When most people think of skiing in New York they picture the Adirondacks or the Catskills. What they don’t know is west of I-81, there is some very good New York skiing. Western NY ski areas benefit greatly from the lake effect storms, with snowfalls large enough to shut down cities and highways.
- Bristol Mountain
- Buffalo Ski Club
- Cockaigne Ski Area
- Holiday Valley
- Holimont Ski Area
- Hunt Hollow
- Kissing Bridge
- Peek 'n Peak
- Swain Resort
Western New York is a mix of public and private ski clubs. The largest three Bristol Mountain, Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley are public. Bristol offers the most vertical, while Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley are more spread out. The more western resorts like Kissing Bridge, Holiday and Peak n Peek can get the most snow, with some storms leaving multiple feet.
For those looking to avoid lift lines or find a more communal atmosphere, check out one of New York’s private ski resorts. Hunt Hollow in the fingers lakes and Buffalo Ski Club are all about providing there members with the best skiing possible and a place where everyone feels like family. The largest private resort by membership in North America is even located just down the road from Buffalo. Holimont, located in Ellicottville NY boasts over 4000 members. For those of us unable to get out on weekends or take a day off many of these Western NY ski resorts offer night skiing. Night skiing is a New York staple, often providing increased access to the slopes at a discounted rate.
So whether you are hardcore storm chaser or someone who wants to take a couple laps after work, Western NY has what skiers want. While you’re out there enjoy a glass of NY state wine or beer at one of the many local wineries and breweries in the surrounding area or maybe check out a Buffalo Bills or Sabres game.
Either way Western NY is the secret ski destination you may be missing out on.