Labrador Mountain 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 Labrador Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsLocated in central New York along New York State Route 91, Labrador Mountain is a 30-minute drive from Syracuse, New York. The closest airport is Syracuse Hancock International Airport. This family-oriented ski resort offers lessons for both adults and children. During the regular season, Labrador Mountain is open until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The MountainLabrador Mountain is 1,825 feet high and features a 700-foot vertical drop. The regular season, from early December to March, usually lasts 100 days. The mountain averages about 125 inches of snow annually. The resort also has the ability to make snow across 90 percent of the slopes. The snow on Labrador Mountain is powdery, and the longest run is nearly one mile in length.
Trails And LiftsSkiers will find a total of 22 slopes and trails, with the percentages spread nearly evenly between beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels on the 250 acres of Labrador Mountain. There are two double chairlifts to take skiers to the top of the Southern Peak and Northern Peak of the mountain, and a triple chairlift for the Central Peak. The signature trail is the Razor Back located on the Northern Peak. Labrador Mountain has two terrain parks and offers a half-pipe, tubing, night skiing and glades.
In The NewsLabrador Mountain has a junior racing program through its Ski Club that has been training ski racers for nearly 40 years. Skiers can also join Team NASTAR, (National Standard Race) a racing program developed by Ski magazine. The resort hosts races through NASTAR as well as other groups almost weekly during the regular ski season. Labrador Mountain's Tuesday Night Fun Race League has been around since 1991.
CostA basic lift ticket begins at $25 for one hour and goes up to $45 for a nine-hour ticket. Regular skiers can purchase season passes that start at $358 for adults if purchased early, with discounts for children and seniors. Rental packages including snowboards and alpines are available starting at $20. Ski lessons begin at $35, which includes a rental, lesson and beginner slope lift ticket.
Apres-SkiAfter a day on the slopes, skiers can visit Labrador Mountain's Last Run Bar and Restaurant to dine and hear live music during the evenings. There are also nights especially for local college students with beer and wings specials. Labrador Mountain has an event space used for a variety of gatherings including weddings, family reunions and alumni events. Nearby Cortland, New York, offers multiple lodging options including hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and townhouses.
WATCH: Labrador MountainAdmire the beauty of Labrador Mountain, including vast trails and slopes.