Bristol Mountain

Bristol Mountain is a four-season vacation destination located in western New York's Finger Lakes region, south of Rochester. Also known as the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, this resort has been providing area residents and visitors alike with a great place to ski in New York ever since it opened back in the early 1960s. In 1968, Bristol Mountain was the largest illuminated ski resort in the world, and thanks to an increasing amount of annual visitors, it started opening its slopes seven days a week in the 70s. December through March is the peak season for Bristol Mountain vacations that have skiing or snowboarding as a main priority. Operating hours for the lifts are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

The Bristol Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 2,200 feet and a vertical rise of 1,200 feet. No other ski resort between the Adirondack Mountains and the Rocky Mountains has a higher vertical rise, which is enough to convince some skiers and snowboarders to plan a visit. Regardless of your skill level, there are slopes and trails to fit your wants and needs. Almost 20 percent of the runs are advanced runs, while the rest are intermediate and beginner-level runs. Two terrain parks that are full of jumps, rails, and half pipes are also part of the landscape. Almost all of the 160 skiable acres at Bristol Mountain are illuminated at night and can be covered in manmade snow if needed.

As is true at so many ski resorts across the country, Bristol Mountain offers both skiing lessons and snowboarding lessons for those who are interested. These lessons cater to beginners and intermediate-level skiers or snowboarders who are in need of some extra tips to help them get to the advanced level. It is also worth noting that rental equipment is available if you arrive without your own.

Bristol Mountain vacations can be rewarding regardless of the time of year, thanks in part to the surrounding wine region, though winter and summer are the peak seasons. In the summer, the nearby Roseland Waterpark, which is operated by Bristol Mountain, provides hours of family fun. As for lodging, those who are interested in Bristol Mountain vacations will have some area bed and breakfasts to choose from, not to mention more complete hotels like the Inn at Bristol Harbour. A small resort hotel that can be found on the banks of Canandaigua Lake, the Inn at Bristol Harbour features a small private beach, a golf course, a swimming pool, a bar, and a restaurant. In the 31 rooms, amenity highlights include air conditioning, a fireplace, heated floors in the bathrooms, and cable TV.

If vacation rentals are more your style and you want to stay at Bristol Mountain proper, then the townhouses at the North Star Village are the area accommodations of choice. These townhouses aren't overly luxurious, but do feature some very welcoming amenities. Cable TV, a DVD player, clean towels and linens, a phone, a full kitchen, and private laundry facilities are among the standard amenities in the townhouses. It is important to note that the North Star Village townhouses at the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort are only rented out to family groups and that the minimum age of the primary renter is 21.

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