Sports in the Adirondacks and the Lake Champlain Valley of Upstate
New York and Vermont.
1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games have firmly established
the Adirondacks, and specifically Lake Placid, as the
premier winter sports capital of the world. In fact, when
it comes to winter sports, there is more to see and do
in the Adirondacks that anywhere else on earth!! Where
else can a visitor ride to the top of a 120 meter ski
jump or hurdle down a refrigerated bobsled track at 60
miles per hour! With hundreds of miles of beautiful backcountry
ski trails, cross country skiers can pole their way from
village to village stopping along the way to sample delicious
homecooked meals at many trailside inns and bed and Breakfast's.
For Alpine Skiers, the Adirondacks and Upstate New York
boast over 30 ski mountains including Gore Mountain and
Whiteface Mountain, offering the steepest vertical drop
in the East. In Vermont skiiers can choose from over seventeen
major ski resorts including.
of two of the Jewels of the Northeast; Gore
Mountain & Whiteface
Mountain. From North Creek to Lake Placid,
there are thousands of wonderful Cross
Country Ski Trails!
Whiteface Mountain, you'll find some of the best
alpine skiing and snowboarding in North America.
It has the greatest vertical drop this side of the
Rockies and is the only ski area in the East to
have hosted the Olympic Winter Games.
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Summit Elevation: 4,867 feet
Top Lift Elevation: 4,416 feet
Vertical Drop: 3,350 feet (Biggest in the
Skiable Acreage: 211 acres
Cloudsplitter Gondola: 7.5 minutes from
the base to the top of Little Whiteface
Snowmaking: 97% - does not include the
Terrain: One-third each of most difficult,
more difficult, easiest
Half Pipe: 425 feet, International FIS
Hours: 8:30 am to 4 pm daily
First opened: 1957
The Slides: 35 acres (open conditions permitting)
Operated by: New York State Olympic Regional
New York City and New Jersey
Take the NY State Thruway (I-87) north to the Adirondack
Northway (Exit 24 in Albany). Follow 87 to Exit
30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two
miles to Route 73. Continue on 73 for 28 miles to
Lake Placid area. Take Route 86 east to Whiteface
Mountain. From NYC: 5 hrs, Albany: 2 1/2 hrs.
Take 401 east to Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route
37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul
Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on 86 thru
Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to Whiteface Mountain.
Drive time: 5 1/2 hours.
Take Route 15 south to Champlain Crossing, connecting
with I-87 south. Take Exit 34 west, following Route
9 north, then follow Route 86 to Whiteface Mountain.
Drive time: 2 hours.
Boston, Springfield, Hartford
Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Albany. Pick
up I-787 north to Cohoes. Connect with Route 7 west
to I-87 north. Follow I-87 (Northway) to Exit 30,
then use final directions above: "From New
York City..." Drive time from Boston: 5
Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge. Pick up
Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to
Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Follow Route 86
and continue thru Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to
Whiteface Mountain. Drive time: 3 hours.
Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Points West
Take I-90 (NY State Thruway) east to Exit 36 (Syracuse).
Pick up I-81 north and follow to Watertown. Take
Route 3 and follow it east to Saranac Lake, then
follow Route 86 east to Whiteface Mountain. Drive
times: From Buffalo: 5 1/2 hours; Rochester: 4 1/2
hours; Syracuse: 3 1/2 hours.
Mid-November through Mid-April. 8:30 AM to
4:30 PM. Weekends until the end of April
Elevations: Base 1,500 feet; Summit
Vertical Drop: 2,100 feet
Longest Run: 2.9 miles
Snowfall: 150 inches per year
Skiable Acres: 292
Terrain: 10% beginner, 60% intermediate,
Snowmaking: 95% coverage, water supply
from the Hudson River
Lifts: 9 total- New 8 passenger Northwoods
Gondola, 2 Quads, 1 Highspeed Triple (The Adirondack
Express), 3 Doubles, 2 Surface lifts.
Services: Two Lodges: Main Base Lodge
with dining, Ski & Snowboard School, mountain
patrol, nursery, rental shop, accessory and clothing
shop, lounge, administration, ticketing; Saddle
Lodge at mid-mountain with food service.
Location: Route 28 and Peaceful Valley
Road, North Creek, NY, 21 miles off I-87
Phone Number: Mountain Offices, (518)
251-2411; Snow report, (800) 342-1234
Internet: Website - http://www.goremountain.com;
Key Personnel: General Manager:
Michael J. Pratt
Assistant GM/Ski School Director: Joe Barclay
Director of Marketing & Sales: Jason L. Sherry
FROM THE SOUTH
NYS Thruway to Exit 24. Take I-87 (the Northway)
to Exit 23 (Warrensburg). Follow Route 9
for 4 miles to Route 28 and proceed 16 miles to
Peaceful Valley Road.
