Swain 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.
There are numerous options to stay at Swain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Swain 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, 0.2 square miles, or 0.5 square kilometers.
Swain's slopes see on average 130 inches (4.0 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 10 feet every year!
Swain 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.
Swain Difficulty Level
36.6out of 100
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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
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%.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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 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 is located in the state of New York, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Swain, NY.
Swain, NY 14884 USA
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Getting to Swain
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Swain), 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.
|Buffalo Niagara International Airport||BUF||Buffalo, NY||54 mi|
|Syracuse Hancock International Airport||SYR||Syracuse, NY||99 mi|
|Lester B. Pearson International Airport||YYZ||Toronto, ON||121 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 Airport||ROC||Rochester, NY||45 mi|
|Elmira Corning Regional Airport||ELM||Elmira/Corning, NY||55 mi|
|Bradford Regional Airport||BFD||Bradford, PA||62 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Swain, 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.
|Bristol Mountain||Canandaigua, NY||2,200 ft||36%||29 mi|
|Kissing Bridge||Glenwood, NY||1,750 ft||34%||41 mi|
|Holiday Valley||Ellicottville, NY||2,250 ft||38%||44 mi|
|HoliMont||Ellicottville, NY||2,260 ft||42%||45 mi|
|Brantling Ski & Snowboard Center||Sodus, NY||850 ft||32%||62 mi|
|Ski Sawmill||Morris, PA||2,215 ft||35%||73 mi|
|Song Mountain||Tully, NY||1,940 ft||23%||88 mi|
|Cortina||Baldwinsville, NY||2,650 ft||23%||91 mi|
|Labrador Mountain||Truxton, NY||1,825 ft||37%||95 mi|
|Ski Denton State Park||Ulysses, PA||2,500 ft||35%||96 mi|
|Sugarloaf||Carrabassett Valley, ME||4,237 ft||67%||98 mi|
Swain Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,970 ft|
|Base Elevation||1,320 ft|
|Vertical Drop||650 ft|
(31% Beginner, 37% Intermediate, 32% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||130 inches|