We are not exaggerating when we say that in the Whiteface Region, we truly love winter. There really is no better place to experience the tranquility of falling snow, affordable lodging, and all sorts of adventure right outside the door! Whether you are a hardcore shredder and want to spend the day on the slopes or just want to curl up next to a warm fire with a good book and mug of hot chocolate, there is a place for you in the Whiteface Region this winter.
As the namesake of the region suggests, Whiteface Mountain is, of course, the centerpiece of winter in this area. The Olympic Mountain has a storied history, long predating all our waxed skis and tuned boards. Whiteface’s runs may be covered in snow when you visit, but did you know that the entire mountain was covered in snow and ice 10,000 years ago? Yes, the glaciers of the last Ice Age certainly left their mark on this land, helping shape the Whiteface Mountain we know today.
Skiers and riders of all abilities will have no problem spending time on the mountain, from first chair to last. With almost 300 acres of skiable and rideable terrain, it may seem overwhelming for a first-time visitor. Don’t worry, there are plenty of local mountain veterans who are willing to give up some of the mountain’s secrets. Our tip: get out there early for first tracks and hit that pow! Even though Whiteface has the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies, there are plenty of beginner and intermediate trails that will leave you feeling like a gold medal athlete.
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.
With health and safety measures in mind, there may be new procedures and developments this year at Whiteface. Please visit Whiteface.com to stay up-to-date with all the details. There will be health and safety protocols issued under state-issued guidance to ensure the safest experience for all skiers and riders. Some procedures may be different than prior years, but Whiteface is still the same mountain! Enjoy it safely this winter.
Fresh air and open spaces
Part of what makes the Whiteface Region so special is how close adventure really is to your doorstep. There are miles and miles of snowshoe, cross-country ski, and fat tire bike trails that will satisfy any adventure craving, big or small. Just want to stretch your legs with a quick walk to a scenic pond? Check. Looking to climb a High Peak? We have those mountains, too. And more good news! The trails are so plentiful that they aren’t very crowded; you’ll have lots of room to spread out and enjoy the fresh, mountain air.
You may have visited our awesome hiking trails in the summer, but in winter, they transform into winter wonderlands, complete with snow-covered pine trees and amazing natural ice sculptures. Maybe you’ll even see moose tracks in the freshly fallen snow!
One of the absolutely coolest places to visit in the winter is the Flume Trail system, located just 2.0 miles from Wilmington. Here, there are 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. Please do be careful visiting this area. Ice along the river can be beautiful but it can also be slippery. Another spot along the Ausable River with a scenic winter backdrop is the covered bridge in Jay. It’s the last remaining covered bridge in northern New York and is a spectacular place to visit in any season.
Maybe you like to feel the wind in your face as you cruise down a forest trail on a fat tire bike? The Whiteface Region is renowned for mountain biking in warmer months. Winter is no different. Get on your fat tire bike and ride some of the finest trails around!
When the snow falls, we know the best way to experience it (besides snowball fights, of course) is on a snowshoe hike. From easy to strenuous, the Whiteface Region has a snowshoe hike for everyone to enjoy! Meander down to the shore of Lake Placid or scramble up the steep slopes of Catamount Mountain. Each trip on the trails will leave you wanting to come back for more!
Love your ADK
So, you’re ready to get your winter on in the Whiteface Region. There’s just one more thing to do. 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 a lot of people. 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. We can all work together to help preserve the wild, natural wonder of the Adirondacks for generations to come.
Remember, preparedness is key. All the cool kids are doing it. Being properly prepared for a winter outing is not only safe for you, but it will help create a more enjoyable experience. Cold weather and the changing conditions that come with winter require careful planning. But by following these tips and guidelines, you’ll be sure to have the adventure of a lifetime and, as a bonus, you’ll be better prepared for your next trip outdoors.