---- — LAKE PLACID — Readers of SnowEast Magazine tabbed Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Belleayre in Highmount as their top ski resorts in the Empire State.
More than 6,000 people participated in the survey.
With more than 50 ski resorts throughout the state, Whiteface Mountain led the list of New York facilities, while Gore came in at No. 2.
Belleayre Ski Resort was fourth.
“I think that this is a testament to the entire staff of all three resorts,” Olympic Regional Development Authority Chairman Pat Barrett said in a statement.
“Our goal at these three resorts, and all of the venues that ORDA manages, is to give our guests and visitors the best experience possible. The results of this survey certainly go a long way to prove that.”
Whiteface and Belleayre also received additional accolades from the magazine’s readers.
Whiteface, home of the longest vertical in the East, was chosen as the readers’ second overall Favorite Ski Resort in the East and as their most Scenic Ski Resort.
The Olympic mountain also earned high marks for its snowmaking and grooming, finishing third in both categories, and terrain park, chosen sixth overall.
The Village of Lake Placid earned top honors as the magazine’s Favorite Destination Village.
Belleayre Ski Resort, which opened in 1949, was named the state’s sixth Favorite Ski Resort and the fourth best Classic Resort.
For this coming season, ORDA is offering a Ski3 Pass that allows skiers to visit all three resorts and provides season-pass-holder perks. For more information, log onto www.nyski3.com.
Check out the SnowEast Magazine Readers’ Survey at www.snoweastmagazine.com.