If skiing’s what counts, go to Whiteface Mountain. A two-time host of the Winter Olympic Games, Whiteface offers the chance to ski down unremittingly steep Olympic courses. The area has a bit of a reputation for frigid temperatures and icy terrain but for confident skiers with sharp skis maintaining control just adds to the thrill. Among Whiteface’s (nicknamed Iceface) best qualities are The Slides which comprise 35 acres of side country that include a frozen waterfall and heaps of boulders. If conditions are right, and you’re good enough, you can ski right down the waterfall – pretty sweet.

Whiteface also lays claim to the East coast’s greatest vertical drop at 3,430 feet (1,045m). It’s a big mountain with plenty of diverse terrain that includes steep fall line, cliffs, New England style winding trails and lots of marked glades. The longest run is the Wilmington Trail at 2.1 miles. 

As for extra-curriculars, the resort has bagged Ski Magazine’s No.1 spot for off-hill activities for 20 consecutive years. Non-skiing thrills include speed skating on the Olympic oval, elevator rides to the top of the 120-metre ski jump and bobsled rides at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

For chilling and eating, the very lovely Lake Placid is only ten miles away and offers a wealth of dining and après-ski options. Particularly good is the award-winning Lake Placid Pub and Brewery which serves traditional pub grub and melt in your mouth s’mores.

Transport from NYC

Driving time: 289 miles/5hrs15

From NYC, take the New York State Thruway (I-87) north to Exit 24 (Albany). Take I-87 north (Adirondack Northway) to Exit 30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow for two miles to Route 73. Continue on Route 73 for 28 miles to Lake Placid.

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