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Whiteface-Mountain has been ranked as the top ski resort in the eastern United States by readers of SKI Magazine for three years, and was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games and the 2003 U.S. National Alpine Championships. Whiteface Mountain has 75 trails and a vertical drop of 3,430 feet, which is the greatest vertical drop in the east, and ten lifts, including one eight-passenger gondola. Children's programs are available on the Mountain, as well as a snow sports school, lodging and shopping. Winter sports, aside from skiing, include bobsled, luge, ice skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice fishing. In summertime, Whiteface Mountain offers gondola rides that whisks visitors from the base lodge to the top of Little Whiteface in less than fifteen minutes. This thrilling ride goes over wooded areas and breathtaking views of the Au Sable River, past the Adirondack High Peaks and at the summit, an observation deck and picnic tables awaits visitors. Other activities in the Whiteface Mountain area in summer include mountain biking, hiking, fishing, rock climbing and golf. Whiteface Mountain is ten minutes to Lake Placid and 30 minutes to Lake George. An Oktoberfest is held on Whiteface Mountain in early October, and features games, amusement rides, German food and beer, a craft market, pony rides and a climbing wall.

Surrounding areas: Wilmington, New York (4.5 mi), Lake Placid, New York (6.9 mi), Jay, New York (8.8 mi), Keene, New York (9.4 mi), Saranac Lake, New York (11.6 mi), Loon Lake, New York (14.9 mi), Augur Lake, New York (20.8 mi)

Whiteface Mountain Vacation Rentals

Whiteface Mountain Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hilton Lake Placid Resort1 Mirror Lake DrLake Placid, NY6.1 mi.(518) 523-4411
Hotel ST Moritz31 Saranac AveLake Placid, NY6.6 mi.(518) 523-9240
Comfort Inn On Lake Placid2125 Saranac AveLake Placid, NY6.7 mi.(518) 523-9555
Edge Of The Lake Motel56 Saranac AveLake Placid, NY6.7 mi.(518) 523-9430
Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Lake Placid1 Olympic DrLake Placid, NY6.9 mi.(518) 523-2556
Adirondak LojAdirondack Loj RdLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-3441
Econo LodgeCascade RdLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-2812
Econo LodgeLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-2817
Edelweiss Motel2806 Wilmington RdLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-3821
Jack Rabbit InnCascade RdLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-0123
Schulte's Motor InnRt 73 Cascade RdLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-3532
Thunderbird Motor InnMain StLake Placid, NY7.1 mi.(518) 523-2439
Adirondack Inn By The Lake2625 Main StLake Placid, NY7.3 mi.(518) 523-2424
Best Western Golden Arrow Hotel2559 Main StLake Placid, NY7.3 mi.(518) 523-3353
Courtyard By Marriott5920 Cascade RdLake Placid, NY7.8 mi.(518) 523-2900
Villa Motel1875 Rt 9Keeseville, NY23.0 mi.(518) 834-7579
The Westport Hotel6691 Main StWestport, NY27.4 mi.(518) 962-4501

Whiteface Mountain Weather & Climate

The Adirondack Mountains, near Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, enjoys four specific seasons with winters that are crisp, cold and snowy and warm, pleasant summers with low humidity. In spring and autumn, the days are warm and the evenings cool, perfect for viewing the wildflowers of April or the colors of fall. The average summer temperature is 75 F (24 C) and the average low is 50F (10 C); winter's average high is 27 F (-3 C) and the average low is 5 F (-15 C). The annual precipitation is 39 inches, keeping the forests green and the lakes and streams flowing. As with most mountain climates, the weather can change quickly, however, so be prepared. A sunny day can turn stormy very quickly in the higher elevations. Luckily, the Adirondacks do not experience the devastation of tornadoes, earthquakes or hurricanes as do some other areas of the country. There is no specific rainy season; rather there are both wet and dry spells in every season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 5°F 2.67 in. -
February 30°F 7°F 2.00 in. -
March 40°F 16°F 2.77 in. -
April 51°F 28°F 2.85 in. -
May 65°F 39°F 3.33 in. -
June 73°F 48°F 4.08 in. -
July 77°F 53°F 4.02 in. -
August 75°F 51°F 4.23 in. -
September 67°F 44°F 4.21 in. -
October 56°F 34°F 3.49 in. -
November 43°F 24°F 3.41 in. -
December 31°F 11°F 2.77 in. -

