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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I live in SW Ontario and I was wondering about good hills in the state of New York. I am looking in New York as it represents a short drive for a weekend, and I could almost get 2 full days of skiing in.

I have been to Vermont a couple of times and many times to Quebec hills and they are great, but for a quick weekend, they represent at least a 9hr drive, which is a bit far without taking a day off.
post #2 of 17
I have only skied two places in NY: White Face and Gore. Gore is an interesting ski area with many nooks and crannies, but not lots of continuous verticle. White Face has great verticle, challenging terrain and intermediates complain the main runs get skied off quickly leaving them with the ice 'Ice Face' is notorious for. I like White Face and think Lake Placid is a fun ski town. neithwer mountain gets the same amount of snow the Northern VT or Eastern township areas of Quebec get.
post #3 of 17
if you're near buffalo, holiday valley is about an hour away from there, and is pretty decent for a small hill. it's kind of overpriced, but they have a few deals available on their website for multiple tickets. there's also kissing bridge about 45 minutes outside of buffalo, it's smaller and cheaper than the valley, and bristol mountain south of rochester which has 1200 feet of vertical and much longer trails than just about anywhere else between the adirondacks and the rockies. of those three, holiday valley is the only one with a real ski town and slopeside lodging. there's also holimont, which is located in ellicottville next to holiday valley, but it's a private club and they are closed to the public on weekends. you can ski there on weekdays though, and it's really nice.

www.kbski.com
www.holidayvalley.com
www.bristolmountain.com
www.holimont.com
post #4 of 17
I would vote for Holimont, but I'm sure you could have predicted that. Holiday Valley is a good time as well and the go-to place if you want night skiing. At 4:20pm, Holimont turns into a sledding / drinking hill which is a good time as well.

Holimont is indeed private but getting signed in is rarely a problem. Just get in touch with a member and get signed in.

If you race, Kissing Bridge is a blast on Thursday nights with the Niagara Adult Racing league hoding races every Thursday from January to March.

Hope that helps!

Cheers.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the great replies.

I will look into some of these hills. Sounds like Bristol is the biggie though.
post #6 of 17
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Thanks for all of the great replies.

I will look into some of these hills. Sounds like Bristol is the biggie though.
bristol has the most vertical, but not much in the way of variety. i think i prefer both holimont and holiday valley to bristol. although the comet express quad does allow you to get in a lot of runs at bristol, especially on weekdays when it's not crowded.
post #7 of 17
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bristol has the most vertical, but not much in the way of variety. i think i prefer both holimont and holiday valley to bristol. although the comet express quad does allow you to get in a lot of runs at bristol, especially on weekdays when it's not crowded.
Don't you find your runs at Holiday Valley are way too short? I would say all the trails, except the two or so runs under the Mardi Gras are about 400-500ft vert tops. Add that to the slow lifts, and you don't get many good runs in. Besides the two Mardi Gras runs (which are the posted 750ft vert) are so flat that they're not very interesting. Bristol on the other hand has a lot of different ways you can put together 1200ft vertical skiing by crossing over to adjacent trails and what not.

The glades (with the natural snow) are about the only aspect of Holiday Valley that anyone I know prefers to Bristol.

As well, I don't think anyone has mentioned it, but the terrain parks at Bristol are pretty cool. I like how there's a beginners park to the left of the main one... The majority of rails and kickers I see at most resorts are a little too extreme for my likings. The beginners one at Bristol though, is quite a bit of fun even for me. And for the advanced, Bristols terrain park is the best in Western NY too.
post #8 of 17
maybe i just prefer holiday valley because it's closer. i go on weekday mornings, so lift lines aren't a problem. i won't go near the place on nights or weekends though. bristol just skis a lot smaller than it looks on paper. the longer runs there are nice, but they are all the same and it's in the middle of nowhere. i don't ski park, so i can't comment on that.
post #9 of 17
Not to seem too much of a "homer" but Bristol does have the vertical and we manage to amuse ourselves there for about 60 days a year. The big advantage Holiday Valley has is the variety of trail "pods"-Bristol is pretty much all on one face. But at HV you sure seem to get to the bottom pretty fast!

I finally got to see more of Holimont than the race hill last year (Thanks Lars!) and really liked it! It skis bigger than it looks-reminds me of a small Sutton in the way it's laid out. I'm going to plan a trip there with my wife sometime this winter-I'm sure she'll enjoy it.
post #10 of 17
With 500,000 skier visits/year I imagine sking at Holiday Valley on a weekend must pretty crowded.
post #11 of 17
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With 500,000 skier visits/year I imagine sking at Holiday Valley on a weekend must pretty crowded.
Yep.

But if you've ever been to Blue Mountain (90min north of Toronto) on a weekend, you'd think HV was a ghost town. 750,000 lift tickets per year (3rd most in Canada next to Whistler and Tremblant), and a season pass in the $150 ballpark. Picture 99.9% of those skiers only skiing weekends and serve those skiers by just 4 high speed six packs (with a number of bunny lifts, carpets, etc thrown in). Its a true nightmare.

Mid-week though... those six-packs and zero lift lines get you a hell of a lot of logged vertical.
post #12 of 17
You want a real mountain -- Whiteface with Gore a close second , Hunter third the rest are ok but NOT in the same class .
post #13 of 17
Whiteface has a ton of vert (more than any resort in the east I believe). Hunter/Windham are also options, though I imagine those are a haul for you...
post #14 of 17
Guys, If the Quebec hills are a 9 hour drive, as the OP states, then Whiteface is going to be long-ass drive. He is in Ontario, western Ontario, looking for something close to home, meaning western New York. It's a damn wide state.
post #15 of 17
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You want a real mountain -- Whiteface with Gore a close second , Hunter third the rest are ok but NOT in the same class .
I'd go a not-so-close first place to Whiteface. Gore is a far away second place--it just feels really small in my opinion compared to Whiteface. Hunter is third and Windham a close 4th. Those are the only decent mountains in NY IMO.
post #16 of 17
I live in Southern Ontario, and if I could day trip Whiteface, I'd be there every weekend. As it's over 6 hours away, I'll stick to Bristol (maybe 2-2.5 hours).
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yeah I'm really looking for something close to London (where I am located).

My regular hill is Blue Mountain...and I know how busy that gets!!
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