View of WhitefaceSnow is falling where I live in the Adirondack Park but places like Whiteface Mountain have been making snow and keeping all of our downhill skiing dreams alive.

For the downhill skier there are many options to save money, which around the holidays is a gift in itself. There are group discounts and Lake Placid Ski Packages all waiting to entice us into a fun-filled Adirondack ski weekend. Whether you live in the area and have family visiting or vacationing for the first time, below are just a sampling of the many Whiteface and Gore Mountain discounts.

At Gore Mountain (with a reopening day of December 3) you can receive $10 off your lift ticket daily through December 16 by bringing a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. There are group discounts but why not take advantage of some special daughter or son time. Daughters ski free with parent from January 17-22 or sons ski free March 19-25 with the purchase of a full paying parent. Children six and under always ski for free.

Ski WhitefaceAny non-holiday Wednesday bring any (unopened) Coca-Cola product at Gore and Whiteface Mountains and receive a one-day adult lift ticket for $38.00 in a aptly named promotion, "Why Not Wednesdays."

Whiteface offers an Empire Card, Student Card and Snowball Card that will keep more cash in your pocket. In addition, Whiteface has its Super Sundays where on select Sundays (December 11, January 1, February 5, March 11 and April 1 of the season feature $35.00 lift tickets for adults, $30.00 for teens (13-19) and $25.00 junior (7-12) tickets. Six and under are always free. Each of those select Sundays has a theme like Historic Sunday, Island Madness, Super Football, Shamrock and Retro with slope-side games, gear scavenger hunts, live music and events.

If you purchase three or more day lift tickets (peak season, non-holiday) at Whiteface you will receive the Ultimate Winter Passport which includes access to the Olympic Museum, Ski Jumping Complex, Olympic Speed Skating Oval and more.

It is really a matter of finding what discount best fits your family It is always about having fun in the snow. Enjoy the weather!