McCauley Mountain

McCauley Mountain is a ski area located in the state of New York in USA. The resort is in the town of Cold Brook, NY.

We recently ranked all of New York's ski resorts, so you can see where McCauley Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

McCauley Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with McCauley Mountain. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit McCauley Mountain's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at McCauley Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

McCauley Mountain Terrain Overview

McCauley Mountain has a total of 21 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. McCauley Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 75 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 30 hectares, 0.1 square miles, or 0.3 square kilometers.

McCauley Mountain's slopes see on average 225 inches (69 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 18 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
75(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall
225"(6,858 cm)

McCauley Mountain Elevation

McCauley Mountain has a summit elevation of 2,260 feet, or 689 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,627 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 633 feet (193 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

McCauley Mountain has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
2,260'(689 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
633'(193 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,627'(496 m)

McCauley Mountain Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
36.3out of 100
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McCauley Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 67% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski 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.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

McCauley Mountain has 75 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

McCauley Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 33% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 67%.
Green Circle
33%(25 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
34%(26 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
33%(25 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is McCauley Mountain good for beginners?

McCauley Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 67% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

McCauley Mountain Location

McCauley Mountain is located in the state of New York, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Cold Brook, NY.

Cold Brook, NY 13324 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
43.39000, -74.89000

Getting to McCauley Mountain

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (McCauley Mountain), its coordinates of 43.39000, -74.89000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Cold Brook, NY to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to McCauley Mountain.

Syracuse Hancock International AirportSYRSyracuse, NY64 mi
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International AirportYOWOttawa, ON139 mi
Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportYULMontréal, QC154 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to McCauley Mountain.

Watertown International AirportARTWatertown, NY70 mi
Albany International AirportALBAlbany, NY71 mi
Adirondack Regional AirportSLKSaranac Lake, NY77 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to McCauley Mountain, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of McCauley Mountain.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Royal MountainSaint Johnsville, NY1,800 ft35%31 mi
Dry HillWaterton, NY950 ft33%32 mi
Gore MountainNorth Creek, NY3,600 ft60%46 mi
West MountainQueensbury, NY1,470 ft30%47 mi
Woods ValleyBolton Landing, NY1,400 ft33%63 mi
ToggenburgFabius, NY1,780 ft37%67 mi
Labrador MountainTruxton, NY1,825 ft37%73 mi
CortinaBaldwinsville, NY2,650 ft23%73 mi
Willard MountainGreenwich, NY1,415 ft35%74 mi
Mt. Pisgah Recreation CenterSaranac Lake, NY2,500 ft37%75 mi
Windham MountainWindham, NY3,100 ft49%77 mi
Song MountainTully, NY1,940 ft23%77 mi
Plattekill MountainRoxbury, NY3,500 ft47%78 mi
Four SeasonsRavena, NY550 ft24%83 mi
Whiteface MountainWilmington, NY4,650 ft70%84 mi
Hunter MountainHunter, NY3,200 ft53%90 mi
Catamount Outdoor Family CenterWilliston, NY2,000 ft35%92 mi
Jiminy PeakHancock, MA2,380 ft44%99 mi

McCauley Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation2,260 ft
Base Elevation1,627 ft
Vertical Drop633 ft
(33% Beginner,  34% Intermediate,  33% Expert)
Skiable Acres75
Avg. Annual Snowfall225 inches
McCauley Mountain Stats