Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New York in USA. The resort is in the town of Wilmington, NY.

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

Season Passes

Whiteface 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 Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Whiteface Mountain's website.

Lodging Options

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

Whiteface Mountain Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Whiteface Mountain has a total of 90 ski trails, which are serviced by 11 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Whiteface Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 299 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 121 hectares, 0.5 square miles, or 1.2 square kilometers.

Whiteface Mountain's slopes see on average 168 inches (51 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 14 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
299(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall
168"(5,121 cm)

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 4,650 feet, or 1,417 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,220 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 3,430 feet (1,045 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Whiteface Mountain's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
4,650'(1,417 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
3,430'(1,045 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,220'(372 m)

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
70.2out of 100
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Whiteface Mountain is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, with a difficulty score of 70.2. This mountain ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 38% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 3,430 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.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Whiteface Mountain has 299 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Seeing as Whiteface Mountain is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 80% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 20% of its skiable acres as beginner terrain.
Green Circle
20%(60 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
42%(126 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
38%(114 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 Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 38% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort Location

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of New York, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Wilmington, NY.

Wilmington, NY 12997 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.37000, -73.89000

Getting to Whiteface Mountain Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.37000, -73.89000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Wilmington, 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 Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort.

Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportYULMontréal, QC76 mi
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International AirportYOWOttawa, ON109 mi
Syracuse Hancock International AirportSYRSyracuse, NY141 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 Whiteface Mountain.

Adirondack Regional AirportSLKSaranac Lake, NY16 mi
Plattsburgh International AirportPBGPlattsburgh, NY28 mi
Burlington International AirportBTVBurlington, VT37 mi

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

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mt. Pisgah Recreation CenterSaranac Lake, NY2,500 ft37%13 mi
Catamount Outdoor Family CenterWilliston, NY2,000 ft35%18 mi
Titus MountainMalone, NY2,025 ft36%32 mi
Cochran Ski AreaRichmond, VT950 ft32%45 mi
Gore MountainNorth Creek, NY3,600 ft60%49 mi
Bolton ValleyRichmond, VT3,150 ft40%51 mi
Middlebury Snow BowlHancock, VT2,720 ft39%55 mi
Woods ValleyBolton Landing, NY1,400 ft33%55 mi
SugarbushWarren, VT4,083 ft60%55 mi
Smuggler's NotchJeffersonville, VT3,640 ft59%56 mi
Pico MountainMendon, VT3,967 ft53%61 mi
Mad River GlenMorrisville, VT3,637 ft59%66 mi
Suicide SixSouth Pomfret, VT1,200 ft36%66 mi
West MountainQueensbury, NY1,470 ft30%68 mi
KillingtonKillington, VT4,241 ft68%73 mi
Mont RigaudRigaud, QC571 ft41%79 mi
Jay PeakJay, VT3,968 ft50%81 mi
Mont SuttonSutton, QC3,175 ft41%83 mi
McCauley MountainCold Brook, NY2,260 ft36%84 mi
Ski Saint-BrunoSaint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC574 ft20%86 mi
BromontBromont, QC1,693 ft41%87 mi
Okemo MountainLudlow, VT3,344 ft52%88 mi
Bromley MountainPeru, VT3,284 ft42%92 mi
Owl's HeadMansonville, QC2,480 ft46%92 mi
Groupe Plein Air TerrebonneTerrebonne, QC100 ft0%93 mi
Willard MountainGreenwich, NY1,415 ft35%95 mi
Royal MountainSaint Johnsville, NY1,800 ft35%97 mi
Magic MountainLondonderry, VT2,850 ft52%98 mi
Burke MountainEast Burke, VT3,267 ft60%99 mi
Stratton MountainWinhall, VT3,875 ft45%99 mi

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation4,650 ft
Base Elevation1,220 ft
Vertical Drop3,430 ft
(20% Beginner,  42% Intermediate,  38% Expert)
Skiable Acres299
Avg. Annual Snowfall168 inches
Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats