Ski Areas Add New Lift Power, Snow-Making Muscle, Dining and Lodging Options From new trails and snowmaking equipment, to resort upgrades, New York continues to add to the winter experience found across the State. As the fall chill gets cooler and skiers think about tuning up their equipment, mountain resorts are gearing up for the winter season. The following is a sampling of some of the Empire State’s newest facilities and services for skiing and other winter sports.
The Adirondacks: Gore Mountain Ski Resort offers a new trail map designed to help users navigate the multi-mountain experience. The mountain also features new high-efficiency tower guns and snowmaking capabilities. In addition, North Creek Ski Bowl upgrades are complete, including new terrain on Little Gore Mountain and a new narrow black diamond run called Hudson, formerly the Hudson Glades. The resort has also completed its Bear Cub Den Daycare improvements to provide a quieter and more secure location. Visit: www.goremountain.com.
Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington has a new Pisten Bully 600 free groomer for an improved experience for all skiers and snowboarders. The mountain’s snowmaking capabilities have been upgraded this year with two new mobile fan guns and the addition of 55 new snowguns on the upper mountain trails. Visit: www.whiteface.com.
Titus Mountain Family Ski Center features 15 new trails this year. The mountain has also updated its Upper Lodge with expanded locker space. The resort, the third largest ski resort in the Adirondack Park, is proud to announce it received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor this year. Visit: www.titusmountain.com.
West Mountain boasts a new triple chairlift that can travel at speeds of 300 – 400 feet per minute. The multi-million lift replacement project is part of a five-year plan initiated two years ago when Apex Capital LLC took over West Mountain. In addition to revamping the Main Lodge, the mountain has tripled its snowmaking capabilities. Future plans include opening more terrain to skiers and boarders, replacing a second triple chairlift and expanding the snowmaking system to allow snowmaking on the Northwest side of the mountain on trails like the A.O.A, a local favorite. Visit: www.westmtn.net
The Catskills: Belleayre Ski Center in Highmont is offering new opportunities at its SnowSports School, by welcoming children as young as five years old. The learning center has also added a coaches-in-training program and a four-week option for its adult midweek workshops. Snowmaking upgrades are complete and its popular new Dreamcatcher Glade, introduced last year, has been widened to accommodate more riders. In addition, the Overlook Lodge Cafeteria has been enlarged, on-mountain signage updates are complete, and the website has been optimized for mobile, tablets and computers. Visit: www.Belleayre.com.
Windham Mountain Ski Resort in Windham has added a new trail called Wildcat, the fourth new trail added in the last three years bringing Windham’s trail count to 54. A new Demo Center will cater to ski equipment renters and two-thirds of the ski rental equipment has been replaced. The resort’s lodging property, the Winwood Inn, has renovated its lobby and upgraded its guest rooms. In addition, Windham plans to launch an enhanced-functionality website prior to this winter season. Visit: www.windhammountain.com.
Central New York: Labrador Mountain, located about 30 minutes south of Syracuse in Truxton, is offering Inter-Mountain Passports this year. In conjunction with Song Mountain, Labrador/Song Mountain Passports will also provide two day complimentary lift tickets at Okemo Mountain Resort as a bonus. The family-oriented ski area has also renovated its Lodge. Visit: www.labradormtn.com.
Woods Valley Ski Area in Rome has developed new Glade Trail Areas, added new ticket sales, and is offering new food/beverage services at its tubing park. Also new this year, ice skating areas are open for both organized team play and recreational use. Visit: www.woodsvalleyskiarea.com.
Chautauqua Allegheny: Swain Resort in Swain, the State’s oldest continuously operated ski area, has two new slope-side, ski in/ski out chalets, with 23 more to be completed over the next few seasons. The new Slopeside Summit, nestled alongside Swain’s proposed future trail system, has added four new trails and will have a total of 36 by 2017. Visit: www.swain.com.
Holiday Valley & Resort in Ellicottville has 37 new automated snow guns, new snowmobiles, a new Pisten Bully 600 groomer, a new 14-passenger shuttle bus, and new lights on two beginner trails. In addition, the resort’s $4 million renovation and upgrade for 2015-16 is nearly complete. Visit: www.holidayvalley.com.
Another Ellicottville ski resort, the HoliMont Ski Area has added a new Pisten Bully groomer for the Terrain Park and has enlarged its beginner section. Visit: www.holimont.com.
Peek ‘n Peak Resort and Spa in Clymer has new rental equipment, new snowmaking pipes, and new belts on its Magic Carpet lifts, totaling $1 million in upgrades and improvements. Visit: www.pknpk.com.
Hudson Valley: Mount Peter, located in Warwick, opened a new learning center snow basin with a Sunkid Carousel, a technical innovation for beginners to help them learn to balance, glide, slide and turn around on skis. In addition, free beginner ski and snowboard lessons will be provided every weekend and holiday all season long. Mount Peter has also opened a designated tubing area that’s more than 500 feet long and has added new snow guns to its fleet. Mount Peter is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this season. Visit: www.mtpeter.com.
Finger Lakes: Bristol Mountain Ski Resort in South Bristol opened a new trail called Lower Universe in preparation for the future Galaxy Glen. The resort has also replaced all of its rental equipment in the Learning Center and has installed a Wintersteiger tuning machine in the Tuning Center. Visit: www.bristolmountain.com.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland completed construction of “Central New York’s Largest Outdoor Deck,” a 6,000 square-foot deck adjacent to the Trax Pub & Grill that stretches to the base of the mountain. The new deck includes a fireplace and fire pit, seating capacity of over 250, and it will utilize all four seasons for weddings and special events. Visit www.Greekpeak.net.