Lake George is in a great location near several wonderful ski resorts. Between winter's often abundant snowfall averages, and excellent snowmaking abilities, most ski centers are able to provide skiing from late November through mid-April!
West Mountain is located just a few exits south of Lake George on I-87 in Queensbury, and it is a great mountain for beginners and families. West is home to 30 trails that range from easy to challenging, and has the ability to make snow on 80% of the terrain.
West also features a snow tubing park with mild and more adventurous chutes, as well as night skiing on weekends.
Gore Mountain is an easy drive north from Lake George in North Creek, a quaint Adirondack community that's been welcoming skiers since the early 1930s. Gore features 109 alpine trails as well as 9 cross-country and snowshoe trails spread over 439 skiable acres, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert.
In addition to Gore's extensive snowmaking capabilities, snowfall averages 150 inches or more a year. Gore also includes the North Creek Ski Bowl where you can enjoy tubing and family-friendly day and twilight skiing and snowboarding. To visit Gore Mountain, travel north from Lake George for 5 miles to Warrensburg and continue through the town until you reach the intersection with Rt. 28 (on your left), which will take you to North Creek.
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Farther away, but a manageable day trip to Vermont, is Bromley – a family-friendly mountain with an enjoyable southern exposure. There are 47 trails over varied terrain, ranging from beginner to expert, as well as lots of activities for the kids. You can reach Bromley via Route 149 from Lake George, through Granville and to Manchester. Bromley is 7 miles outside of Manchester, VT. For weather, trail information, and directions, visit their website at www.bromley.com.
Also in Vermont, and about the same distance away as Bromley, is Killington. This large ski resort features over 200 day trails, including snow tubing, alpine skiing, and snowshoe trails. Killington receives an average of 250 inches of snow annually, in addition to snowmaking capabilities. Killington is also reached by taking Route 149 from Lake George to Route 4, which you will follow through Rutland and to Killington. For weather, trail information and directions, visit their website at www.killington.com.