FROM THE NORTH
Take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 26 (Pottersville).
Follow the Gore Mountain "Trailblazer"
signs through Olmstedville then left on Route
28N to North Creek. Make a left turn onto Route
28 and then a right onto Peaceful Valley Road.
ROUTE (FROM NORTH OR SOUTH)
Take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 25 (Chestertown).
Follow Route 8 west for 11 miles. Turn right in
Wevertown on Route 28; proceed north to
Peaceful Valley Road.
FROM THE WEST
Take I-90 (NYS Thruway) east to Utica. Take Route
8 North from Utica to North Creek. Make a left
onto Peaceful Valley Road and continue 5 miles
to Gore Mountain.
- 59 West Mountain Road, Glens Falls, NY 12804.
3 miles west of Northway (I-87) exit 18. (518)793-6606.
1,010 foot vertical drop, 21 trails (beginner, intermediate
and expert), 60% snowmaking. Lessons and equipment
rental available. Child care and kid-ski programs
available. Open daily, Monday through Friday 9:30AM-10:30PM,
Saturday and Sunday 8:30AM-6PM. Closed Christmas
Day. Tickets are sold for 4 and 8 hour blocks.
Garnet Hill Cross Country Ski Area:
Hill Lodge is a four season Adirondack Inn / Resort
in the Adirondacks of New York- a summer vacation
destination and a complete cross country skiing
center in winter. Discover Garnet Hill's
spectacular lake and mountain view, distinctive
accommodations, superb cuisine and outdoor fun.
Rd, North River, NY 12856
518-251-2444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Interconnect Pass
The 50-kilometer Jackrabbit Trail runs from Keene,
through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, to Paul Smiths.
It is a public trail that connects with four ski centers
and several backcountry routes along the way. 15K
of trail near ski centers are groomed and subject
to a trail fee. Over 35K of ungroomed trail sections
are free. Trail maps showing access points and fee
areas are available at all centers and sport shops.
Rates: For $12/day, the Interconnect Pass will
allow you to access the following ski centers: Cascade,
Lake Placid Resort, Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Whiteface
Club. Call 1-800-447-5224.
Season: Open throughout the winter, weather
301 Main Street/Town
Lake Placid NY 12946
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of skiers in action at Whiteface Mt.
for sport and pleasure
Skiing | X-Country | Snowboarding
Dog Sledding | Ice Fishing
| Rock Climbing
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Camping | Ice Skating | Snowshoeing
Luge | Winter
Lake X-C Ski & Vacation Center
139 Lapland Lake Road, Northville,
NY 12134; www.laplandlake.com. Information: 518-863-4974. Conditions: 800-453-SNOW.
“Best in the
Mid-Atlantic” - Best XC Ski Resort Poll 2002 & 2003! Adirondack Splendor, Finnish
Hospitality! Owned and operated 25 years by Olympian Olavi Hirvonen and his family.
50km trails: 38km snowcat groomed with trackset and skating lanes, 12km snowshoe
trails. Courteous staff; comfortable warming lodge; rental equipment (skis, snowshoes,
tubes, ice-skates, pulks, kicksleds); retail shop; cozy grill offering satisfying
Finnish and American fare; overnight accommodations in immaculate tupas (private
housekeeping cottages); authentic Finnish sauna. PSIA instruction, children’s
lessons, tubing, night skiing, wilderness touring, domesticated reindeer! (photos
by Nancie Battaglia)
P.O. Box 136 12 South Shore
Rd. Ext. Wanakena, NY 13695 Ph/Fax: (315) 848-3488
base for Packbasket Adventures is our lodge, located on the fabled Oswegatchie
River, famous for its scenic beauty, remote wildness and fine sport. The river
flows through Wanakena into Cranberry Lake, which has 40 of its 55 miles of shoreline
State protected and waiting to be explored. Our newly constructed lodge consists
of 4 bedrooms with private baths. Each room is finely appointed in the lodge style,
making for a cozy return at the end of the day's adventure.
Rock & River Guide Service, Inc.
P. O. Box 219 Keene, NY 12942 Phone: 518-576-2041
We are the only AMGA accredited, full service guiding establishment based
soley out of the Adirondack Park. With two newly renovated lodges located in a
secluded mountain valley (open to the general public as well as guided clients),
we offer courses, private guiding and group instruction in the disciplines of
rock climbing, ice climbing winter mountaineering, and hiking year round. Our
relaxed, friendly atmosphere combined with wilderness location makes for a truly
unique learning experience!
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