The crisp winter air. The fresh powder. The rush of excitement. There's nothing like strapping on the skis and spending a day on the slopes. And there's nowhere like the Adirondacks to do it.
When visitors stay at Saranac Waterfront Lodge, they enjoy convenient access to a number of ski resorts that offer downhill trails, cross-country terrain, tubing, and more. Skiers of any skill level can find the perfect place to admire the beautiful mountain views, get some exercise, and have a ton of fun.
Here are some top picks for any kind of ski outing, all within a short trip of the hotel and Saranac Lake, New York.
For Experts Seeking an Olympic-Worthy Challenge
Whiteface Mountain, which served as a venue for the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, features the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies. Located 27 minutes (18 miles) from Saranac Waterfront Lodge in Wilmington, Whiteface encompasses a base lodge with equipment rentals and 90-plus trails that cover 25 miles. Its three peaks offer a wide range of terrain for all skill levels, including the Wilmington Trail — the longest single intermediate run in the Northeast at 2.1 miles. But experienced skiers will especially revel in the extensive selection of heart-thumping expert runs, led by the double-black-diamond Slides. This series of steep, narrow chutes is accessible only by hiking from the top of the Summit Quad lift to a height three times taller than the Empire State Building.
For Families of Beginners and Non-Skiers
Inviting gentle slopes are the distinguishing characteristic of the 15 skiable acres at Mount Pisgah Recreation Center. With lessons and plenty blue and green runs, it's an ideal spot for visitors with limited skiing skills to enjoy a leisurely afternoon just 10 minutes from Saranac Waterfront Lodge. Because the lift is a T-bar style, riders can hop off at any point and make their run as long or short as they want. For children or anyone else in the family who isn't even ready for the green trails, Mount Pisgah also offers two tubing runs, letting them experience the thrill of the ride without the learning curve.
For Adventurers Wanting to Try Something New While Enjoying the Scenery
The area around Saranac Waterfront Lodge has two spots designed exclusively for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Set less than 2 miles from the hotel is Dewey Mountain, where the trails range from beginner loops to ungroomed, backcountry experiences. Lower Mountain trails are lighted, while east- and west-side snowshoe trails boast amazing views of the Saranac Chain of Lakes from the Dewey Mountain summit.
At the Paul Smith's College Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC), located about 20 minutes from Saranac Waterfront Lodge, the wide variety of cross-country and skate ski trails are open from dawn to dusk. They take visitors around and through many natural sites, including forests, beaver ponds, Heron Marsh, and Shingle Mill Falls.
Bonus: Paul Smith's College VIC allows dogs on all terrain, Dewey Mountain allows them on snowshoe trails, and both sites offer equipment rentals.
For Visitors Who Like Lots of Options
Can't decide between cross-country skiing or tubing, day or night skiing, or practice for racing or freestyling? Titus Mountain lets guests do it all, just 50 minutes north from Saranac Waterfront Lodge. The choices span 50 trails of varying difficulty, including 15 downhill runs that are lighted for night skiing. Those looking to up the ante can take lessons in racing with trained experts. Others will find groomed cross-country trails, a newly renovated tubing hill with a 550-foot conveyer lift, and three terrain parks featuring rails, boxes, jumps, and jibs for skiers and snowboarders. There's even an option for groups to reserve exclusive weekday access to the Upper Mountain, complete with rentals, lessons, and food services.
Ready to Hit the Slopes?
Book a winter getaway at Saranac Waterfront Lodge and get ready for an exciting ski excursion surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondacks.