Biggest vertical drop in the east? Check. Apres ski cocktails and hot treats? Check. Shopping for a new ski sweater and homemade chocolate? For sure. You on the slopes? Soon.

With more than 288 ski-able acres just a short drive from the picture-perfect village of Lake Placid, Whiteface is an adventurous skier's vacation dream come true. Don't wait any longer; make this the year you ski the 'face. Pro tip: mid-week is generally less busy than weekends and holidays.

The Stats

  • 90 Trails
  • 288 skiable acres
  • 3,430' vertical drop 
  • 11 high-speed lifts and gondola
  • 'The Slides' - 35 acres of off-piste wilderness terrain


Map of Whiteface Mountain's ski trails, featuring the best skiing near Lake Placid

East Coast skiing and snowboarding

Whiteface features 90 trails, 11 lifts, and a 3,430-foot vertical drop — the largest east of the Rockies — Whiteface Mountain is big on a lot of things, including variety. Beginners of all ages will love having an entire area, Bear Den Mountain, dedicated to them. Learn to ski or ride, then head higher up the mountain and try one of the longer beginner trails, where better views of the Adirondacks await. Experienced skiers and boarders will also find plenty to love at Whiteface, site of the alpine skiing events of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Take a steep plunge, negotiate an expert-level glade, or head over to the slides for a true backcountry experience.

Whiteface is known for its beautiful panoramic mountain scenery, technical terrain, award-winning family resort amenities, and it also boasts a complete terrain park with jumps, rails, jibs, and a U.S. Air Bag for tricks with a soft landing.

Ski, stay, enjoy

The trails at Whiteface Mountain maintain a solid snow base all winter with modern, efficient snow making, so don't wait to plan a ski trip to Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain. Many of Lake Placid's hotels cater to vacationing skiers with gear storage, waxing, and more, giving you every reason to book your winter vacation today! With a ski vacation in Lake Placid, you get the best of everything: powdery days on the slopes and the charm of the village of Lake Placid with its Olympic heritage, award-winning restaurants, and family-friendly activities. It's worth the drive, and with the skier shuttle, you can sit back and enjoy the ride!

A ski resort for kids

Whiteface Mountain's Bear Den Mountain Learning Center is a family favorite where children can enjoy a resort of their own! Complete with a lift and a magic carpet along with bright equipment, professional instructors, and learning tools. Bear Den offers a cozy log cabin style lodge, ski and board rentals, food, easy parking, lift tickets, access to the full mountain, and a shuttle to the main lodge. Bear Den also hosts a Snow Sports School, Ski and Play Program, and childcare in the Bear Den Nursery for children ages 1 - 6. Adults are welcome to join their children of all ages to help them master their "pizza to French fry."

Gear up

If you're looking for the right ski and board equipment to take to the mountain, look no further than the stores located in the Lake Placid region. The experts at our shops will help you choose exactly what you need, whether it's a warm Nordic sweater or the hottest new skis to keep you sliding in style. You'll have fun browsing and picking up treasures you never knew you needed but can't live without!

More, more, more fun

Lake Placid boasts one of the nation's most beloved après ski scenes. From November through March, our award-winning off-hill activities complete your ski vacation experience. It's a big reason why people come back year after year. After a day on the slopes, trade your ski boots for resort wear and enjoy the village's nightlife, where there is something for everyone. Have a nightcap on an outdoor waterfront deck or toast marshmallows over an open fire as you unwind. Gather your loved ones and eat like a local at one of our Lake Placid restaurants, where the food is hearty and inspired, and prepare to hit the slopes again for another thrilling day.

Start planning your vacation now – book a reservation to ski the mountain and stay the town today!

Rider strapping in at the top of Whiteface Mountain preparing to tackle the best snowboarding near Lake Placid

 Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace