The Adirondack Mountains are located in the northeast section of New York State. They are inside the border of the Adirondack Park, part of the New York State Forest Preserve. About half of the 6 million acres that make up the Adirondack Park is privately owned, even so land use is regulated.
- Big Tupper Ski Area
- Hickory Ski Center
- Titus Mountain
- McCauley Mountain
- Oak Mountain
- West Mountain
- Royal Mountain
- Willard Mountain
- Gore Mountain
- North Creek Ski Bowl
By the late 1800s, recreation in the Adirondacks was becoming an important driver of activity in the region. In 1894, driven by water conservation issues, much of the park was designated as “Forever Wild.” Officially there are 46 peaks in the Adirondacks with elevation of over 4000 feet.
During the early years of the 1900s, nordic skiing gained popularity in the Adirondacks. Interest in skiing peaked in 1932 when Winter Olympic Games were hosted in Lake Placid. There were no alpine events at the 1932 Olympics, but the event inspired the construction of ski areas soon afterward. At one point there may have been as many as 50 ski areas in the Adirondacks.
Today there are only a handful of ski areas still operating in the Adirondacks. The list includes the Whiteface, Gore Mountain, Oak Mountain, Titus Mountain, Royal Mountain and McCauley Mountain. There are also a handful of town-owned rope tow ski areas in the Adirondacks.
Adirondack Ski Area Quick Stats
|North Creek Ski Bowl||100″||998′|
|Indian Lake Town Hill*||098″||200′|
|Maple Ski Ridge||080″||270′|
|Hickory Ski Center*||075″||1200′||Mount Pisgah||060″||329′|
* ski area closed