Belleayre Mountain, located in the Catskill Mountains in Highmount, is steeped in skiing history and only a few short hours from New York City.

Find a Ski Resort near you.

Here is a listing by regions Upstate.

Adirondacks Region

·         Gore Mountain                       Maple Ski Ridge

·         McCauley Mountain           Mt. Pisgah Recreation Center

·         Mt. Van Hoevenberg XC   Oak Mountain

·         Royal Mountain                     Titus Mountain

·         West Mountain                      Whiteface Mountain

·         Willard Mountain

Catskills Region

·         Belleayre Mountain             Hunter Mountain

·         Plattekill Mountain               Windham Mountain

Central NY Region

·         Brantling Ski Slopes             Camillus Ski Association

·         Cazenovia Ski Club               Dry Hill Ski Area

·         Four Seasons                           Greek Peak Mountain Resort

·         Labrador Mountain               Snow Ridge Ski Area

·         Song Mountain                        Toggenburg Mountain

·         Woods Valley Ski Area

Hudson Valley Region

·         Catamount Ski Area                Mount Peter

·         Rocking Horse Ranch            Thunder Ridge Ski Area

Western NY Region

·         Bristol Mountain                       Buffalo Ski Club

·         Holiday Valley Resort              HoliMont Ski Area

·         Hunt Hollow Ski Club               Kissing Bridge

·         Peek n Peak Resort                  Powder Mills Park

·         Swain Resort

                               Learn more  about Sports in New York State.

  Snow Skiiing Basics

Skiing is a recreational activity and a competitive winter sport in which the participant uses skis to glide on snow. Snow skiing is an Olympic sport.

Alpine skiing, called downhill skiing, typically takes place at a ski resort on defined trails down a mountain called runs.  The degree of difficulty of a run is determined by its slope, snow conditions, the presence of trees and other factors.  Because alpine equipment is difficult to walk in, ski lifts, including chairlifts, bring skiers up the slope to the top of a run. Alpine skiing branched off from the older Nordic skiing around the 1920s, when the advent of ski lifts meant that it was not necessary to walk up a run or trail.

The Nordic disciplines include cross-country skiing and ski jumping, which both use bindings that attach at the toes of the skier’s boots but not at the heels. Cross-country skiing may be practiced on groomed trails or in undeveloped backcountry areas. Ski jumping is practiced at specific areas that are designated for ski jumping only.

Snow covered golf courses are a popular location for recreational cross country skiing.

Snowboarding is a recreational activity and Olympic and Paralympic sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet.

The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing. It was developed in the United States in the 1960s, became a Winter Olympic Sport at Nagano in 1998 and first featured in the Winter Paralympics at Sochi in 2014.