Best Slopes to Ski in the North Country this Winter

November 30, 2022

While summer vacations and family retreats along New York’s lakes and mountains are great summertime fun, Upstate New York still shines as a outdoor destination all winter long as well. Whether you live in the region or are looking to visit, New York has some excellent skiing options for all skill-levels – from bunny hills to black diamonds. Take a look at some of the best ski destinations in the Adirondack region and beyond:

Image from: Willard Mountain Ski Area Facebook Page
  1. Willard Mountain
    Located in Greenwich, New York, Willard Mountain is the perfect family ski mountain! This mountain offers lots of lessons, weekday and weekend ski programs, a freestyle and racing team to join, and racing camps. With options for all skill levels, as well as snow tubing, this mountain offers lots of fun for an affordable price.

    Image from: West Mountain Ski Area Facebook Page
  2. West Mountain
    West Mountain is located in Queensbury, New York, with year-round mountain fun. For winter sports, West Mountain offers lessons and guided services, after school programs, alpine racing, and snow tubing parties. These slopes boast trails for all ages and skill levels, along with excellent night skiing, with completely lit trails.

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  3. Gore Mountain
    This ski resort is in North Creek, New York, where it has 110 alpine trails across four peaks and beckons visitors from all over! For advanced skiers, Gore Mountain has some of the steepest slopes in the East, but don’t let the technical terrain intimidate the less-experienced. This resort has plenty of options for beginners, families, and freestylers as well. With lessons for children and adults, as well as programs and seasonal passes, there’s room for everyone at the mountain!

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  4. Whiteface Mountain
    Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, New York, is close to a host of wintertime fun in the Lake Placid Olympic region. This mountain is one of the tallest in New York State, coming in at 4,865 feet above sea level. While hikers may be summitting this peak as one of the 46 High Peaks, and tourist may be driving to the top in the summer, this mountain has 90 trails and 25 miles of skiing for quintessential wintertime fun.

    Image from: Lapland Lake in the Adirondacks Facebook Page
  5. Lapland Lake

    Is cross-country skiing and snowshoeing more your speed? Check out Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville, New York! With lessons, rentals, good food, and season passes, this XC ski center has a little bit of everything for the family.


While summers may be short in Upstate New York, that doesn’t mean the outdoor adventures need to stop when the snow starts to fly! Winter sports are a fun, engaging way to stay active during the colder months of the year. With plenty of options available in the Adirondack Mountains and beyond, the options for skiing, snowboarding, and enjoying the slopes are abundant for all skills and interests.


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By: Rachel Valerio

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