Whiteface Ski Resort (only a 12 minute drive) is our favorite place to ski on the East Coast. This is a serious mountain, with a decent variety of expert, intermediate and beginner runs.
The resort is huge. On any given day throughout the season, there are usually a handful of good runs open off Cloudsplitter Gondola. If you’re experienced, The Slides are an extra special treat. These runs are only open during peak conditions, most likely in the spring. In general, the runs off Summit Chair are better experienced after heavy snow (which we do get a lot of up here). For beginners, The Bearden Lodge area is the perfect place to learn.
Aside from being a great place to ski, Whiteface Mountain also has some pretty decent food and drink options. We like to eat at Boule’s Bistro (downstairs at the Mid-Station Lodge). Order either the turkey club or the turkey stew along with a Dirty Adirondack IPA. You won’t be disappointed. At the main lodge, Taste NY serves up a good cheese plate in the lower area, while the Cloudspin Bar & Grill upstairs is a great spot for both lunch and après-ski drinks! They usually have live music around 3pm.
Rentals: If you’re only here for a day or two, you should consider simply renting at Whiteface as you’ll get more runs in; however, if you have time to run into town and are looking for a discount, Lake Placid Ski & Board shop offers great rental deals.