Whiteface - The Olympic Mountain

World-class Skiing in the Adirondacks

When you get to the top of Whiteface Mountain, you'll be at the top of Northeast skiing. No ski mountain in the east reaches higher than ours. Around you, dozens of Adirondack peaks jut into the horizon. The fresh air filling your lungs has just blown over a protected park larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite, combined. And below you lie trails that have led Olympic athletes to glory. American Phil Mahre won silver here in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Andrew Weibrecht, a Lake Placid local who grew up skiing at Whiteface, earned a Bronze Medal in Super G at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and a Silver at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics! It's your turn.

Activities for All Seasons

Whiteface opened in 1958 and has earned its place in the annals of big-mountain skiing. It has the greatest vertical drop in the east, which means if pointing the boards downhill is your thing, you'll have plenty of opportunities. We regularly stage major national and international skiing events, yet welcome first-time skiers and riders every day. We have 87 trails (a third of which are rated for expert skiers), 11 lifts including a gondola, terrain parks, adrenaline-pumping glades skiing, and six Whiteface restaurants. Whiteface is the Olympic Mountain, which means not only can you carve the same turns as the world's best racers, you can visit the other Olympic facilities, like the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex, just down the road in Lake Placid.  This is a place that has brought the best out of world-class athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, all-mountain skiers and riders and beginners for years. It's your turn.

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Mailing Address: PO Box 1980, Wilmington, NY 12997  |  Physical Address: 5021 Route 86, Wilmington, NY 12997  |  Phone: 518.946.2223

  • Seasonal Information
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  • Summer

New This Season At Whiteface

Kids Kampus (Bear Den Mountain)

Whiteface Mountain's learn to ski area has been renamed and rebranded. It's now called the Bear Den Mountain. The lodge has also been renovated and the deck has been converted to indoor space. This has allowed for expanded ticketing and rental areas, while creating a better flow of traffic and creating more room for skiers, riders and families.

Trail Widening

Both the Upper Valley (intermediate) and the Wilmington (intermediate) trails have been widened. The Upper Valley Trail, which is located off of the Facelift Chair, has been widened by 25 feet to the skiers' right, while more space has also been added to the skiers' right of the Wilmington Trail's long straight-away, just ahead of the Lookout Below trail.

Base Lodge Expansion

The lodge's outdoor ticket booth has been removed. It's been replaced by a new locker and changing area with direct access to the Mixing Bowl trail, the Cloudsplitter Gondola or the Facelift quad chair. The new space will accommodate up to 40 to 50 additional skiers and riders. New furniture has also been brought into the Cloudspin Lounge.


Whiteface has added another 100 low-energy, high-efficiency snow guns to its fleet. The resort has also upgraded its pumping capacity from the pump house. This is a multi-stage project that will take a few years to complete, but once it's finished it will allow for the use of more efficient snow guns by distributing water at a higher pressure.


This summer, Whiteface Mountain purchased a new Pistenbully Park Bully Pro Stealth Edition, which is one of only two in the country. The Pisten Bully will be used to help maintain the mountain's five terrain parks. A new winch cat has also been added to the resort's fleet.



Winter Operating Schedule

  • Opening Date: November 16th  2014
  • Tentative Closing Date: April 12th  2015
  • Whiteface may extend season pending snow conditions
  • Whiteface will be open Christmas day December 25th 2014

Whiteface Mountain Elevation

  • Base Elevation: 1,220'
  • Little Whiteface Elevation: 3,676'
  • Lookout Mountain Elevation: 4,000'
  • Highest Lift Terminus: 4,386'
  • Highest Skiable Terrain: The Slides at 4,650'
  • Peak Elevation: 4,867'

Whiteface Mountain Vertical Drop

  • 3,430 feet — The greatest vertical drop in the east
  • 3,166 feet — Lift serviced vertical drop

Whiteface Number of Trails


Longest Run on Whiteface

Wilmington Trail at 2.1 miles (total skiing and riding over 22 miles)

Whiteface Mountain Skiable Acres

  • 288 acres
  • 35 acres of in-bounds, off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain skiing on The Slides (conditions permitting)
  • 53 acres of glades skiing

Whiteface Terrain

  • 38% Expert
  • 42% Intermediate
  • 20% Beginner

Snowmaking at Whiteface

98% coverage using 335 guns and 40 miles of pipe (excluding The Glades and The Slides)

Whiteface Mountain Lifts

  • 1 eight-passenger gondola
  • 1 high-speed detachable quad
  • 1 fixed quad
  • 2 triples
  • 5 doubles
  • 1 conveyor lift

Tickets may be purchased at Whiteface after 3:00 p.m. for the next day or at the ORDA Store Main Street Lake Placid.

Hours of Operation

Lower Lifts Open: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Upper Lifts Open: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cloudsplitter Gondola: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Foot passengers last ride up at 3:15 p.m.)
Ticket Booths: 8:00am – 3:30 p.m. | 7:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays.

Whiteface Cub Camp Nursery Hours

8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Whiteface Rental Shop

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays 

Annual Snowfall
Ten Year Average197

Summer at Whiteface

Whiteface may have made its name in winter, it has the highest vertical drop in the east, after all but it does summer pretty well too.  Standing on its summit, you'll gaze out at the six million acre Adirondack Park.  That's more than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined, thick with white pines and glistening with crystalline lakes and meandering trout streams.  Around you stand New York's tallest peaks. To the east, Lake Champlain and Vermont's Green Mountains, and below, the towns of Wilmington and Lake Placid, the Olympic Village.

The warmer months make Whiteface a natural setting for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, whether you're looking for the adrenaline rush of a 30' free-fall in to the Whiteface Airbag or just an afternoon of beautiful views with your family. Take a hike along the Stag Brook Falls trail or play a round of Disc Golf and check out the area's most exhilarating, challenging Mountain Biking terrain. If you're looking to see the sights without all hiking you can gather the family for a Scenic Cloudsplitter Gondola Ride to the summit of Little Whiteface, drive the Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway to the summit or head out on a 4X4 Alpine Expedition.