Living on the Adirondack Coast you learn to not simply just wait for winter but to welcome it! Visitors during the colder months can see why my favorite color is winter white. As an avid skier having the greatest vertical drop in the east in my backyard keeps me active all winter long. Whether its first tracks or last chair, visitors can experience some of the best skiing and riding in the east right here on the Adirondack Coast. The Adirondack Coast is less than an hour drive from Whiteface Mountain, known as the Olympic Mountain – having hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games’ – Whiteface offers exciting terrain and world class alpine events. Titus Mountain is ideal for families wanting gentler terrain, beginner glades, night skiing, tubing and features a sugar house right on the mountain. Nearby Beartown Ski Area is great for families with small children.
Thrill seekers wanting a little more action can check out Lyon Mountain for some backcountry skiing. Wanting to backcountry ski in the Adirondacks is only natural with our terrain and snow. Standing at 3,830’ Lyon Mountain dominates the western sky of the Adirondack Coast. The large massif has long been a draw for backcountry skiers – and for good reason. Owned by New York State, Lyon Mountain, now classified as a “wild forest,” was once home to the Lowenberg Ski Area. Today it has a strong local following for its reputation as a snow pocket. The trail is unmarked but most often ski tracks will lead the way up the 90-minute climb and down the gentle, gladed descent.
There is more to winter skiing then just in the mountains. The Adirondack Coast offers Nordic skiers an extensive network of trails, both groomed and natural, in their choice of park or natural setting. In their winter form, local parks and beaches, such as Point au Roche and Ausable Point, offer wonderful opportunities to explore the shoreline or tree-lined routes. Many cross-country ski trails are multi-use and offer snowshoeing tracks.
Explore these outdoor activities on the Adirondack Coast this winter and you’re favorite color will soon be winter white!