Western New York is home to some grand ol’ things, and when I moved to Rochester from Connecticut, one of the things I was most excited and nervous about was the winters. I heard Western New York winters were brutal, but that’s not to say the cold weather comes without any good. If you enjoy winter for the snow and sports like I do, you’re in for a real treat.
Whether you’re a snowboarder, a skier, or a little bit of both, you’ve got to check out the two mountains that get the most recognition in this area: Gore Mountain and Bristol Mountain. That’s not to say that there aren’t more mountains out there, but Nazareth College has a Ski/Snowboard Club that allows access to Bristol and Gore is simply one of Western New York’s best!
Bristol Mountain is the mountain you’ll want to get to if you’re looking for a close-to-home, exciting experience. It’s less than a 40-minute drive to the mountain from our Nazareth College campus. The mountain offers 1200’ of vertical, 35 slopes and trails that allow variety for every level of snowboarder or skier, and lit trails for those who prefer to hit the slopes at night. Their state of the art snowmaking allows for the best possible conditions for their enthusiastic snow-sport fanatic. (Check out their website for prices, conditions, and even a live webcam view of the mountain.)
Gore Mountain is a little further of a drive from campus, a 3 hour and 40-minute drive, but it’s worth every minute of it. Gore Mountain is in the heart of the Adirondacks and if you’ve ever driven through there, it’s obvious to see that the sights are just as beautiful from the bottom of the mountain as they are at the top. Gore Mountain offers 2, 537 feet vertical with 109 trails. This large mountain has several lifts, including an eight-passenger Gondola and two high-speed quads. Not only that though! The mountain also scatters restaurants all over the mountain so that you never need to stop the fun. (Check out the fun here with scenic pictures, lift tickets, and recent conditions.)
There’s still some time left in the ski season, and many specials run through the end of this month.