Yes, it’s true. The ski season at New York’s Whiteface Mountain is indeed over. But don’t cry!! First of all, it’s not gone forever, and second of all, when there’s no snow on those mountains, they’re so ripe for mountain biking it’s not even funny. This summer and fall, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, operated by High Peaks Cyclery, are bringing some of the best mountain biking around to New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
All summer season passes and daily lift tickets offer lift-serviced mountain biking via the Cloudsplitter gondola and the High Peaks Cyclery shuttle bus. From there, you can ride 27 hand-built downhill and cross country mountain bike trails, for all levels and abilities. You’ll also find single-track trails between some of the ski trails used for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.
Biking on Whiteface begins with a Bonus Weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 18-20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Beginning Friday, June 25, and continuing through Labor Day, the bike park will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From Labor Day to Columbus Day, biking will be available Friday through Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
During weekends this year, at 11:30 a.m., there will be a free guided tour of the upper mountain, while at 3:30 p.m. each day, everyone is invited to participate in the traditional end of the day group ride. Adult daily tickets cost $35, while children, 12 and under, can ride for $24. Season passes are available through the end of April for $199, a $100 savings off the regular price.
Bike rentals are available at the mountain, as are protective gear including helmets, chest protectors and padding.