Finger Lakes Skiing
The Finger Lakes region is a winter sports enthusiast’s dream come true. The cold winds that sweep across Lakes Ontario and Erie deposit lake-effect snow all over the Central New York region, even when there are no other weather systems present. This ensures a long season of widespread snow-cover that brings skiers of all types to the Finger Lakes region from all over the east. The Finger Lakes region boasts nearly 30 groomed and maintained cross-country trails and parks, as well as several excellent downhill ski areas. With the number and variety of trails, the Finger Lakes offers a wonderful skiing experience for skiers of every skill level, whether you’re looking for a quiet stride through a snowy back-woods trail, or looking to fly down the mountainside with the wind whipping in your face.
Where to go Downhill Skiing in the Finger Lakes:
Located in the quaint town of Virgil, NY, on the eastern most edge of the Finger Lakes, Greek Peak Ski Resort is one of the most popular and well-appointed ski resorts in all of Central New York. Offering 32 trails of every skill-level and terrain type, as well as 8 lifts covering 228 acres, Greek Peak offers something for skiers of every age and skill. Attached to the resort is Hope Lake Lodge, a spectacular mountain lodge resort that houses its own indoor water park, Cascades. Learn More
Just west of Canandaigua Lake lies Bristol Mountain ski resort. Geared towards the intermediate and novice skier (82% of the trails are marked for these skill levels), Bristol offers a wonderful skiing experience in a beautiful location. With trails up to 2 miles in length, you can shoosh to your heart’s content on one of the 34 slopes and trails, or shred your way through one of the two terrain parks before warming up in the slope-side waffle house.
Just east of Labrador Mountain in the village of Fabius, NY sits Toggenburg, a favorite downhill ski area of the locals due to its out-of-the-way location and comparatively smaller crowds. Sporting 24 trails serviced by 5 lifts, and two terrain parks, Toggenburg provides a wonderful skiing experience a little off the beaten path.
Located just off of Interstate 81 in the village of Tully, Song Mountain is one of the most accessible ski resorts in the area. Song Mountain boasts 24 trails of every skill-level, and 5 lifts that can carry almost 6000 skiers per hour up the slopes, ensuring that you’ll get the most skiing for your money without waiting in long lift lines. 75% of Song Mountain’s trails are bathed in light during the evenings, making it quite a sight to see as you drive South down I81.
With the highest percentage of expert trails in the region (33%), Labrador Mountain offers plenty to satisfy both the expert and novice skier alike. Located in the small village of Truxton, NY in the eastern Finger Lakes, Labrador Mountain offers 22 trails with an average snowfall of 125 inches each winter.
Skaneateles Ski Club (private)
Finger Lakes Ski Club (private)
Hunt Hollow (private)