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Family Ski Resort Choices, in Six Regions


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New York State

short-cut to: family skiing in New England, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah, Canada.

Family skiers in New York state can head to two mountain ranges "upstate", the Catskills and the Adirondacks; plus some smaller slopes, too.

Lake Placid, in the vast Adirondacks, was the site of the 1980 (and 1932) Winter Olympics; Whiteface Mountain ski resort is at the head of Lake Placid, with great views and highest vertical drop in the east, at 3430 feet. At Whiteface, Kids Kampus is a "one stop shop" with lift tix, rentals, kids programs; teens can do an all-day Whiteface Teen Experience.

Lake Placid also has an Olympic Center where you might see a Ski Jump competition, or ride up to the skydeck, or try some virtual reality ski-jumping yourself; or try the Olympic bobsled course. Or simply ride the town's giant old-fashioned toboggan run that shoots you onto Mirror Lake.

Further south in the giant Adirondack Park is year-round tourist area Lake George; families can ski at nearby smallish Gore Mountain, with 347 skiable acres in North Creek NY. Lake George has a Winter Carnival in February.

Closer still to NYC (just a hundred miles), in the smaller Catskills Mountains is family-friendly Bellayre: small, with 171 skiable acres and vert of 1404 feet; operated by the state of New York on "forever wild" land. There's a Kidscamp, Nursery/Day Care, and a bus from NYC that includes your lift ticket.

Meanwhile, in western NY state there's Holiday Valley: "Consistently rated by visitors as the best ski resort in Western NY, Holiday Valley is a small, charming resort." Vert is 750 feet.

The I Love NY site covers skiing and other winter activities in NY state.

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