McCauley Mountain

McCauley Mountain logoMcCauley Mountain Ski Center is in Herkimer County, New York, located just outside Old Forge, in the western Adirondacks. It is owned by the Town of Webb and operated for the benefit of the community. All school age children in the town ski for free.

McCauley is many things to many different kinds of skiers. What follows is NYSkiBlog’s perspective.

If you’re a powder hunting NY skier you should check out McCauley. The mountain is in good position to catch lake effect snow that will never make it as far east as Gore. McCauley has a respectable base elevation and often gets more snow than Gore. We watch McCauley weather all season, but especially after a rain storm, when the lake effect can bring it back to life more quickly than some larger mountains.

The entire mountain is served by a classic lift, a Hall double chair, that is maintained like a museum piece. The hill’s 600+ feet of vertical skis bigger than you might think. The front three — Helmer’s, Olympic and DeCamp — are the real deal; expert terrain that is often left ungroomed. Helmer’s, the classic lift line, to our knowledge, is never groomed. In addition there is a significant amount of tree skiing. The biggest contiguous section, off Challenger, is a wide-open blast.

If all of this seems like an unusual way to describe a small community hill, it is. While McCauley appeals to the powder hounds in us, it’s really a warm family place that just happens to have good terrain and excellent snowfall.

Check out our McCauley Blog for more.

by Harvey


McCauley Mountain Trail Map

McCauley Mountain trail map


McCauley Vertical Drop and Stats

Summit Elevation2,260 feet
Base Elevation1,627 feet
Vertical Drop633 feet
# Trails21
Trail Miles7 miles
Longest Run4,000 feet
Skiable Area75 acres
# Lifts5
Uphill Capacity3,100 / hour
Annual Snowfall†180 inches
10 Year Avg*114 inches
10 Year High**171 inches
† Advertised annual snowfall
* Average seasonal snow total 2012 – 2021
** Highest seasonal snow total 2012 – 2021

McCauley Ski Day Essentials

Address 1300 McCauley Road
Address 2Old Forge, NY 13420
Phone(315) 369-3225
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Snow ReportMcCauley Conditions
VisualMcCauley Webcam