West Mountain Ski Resort

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

West Mountain 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.

West Mountain Lodging:

West Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

West Mountain has a total of 40 ski trails, which are serviced by 8 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. West Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 124 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 50 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
124(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

West Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

West Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,470 feet, or 448 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 460 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,010 feet (308 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

West 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
1,470'(448 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,010'(308 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
460'(140 m)

West Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
29.9out of 100
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West Mountain is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 36% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 1,010 feet.


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

West Mountain has 124 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Since West Mountain is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 36% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 55% trails are rated as intermediate.
36%(45 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
55%(68 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
9%(11 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 West Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

West Mountain is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 36% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

West Mountain Ski Resort Location

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

Queensbury, NY 12804 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
43.38000, -73.96000

Getting to West Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (West Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 43.38000, -73.96000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Queensbury, 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 West Mountain Ski Resort.

Syracuse Hancock International AirportSYRSyracuse, NY110 mi
Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportYULMontréal, QC145 mi
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International AirportYOWOttawa, ON158 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 West Mountain.

Albany International AirportALBAlbany, NY44 mi
Rutland - Southern Vermont Regional AirportRUTRutland, VT52 mi
Adirondack Regional AirportSLKSaranac Lake, NY70 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to West Mountain 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 West Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Gore MountainNorth Creek, NY3,600 ft60%21 mi
Woods ValleyBolton Landing, NY1,400 ft33%21 mi
Willard MountainGreenwich, NY1,415 ft35%33 mi
Royal MountainSaint Johnsville, NY1,800 ft36%36 mi
McCauley MountainCold Brook, NY2,260 ft36%47 mi
Bromley MountainPeru, VT3,284 ft42%52 mi
Stratton MountainWinhall, VT3,875 ft45%56 mi
Mount SnowSomerset, VT3,600 ft44%59 mi
Magic MountainLondonderry, VT2,850 ft52%61 mi
Okemo MountainLudlow, VT3,344 ft52%62 mi
KillingtonKillington, VT4,241 ft68%62 mi
Four SeasonsRavena, NY550 ft24%63 mi
Pico MountainMendon, VT3,967 ft53%63 mi
Mt. Pisgah Recreation CenterSaranac Lake, NY2,500 ft38%66 mi
Jiminy PeakHancock, MA2,380 ft44%66 mi
Whiteface MountainWilmington, NY4,650 ft70%68 mi
Dry HillWaterton, NY950 ft33%68 mi
Windham MountainWindham, NY3,100 ft49%72 mi
Stowe MountainWest Halifax, VT4,395 ft57%75 mi
SugarbushWarren, VT4,083 ft60%76 mi
Berkshire EastCharlemont, MA1,840 ft44%83 mi
CatamountHillsdale, NY2,000 ft35%84 mi
Plattekill MountainRoxbury, NY3,500 ft47%84 mi
Hunter MountainHunter, NY3,200 ft53%84 mi
Cochran Ski AreaRichmond, VT950 ft32%85 mi
Bolton ValleyRichmond, VT3,150 ft40%91 mi
Otis RidgeOtis, MA1,700 ft34%92 mi
Snow RidgeTurin, NY2,000 ft37%93 mi
Mount SunapeeNewbury, NH2,743 ft44%95 mi
Titus MountainMalone, NY2,025 ft36%96 mi
BlandfordBlandford, MA1,685 ft24%98 mi
Smuggler's NotchJeffersonville, VT3,640 ft59%100 mi

West Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,470 ft
Base Elevation460 ft
Vertical Drop1,010 ft
(36% Beginner,  55% Intermediate,  9% Expert)
Skiable Acres124
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
West Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats