New York Ski Areas

New York is home to more ski areas than any other state in the United States. There are varied choices from the Olympic trails in the Adirondack Mountains to the snow belt areas near Buffalo and Syracuse to the sharp peaks in the Catskill mountains to the small feeder areas that serve the NY metro.

Downstate there are two ski areas that continue to operate in the New York metro area. Mount Peter and Thunder Ridge offer the amenities found at the larger areas and are great places to learn how to ski. Farther north and in the Hudson Valley Catamount and Holiday Mountain have more vertical.

Just up the highway are the Catskill ski areas, located about 100 miles north from New York City. There are 4 very different ski areas in operation in the region. All theses areas have solid vertical and acreage and receive 100 – 175″ of snow on average each season. This area is home to some of the most visited ski areas in New York.

The Adirondacks begin an hour north of Albany. Located here are the two largest ski areas in New York State in addition to a handful of smaller areas. New York owns and operates Whiteface, home of the 1980 Olympics and Gore Mountain. There are also four smaller areas and four community rope tows.

To the west of the Adirondacks is the Tug Hill Plateau. The Tug is the largest natural snowfall areas in the east due to the lake effect snow coming from Lake Ontario.

In Central NY there is a cluster of mid sized ski areas that also benefit from the lake effect snows that come from Lake Ontario. These areas can have some of the best early season skiing.

Western NY ski areas benefit from lake effect snow from both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. These ski areas are built on long ridges and can have large acreages of terrain. One of the most visited ski areas in NY, Holiday Valley, is in the wonderful ski town of Ellicottville. Ellicottville is also home to one of the largest private ski areas in the US, Holimont.