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The eastern half of the maroon portions on this map is the approximate reach of ski country in New York and Pennsylvania.

Ski country is the hilly, snowy portions of the boundary between the Niagara Frontier and the Southern Tier of the western part of New York.


Further information: snowbelt

The area is a largely hilly terrain, mostly downwind from Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, along the Eastern Continental Divide between the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River and Susquehanna River watersheds. The result of this is that through orographic lift, a significant amount of lake effect snow falls there during the months of November, December and January.

The portion of ski country in Western New York is defined by a geologic formation known as the Chautauqua Ridge.

Ski destinations

As the name implies, the area is particularly popular with skiers, and there are several ski resorts that stretch from Pennsylvania into Central New York. The local ski resorts primarily offer alpine skiing while the numerous state parks use their hiking trails for cross-country skiing. Overall, the state of New York is the third-most popular skiing destination in the United States, behind Colorado and California, with neighboring Vermont a close fourth.[1]

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (February 2011)


See also: List of ski areas and resorts in the United States § New York

New York

State parks

See also


  1. ^ NY ski resorts hoping to build on stellar 2020-21 season. Associated Press. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b State park ski areas closed but not forgotten. Ellicottville Times.
  3. ^ Bluemont ski area brings back memories. Ellicottville Times.
  4. ^ "Grosstal/Ski Wing/Wing Hollow: A Storied History, Races, Parties and Unsolved Murder". 4 February 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ Clark, Bob (March 24, 2013).Remember when ... Olean was Ski City? Olean Times Herald. Retrieved March 25, 2013.