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Swain Resort

Swain Resort

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

208

Rank in
Region

37

Rank in
State

10

Best time for snow at
Swain Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Swain Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
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True Snow: 130" per year
Snow Quality Rank

200

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

175

Swain Resort is ranked No. 175 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

5.0%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

1.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

65.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

175

Swain Resort is ranked No. 175 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

200

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Explore Your Trip

Core Strengths of Swain Resort

Core Strengths
Travel Ease
rank
112
score
44.6
Snow Volume
rank
175
score
36.6
Expert
rank
195
score
24.1

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

650 ft

1320 ft
Base Elevation: 1970 ft

Slope Aspects

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The Skiing

Swain is the resort that produced alpine racing legends A.J. Kitt and Scott Miller. So it should be no surprise that this is a place that provides ample opportunity to carve laser-sharp GS turns, bump moguls like a YKK zipper, and slice up the slalom gates like the Hermannator (we've heard he secretly trained at Swain one winter).

For an east coast resort, there is impressively expansive schussing -- one run is literally a MILE long! And with vertical bump runs Last Will and Upper Robinson, you’ll get to prove you’re not scared of kickers big enough to launch you through the Rich Stadium uprights (we said "through", not "wide-right").

Town

Swain locals are a welcoming bunch who drink Genny by the case and make their own venison jerky. At the base of the mountain, you’ll want to pony up to the bar at the Shawmut Grille where a revolving string of camo-chic celebrity chefs will keep you well fed and watered. Slope-side accommodation can be found at the cozy Mountain Side Inn or nearby at a number of charming B&Bs. Alternatively, there’s always the bed of an F-350, which makes for fine slumber—and there’s more than a few of those trucks in town.

A Few Words On The Snow

If you're waiting for a powder day at Swain Resort, then you might have a long wait. Only 5.0% of winter days see more than 6 inches of snowfall, which means, on average, you'll have to spend 10 days or more mining the slopes at Swain Resort to score that one great day. It could be worse, however. You could be muskie fishing.

Skiing at Swain Resort is about getting outside, ripping up the slope, eating chili dogs and getting in as much vertical as you can. It's not about big dumps. And that's okay. This place is about honing your skills for that trip to Snowbird or Alaska. With only 1.0% of months at Swain Resort getting more than 90 inches of snow, this isn't the place to set up your powderhound shack.

Drought Potential

The snow at Swain Resort can disappear often enough that you may want to pack extra snow beads when taking a trip here. A good number of months, 65.0% to be exact, see less than 30 inches of snow. If you're banking on snow and you're boarding a plane for a week at Swain Resort, you should temper your expectations. This is a place where winter drought can grab hold of the weather pattern for long periods, as 65.0% of the winter months here see less than 30 inches of snow.

Getting to Swain Resort, if you're flying in

The stretch from the Rochester, NY airport takes a modest drive of 66 minutes, not enough for your legs to fall asleep before you stretch out in the parking lot.