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Whiteface 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.

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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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Season Schedule & Hours

Whiteface is now open for the season at our regular operating hours! We'll be open 7 days a week, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm including all winter holidays. You can stay up to date during the season with our conditions report. The season closing day will be April 9, 2017, but as always this date is weather dependent.

Mountain Hours of Operation

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

*Tickets may be purchased at Whiteface after 3:00 pm for the next day or at the ORDA Store on Main Street, Lake Placid

Whiteface Cub Camp Nursery Hours

  • Open 8:15 am - 4:00 pm & located in Bear Den Lodge

Whiteface Rental Shops

  • Base Lodge: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (weekends & holidays: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm)
  • Bear Den Lodge: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

First Tracks Program

First Tracks is a free program that runs on weekends and holiday periods, except for Christmas Day. Skiers and riders should be suited, booted, ticketed and ready to go at the Guest Services Desk by 7:45 am to participate. Available on a first come, first serve basis for 14 participants each day. Call Whiteface Guest Services at (518) 946-2223 (ext. 310) or email to reserve your spot. All participants must be at or above intermediate skiing or riding abilities.

Contact Information

  • Mailing address: P.O. Box 1980, Wilmington, NY 12997
  • Physical address: 5021 Route 86, Wilmington, NY 12997
  • Phone: (518) 946-2223
Santas Ski Free Day

Don your best Mr. or Mrs. Claus costume and head to Whiteface on Sunday, December 11th to ski or ride for free!

Santas Ski Free Day
8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Santas must arrive by 10:00 am for free lift ticket)
World Cup Freestyle

Moguls competition at Whiteface Mountain (a lift ticket is required to view this event)

World Cup Freestyle
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
World Cup Freestyle

Aerials competition at the Olympic Jumping Complex, including Night-Time Aerials Under the Lights!

World Cup Freestyle
1:30 - 10:00 pm
Cloudsplitter Gondola at Whiteface Mountain
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!
4 x 4 Alpine Expeditions at Whiteface Mountain
4 x 4 Alpine Expeditions
Availability: Summer
Explore trails at Whiteface without breaking a sweat on one of our 4 x 4 Expeditions!
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
Airbag Jump at the Whiteface Adventure Park
Airbag Jump
Availability: Summer
Experience a Hollywood style stunt fall of up to 30 feet!
Disc golf at Whiteface Mountain
Disc Golf
Availability: Summer
Disc Golf—it's easy to learn, easy to enjoy and just $5!
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?
Nature Trek
Availability: Summer
Explore Whiteface and Stag Brook Falls on a Nature Trek along the West Branch of the Ausable River.
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!
Yoga on the Mountain
Availability: Summer
Relax, breathe deep, and bask in the majesty of the Adirondack High Peaks
Cross Country skiers on the trail at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country and Biathlon Center
Availability: Winter
Join active Nordic and alpine skiers over age 50 in winter camaraderie, great coaching, and plenty of fun!

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'

Mountain Vertical Drop

  • 3,430 feet - The greatest vertical drop in the East!
  • 3,166 feet - Lift services vertical drop

Number of Trails & Skiable Acres

  • Total number of trails: 87
  • Total distance of skiing and riding: over 22 miles!
  • Longest run on Whiteface: Wilmington Trail at 2.1 miles
  • 288 skiable acres including:
    • 35 acres of in-bounds, off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain skiing on The Slides (conditions permitting)
    • 53 acres of glades skiing

Terrain & Snowmaking

  • Terrain by ability:
    • 38% Expert
    • 42% Intermediate
    • 20% Beginner
  • 99% snowmaking coverage using 335 snow guns and 40 miles of pipe (excluding the Glades and the Slides)

Mountain Lifts

  • 1 eight-passenger gondola
  • 1 high-speed detachable quad
  • 1 fixed quad
  • 2 triples
  • 5 doubles
  • 1 conveyor lift
Inches of Annual Snowfall on Whiteface Mountain
2014 - 2015 170''
2013 - 2014 189''
2012 - 2013


2011 - 2012 129''
2010 - 2011 247''
2009 - 2010 172''
2008 - 2009 185''
2007 - 2008 255''
2006 - 2007 263''
2005 - 2006 202''
Ten Year Average 200''