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Address: 2275 County Road 24, Swain, NY 14884-9717
Phone Number:
+1 607-545-6511
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Situated in northern Allegany County, in lake-effect snow region, Swain...

Situated in northern Allegany County, in lake-effect snow region, Swain Resort provides affordable wintertime fun for families!

We have three main terrain parks at Swain, in addition to single features located across the mountain. Enjoy our traditional and always evolving Swain Proving Grounds located on Pines Run, or visit the natural features of the Black Forest Terrain Park locate on Promenade, or The Training Grounds located on Lower Robinson's and Lower Brewer.

Also, be sure to make a reservation for an overnight stay at Swain's cozy, slope side Mountainside Inn.

Beginners of all ages, take a ride on the Magic Carpet and experience your best choice for learning to ski. Whether you conquer the black diamonds, meander to the bottom on a wide-open trail, or savor the thrill of hitting the rails at one of the terrain parks, Swain has something for all ambitions and abilities.

During your visit be sure to stop in to our warm and friendly slope side bar and grill, The Shawmut Grille. