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 the Cloudsplitter 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 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


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.


New at Whiteface for 2015-16


Bear Den Mountain

Our learn to ski & ride area is now 100% covered by snowmaking


Whiteface continues to build its robust snowmaking network. This year we've added a new TF-10 fan gun, which can convert 200 gallons of water per minute into snow! This makes the TF-10 one of the most powerful yet quietest fan guns on the market today. Additionally, we've upgraded 54 other snow guns to be up to 60% more efficient.


A new PistenBully 600 free groomer has been added to the fleet (now totaling 10). The new cat will facilitate more efficient grooming and better overall snow quality management.  Put simply, this means better corduroy for everyone.

Base Lodge Expansion 

Our team has reconfigured a large portion of the entryway to increase fluidity of movement for our guests during peak visitation times. The new, more open floor plan should ensure more comfortable movement throughout the lodge even on our busiest days.

The solarium project is now complete, offering comfortable and convenient seating for up to 100 additional guests in the Base Camp Cafeteria.

Continuing Investment

Our team's commitment to responsible stewardship has lead us to enter into a 25 year agreement to utilize clean solar power.  This initiative is akin to removing over 46,000 cars from the road.  Whiteface is also continuing to make the move to high efficiency lighting both indoors and out.  

Winter Operating Schedule

  • Opening Date: November 27, 2015
  • Tentative Closing Date: April 3, 2016 - Weather permitting, Whiteface Mountain may extend the season.  Stay up to date with our conditions report.
  • Whiteface may open early or extend the season based on snow conditions
  • Whiteface will be open during all winter holidays 

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 services vertical drop

Whiteface Number of Trails: 87

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 3:00pm for the next day or at the ORDA Store, Main Street Lake Placid

Hours of Operation

Lower Lifts Open: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Upper Lifts Open: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Cloudsplitter Gondola: 8:30am - 3:30pm (foot passengers last ride up at 3:15pm)
Ticket Booths: 8:00am - 3:30pm | 7:30am on weekends and holidays

Whiteface Cub Camp Nursery Hours

8:15am - 4:00pm

Whiteface Rental Shop

8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 5:00pm weekends and holidays

Inches of Annual Snowfall 
Ten Year Average200

12:00 - 5:00 pm - Cloudsplitter Gondola Rides
7:30 pm - Fireworks Show sponsored by KOA Holiday
Live Music & Activities throughout the day

Oktoberfest - Oct. 1-2, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Cloudsplitter Gondola Rides
Live Music & Activities throughout the day

Oktoberfest - Oct. 1-2, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Summer Cloudsplitter Gondola
Cloudsplitter Gondola Ride
Availability: Summer & Winter
Experience all the majesty of the Adirondack High Peaks from the comfort of a eight passenger high-speed gondola cabin!
Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway
Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway
Availability: Summer
Drive to the top of New York State's 5th highest peak and take in the spectacular 360-degree views of the Adirondacks!
Adventure Zone at Whiteface Mountain NY
Adventure Zone
Availability: Summer
Balance, bounce, climb, and slide you cares away all day long in the Whiteface Adventure Zone
Downhill Mountain Biking at Whiteface Mountain NY
Downhill Mountain Biking
Availability: Summer
27 of the best trails in the east, serviced by a shuttle bus and eight passenger gondola. What more could a downhiller ask for?
Airbag Jump at the Whiteface Adventure Park
Airbag Jump
Availability: Summer
Experience a Hollywood style stunt fall of up to 30 feet!
4 x 4 Alpine Expeditions at Whiteface Mountain NY
4 x 4 Alpine Expeditions
Availability: Summer
Explore trails at Whiteface without breaking a sweat on one of our 4 x 4 tours
Nature Trek
Availability: Summer
Explore Whiteface and Stag Brook Falls on a Nature Trek along the West Branch of the Ausable River.
Disc Golf
Availability: Summer
Disc Golf, it's easy to learn, easy to enjoy and just $5
Yoga on the Mountain
Availability: Summer
Relax, breathe deep, and bask in the majesty of the Adirondack High Peaks