March 17, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Encourages New Yorkers to Enjoy Winter Sports and Recreation Following March Snowstorm

Governor Cuomo Encourages New Yorkers to Enjoy Winter Sports and Recreation Following March Snowstorm

New York Mountains and Resorts Covered in Fresh Powder for Skiers and Snowboarders of all Ages Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface Join M.A.X. Pass Program and Invite Travelers From Across the Nation to Ski New York Trails Governor Reminds New Yorkers to Enjoy 22nd Annual Maple Weekend Beginning Saturday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today encouraged residents and visitors to explore New York's world class parks, snowmobile trails, ski resorts and outdoor attractions this weekend following the massive snowstorm that brought nearly 42 inches of snow to areas of Upstate New York. The Governor also announced three state-owned ski resorts – Belleayre Ski Resort, Gore Mountain and Whiteface Mountain – have joined the Multi Alpine Experience Pass program, bringing more skiers and snowboarders from across the United States and Canada to experience New York’s ski areas.

"New York is home to dozens of ski resorts and thousands of groomed trails for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more, and after this latest snow storm that brought as much as three feet in regions throughout the state – there is no better time to embrace the cold and enjoy winter recreation in the Empire State,” Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage everyone to experience New York’s world class ski destinations, while enjoying top-notch food and beverage and family fun found in every community of the state."

There are 51 ski resorts in New York – more than any other state in the country, including three state-owned resorts. This week, Whiteface Mountain received more than 40 inches of snow, Belleayre reported 36 inches of snow and Gore Mountain received 29 inches total.

Other ski resorts across the state are reporting similar results. In the Catskills, Hunter Mountain received 43 inches of snow, while Windham Mountain has 46 trails open after receiving 30 inches of fresh powder. In the North Country, Titus Mountain in Malone received 50 inches of snow this week and has 38 trails open. Central New York’s Song Mountain and Toggenburg Mountain each received more than 30 inches of snowfall, while Greek Peak Mountain Resort saw 28 inches. In Western New York, Bristol Mountain and Holiday Valley each received about 20 inches of fresh snow.

The M.A.X. Pass Program
Governor Cuomo also announced Belleayre Ski Resort, Gore Mountain and Whiteface Mountain have joined the Multi Alpine Experience Pass program. The M.A.X. Pass gives skiers and snowboarders access to more than 40 mountains throughout North America.

Originally created by Intrawest, Powdr Corps and Boyne to encourage ski visits across the nation, pass holders receive five days at each of the 44 participating resorts with no blackout dates. It also gives them the flexibility to ski where and when they want, while experiencing unique mountains and a variety of incredible terrain throughout North America. For more information on the M.A.X. Pass, visit the following websites,, and

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the fresh snow and enjoy winter scenery by heading to New York State Parks and Historic sites. There are more than 2,000 miles of trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing found across New York. Rentals are available at some locations and visitors are encouraged to call ahead for availability.

Winter recreation and trails recommended by State Parks staff are available here.

In addition, cross-country skiers and snowshoers can enjoy winter recreation at the Camp Santanoni Winter Weekend on March 18 and 19. This is the last weekend State Department of Environmental Conservation will host Camp Santanoni Winter Weekend events and open the historic property in the Adirondacks to the public for recreational opportunities.

The area received three feet of snow this week and DEC staff and volunteers are working to manually groom trails for visitors. Trail conditions and weather will be excellent for skiing, snowshoeing, and outdoors activities. Visitors to this historic Adirondack Great Camp can ski or snowshoe five miles from the Gate Lodge Complex to the Main Lodge Complex on the original carriage road. Skis or snowshoes must be worn on the trail. Free snowshoes will be available at the Gate Lodge.

New York is home to 10,500 miles of snowmobile trails, which are groomed and maintained by more than 230 local snowmobile clubs. The state’s snowmobiling community generates a total economic impact of approximately $868 million, according to a 2011 study by the State University at Potsdam. More information on snowmobiling, online registration for out-of-state snowmobilers, and more can be found here.

For updated maps of New York’s snowmobile trails, visit or contact your local snowmobile club to check the latest trail conditions.

22nd Annual Maple Weekends
Off the slopes and trails, New York's 22nd Annual Maple Weekends begins this Saturday, March 18 with nearly 170 maple farms across the state offering tours and pancake breakfasts, selling delicious maple products and demonstrating the syrup-making process. Beyond tours and tastings, activities at participating farms may include horse and wagon rides, snowshoeing and guided walks. A searchable list of Maple Weekend events is available at

Winter travel is responsible for 21 percent of New York’s total tourism, accounting for more than $13 billion in direct visitor spending in 2015. More information on winter tourism in New York State is available at and on the free I LOVE NEW YORK mobile app, available for download on the iTunes and Google Play app stores or at

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "When it snows, there is truly something for everyone in New York State – from skiing and snowboarding at our world-class ski centers to family-friendly parks and attractions. This weekend, I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to find time to enjoy one, or several of the many winter activities and destinations throughout the state."

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "This weekend is a great opportunity with perfect conditions for visitors to enjoy winter outdoor recreation with their family and friends while in the magnificent wilderness setting of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Events like these are part of Governor Cuomo and DEC's efforts to work with local communities to increase tourism and economic activity by showcasing this remarkable natural areas of New York State. The increasing popularity of the Winter Weekends has brought many new visitors to the North Country and we encourage everyone to come out this weekend and take advantage of these winter activities and viewing opportunities."

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, "Don't let the winter weather keep you from visiting a state park or historic site. They offer family-friendly activities year-round, and you might be surprised at the unique ways to enjoy the great outdoors when snow is on the ground."

New York State Snowmobile Association Executive Director Dominic Jacangelo said, "While this very significant late winter storm has created inconvenience for many, it also has provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of what Upstate New York has to offer in winter sports. Make that trip to Upstate New York and enjoy the thousands of miles of snowmobile trails which have been reopened from Niagara to Plattsburgh. The late snow has made perfect conditions on several trails with more than thirty inches of new snow in many areas."

Ski Association of New York President Scott Brandi said, "Between this week's snowfall and some areas expecting more this weekend, we welcome all skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the fresh powder at New York’s more than 50 ski resorts. You can find a ski area in New York within two hours of any metro area outside Long Island, meaning you can ski more and drive less when you hit the slopes this weekend."

ORDA Interim President/CEO and Gore Mountain General Manager Mike Pratt said, "We are thrilled to be able to bring the M.A.X. Pass holders to New York. This is a terrific opportunity to introduce a group of winter sports enthusiasts who may otherwise not discover Belleayre, Gore, Whiteface and New York State skiing. We are excited to gain exposure and possibly new visitors from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Canada. This program gives skiers and snowboarders quite a few options to visit any of our three resorts."


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