Swain Ski Resort

Swain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New York in USA. The resort is in the town of Swain, NY. We recently ranked all of New York's ski resorts, so you can see where Swain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Swain is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Swain Lodging:

Swain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Swain has a total of 35 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Swain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 130 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 53 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
130(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Swain Ski Resort Elevation

Swain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,970 feet, or 600 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,320 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 650 feet (198 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

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

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,970'(600 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
650'(198 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,320'(402 m)

Swain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
36.7out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Swain 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 69% 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.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Swain has 130 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Swain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 31% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 69%.
31%(40 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
37%(48 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
32%(42 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 Swain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Swain 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 69% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Swain Ski Resort Location

Swain Ski Resort is located in the state of New York, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Swain, NY.

Swain, NY 14884 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
42.49000, -77.87000

Getting to Swain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Swain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 42.49000, -77.87000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Swain, 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 Swain Ski Resort.

Buffalo Niagara International AirportBUFBuffalo, NY54 mi
Syracuse Hancock International AirportSYRSyracuse, NY99 mi
Lester B. Pearson International AirportYYZToronto, ON121 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 Swain.

Greater Rochester International AirportROCRochester, NY45 mi
Elmira Corning Regional AirportELMElmira/Corning, NY55 mi
Bradford Regional AirportBFDBradford, PA62 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Swain Ski Resort, 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 Swain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Bristol MountainCanandaigua, NY2,200 ft36%29 mi
Kissing BridgeGlenwood, NY1,750 ft34%41 mi
Holiday ValleyEllicottville, NY2,250 ft38%44 mi
HoliMontEllicottville, NY2,260 ft42%45 mi
BrantlingSodus, NY850 ft32%62 mi
Ski SawmillMorris, PA2,215 ft35%73 mi
Song MountainTully, NY1,940 ft23%88 mi
CortinaBaldwinsville, NY2,650 ft23%91 mi
Labrador MountainTruxton, NY1,825 ft37%95 mi
Ski Denton State ParkUlysses, PA2,500 ft35%96 mi
SugarloafCarrabassett Valley, ME4,237 ft67%98 mi

Swain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,970 ft
Base Elevation1,320 ft
Vertical Drop650 ft
(31% Beginner,  37% Intermediate,  32% Expert)
Skiable Acres130
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Swain Ski Resort Mountain Stats