Kissing Bridge in New York is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Kissing Bridge, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsThe highly publicized, heavy snowfall in upstate New York may look scary on television, but it's a welcome sight to those on the slopes at Kissing Bridge. The Buffalo-area resort in Glenwood reaps the benefits of lake-effect snow, which fuels an average annual snowfall of 180 inches. Kissing Bridge is accessible to a broad region, as the resort is just 30 minutes from Buffalo; 90 minutes from Erie, Pennsylvania; 2 1/2 hours from Toronto, Canada and 3 1/2 hours from Cleveland, Ohio. Kissing Bridge offers slopes and lessons for everyone from experts to families with small children during its ski season, which typically runs December through March.
The MountainKissing Bridge is quite large; visitors can explore the trails across a width of more than a mile, and the resort area spans nearly 800 total acres. The summit at Kissing Bridge is 1,750 feet above sea level, and the total vertical drop is 600 feet. Kissing Bridge is divided into three areas: the north, central and south slopes, with the first two areas consisting of natural and machine-produced snow and the latter containing only natural snow. Kissing Bridge is known for its night-skiing options -- the resort is open until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. Sunday.
Trails And LiftsKissing Bridge offers 38 trails and is served by 10 ski lifts to keep traffic moving smoothly. Half of the runs at Kissing Bridge are intermediate (blue) level, while 30 percent are for experts (black diamond) and 20 percent are beginner-friendly. Kissing Bridge's longest run is 6,000 feet and the resort caters to snowboarders with terrain parks and half-pipes. Although Kissing Bridge doesn't have snowshoe trails, the resort offers snow tubing.
In The NewsKissing Bridge is home to the Kissing Bridge Athletic Club, which features racing events for all ages. The resort is also a popular destination for local school ski clubs and hosts annual events such as the Labatt Deck Party, the Kissing Bridge Mardi Gras party, Pepsi Family Night and the Torchlight Parade and the Family New Year's Eve Party. Kissing Bridge trains volunteers for its ski patrol unit to help skiers and snowboarders who are injured on the slopes.
CostKissing Bridge offers several daily lift ticket options. Unlimited tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for juniors 13 and younger; eight-hour tickets are $40 and $30, respectively and four-hour tickets are $36 and $28. Night tickets, which provide access to the resort from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., are $37 for adults and $32 for juniors. Beginners can take advantage of unlimited day passes for $16 and children 5 and younger enter free. Season passes, 20-packs and 10-packs are also available.
Apres-SkiKissing Bridge provides plenty of hospitality, with lessons, child care, lodging and dining. Several hotels and bed-and-breakfast locations surround Kissing Bridge, and the resort has on-site restaurants and pubs. Among the dining options is Lake Effect Saloon, which features live music, billiards, food and drinks. Willie's Smokehouse, with cozy fireside seating, can also help you warm up and fill up for a day of fun.
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In addition to skiing, Kissing Bridge provides plenty of room for snowboarders to roam.