New York has a rich history of skiing. It also has the mountain with the largest vertical drop east of the Rockies in Whiteface Mountain.
New York Ski Season
The ski season in New York state typically runs from late November to early April, depending on the weather and snow conditions.
In general, ski resorts in New York rely heavily on natural snowfall to provide good skiing and snowboarding conditions. Some may open earlier or later, depending on how cold the fall season is during that year.
List of All New York Ski Resorts
New York has 34 ski resorts, evenly spread throughout the state.
IKON and EPIC each have dozens of slopes in their system that will allow you to ski at any one of them if you hold it. However, within New York, EPIC (a Vail-owned property) and IKON are associated with only one each. Smaller ticket system INDY has 6 associated New York resorts.
Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’
Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
The Most Difficult New York Ski Resorts
Whiteface Mountain tops out as the most difficult ski resort in New York. With the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, Whiteface ends up with over a 60% Difficulty Score, and atop our leader board of NY slopes. Whiteface Mountain was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympic skiing events.
Gore Mountain comes in second, mostly due to it having the most acreage along with only around 10% green, or easy, trails.
The Easiest Ski Resorts in New York
Sawkill, Song Mountain and Cortina are all considered “Very Easy” according to our data, coming in with sub-20% difficulty. Looking at their stats, its not hard to see why. Sawkill has no “Expert” trails, and Song and Cortina are not far behind with the majority of their trails being rated as “Easy”.
The Largest Ski Resorts in New York
Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?
Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.
No surprise that the 3 hardest slopes in NY are also the three biggest. Whiteface Mountain wins here as well because of its massive vertical drop. Gore Mountain is right behind them, having the most skiable acres of anywhere in NY.