Whiteface Mountain Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Adirondack Regional airport (SLK) located about 15 miles west of Whiteface Mountain in Saranac Lake, New York, the Plattsburgh International airport (PBG) located approximately 29 miles northeast of Whiteface Mountain in Plattsburgh, New York, the Clinton County airport (PLB) located roughly 29 miles northeast of Whiteface Mountain in Plattsburgh, New York, the Burlington International airport (BTV) located around 37 miles east of Whiteface Mountain in Burlington, Vermont, the Edward F Knapp State airport (MPV) located about 67 miles east of Whiteface Mountain in Barre - Montpelier, Vermont, the Floyd Bennett Memorial airport (GFL) located approximately 72 miles south of Whiteface Mountain in Glens Falls, New York, and finally the Rutland State airport (RUT) located roughly 74 miles southeast of Whiteface Mountain in Rutland, Vermont.

Whiteface Mountain Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Great EscapeLake GeorgeNY65.6 mi.
Magic Forest ParkLake GeorgeNY65.6 mi.
Enchanted ForestOld ForgeNY69.9 mi.
Sherman's Amusement ParkCaroga LakeNY88.7 mi.
Water Parks
Water Slide WorldLake GeorgeNY65.6 mi.
Enchanted Forest/Water SafariOld ForgeNY69.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Craig Wood Golf & Country ClubLake PlacidNY6.9 mi.
Saranac Lake Golf ClubRay BrookNY9.9 mi.
Saranac Inn Golf & Country ClubSaranac LakeNY11.6 mi.
Camroden Golf CourseRomeNY12.2 mi.
Delta Knolls Golf CenterRomeNY12.2 mi.
Golf KnollsRomeNY12.2 mi.
Rome Country ClubRomeNY12.2 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf & Country ClubRomeNY12.2 mi.
AuSable Valley Golf CourseAu Sable ForksNY12.6 mi.
Loon Lake Golf CourseLoon LakeNY14.9 mi.
Willsboro Golf ClubWillsboroNY25.0 mi.
Westport Country ClubWestportNY26.7 mi.
Port Kent Golf CoursePort KentNY27.0 mi.
Ski Areas
WhitefaceWilmingtonNY4.5 mi.
Bolton Valley ResortBoltonVT50.5 mi.
Gore MountainNorth CreekNY51.2 mi.
Mad River GlenWaitsfieldVT54.7 mi.
SugarbushWarrenVT54.7 mi.
Smugglers NotchJeffersonvilleVT56.3 mi.
Stowe Mountain ResortStoweVT60.5 mi.
Middlebury CollegeHancockVT60.8 mi.
KillingtonKillingtonVT73.3 mi.
West MountainGlens FallsNY74.1 mi.
Suicide SixWoodstockVT85.8 mi.
Okemo Mountain ResortLudlowVT89.9 mi.
Willard MountainGreenwichNY90.4 mi.
Snow RidgeTurinNY90.7 mi.
BromleyManchester CenterVT92.3 mi.
Ascutney Mountain ResortBrownsvilleVT94.5 mi.
StrattonStratton MountainVT99.6 mi.
Shu-maker MountainLittle FallsNY103.1 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH107.0 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH112.8 mi.
State Parks
Adirondack State ParkNY25.2 mi. 
Button Bay State ParkVT30.2 mi. 
Kings Bay State ParkVT31.3 mi. 
Mount Philo State ParkVT34.9 mi. 
Cumberland Bay State ParkNY35.0 mi. 
Miner Lake State ParkNY36.7 mi. 
Sand Bar State ParkVT37.1 mi. 
Grand Isle State ParkVT37.2 mi. 
Mallets Bay State ParkVT38.1 mi. 
Charles Dickert Memorial Wildlife MuseumSaranac LakeNY11.6 mi.(Science)
Shelburne MuseumShelburneVT33.4 mi.(Art)
Penfield Homestead MuseumCrown PointNY36.8 mi.(History)
Adirondack MuseumBlue Mountain LakeNY44.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Utica ZooUticaNY109.8 mi.

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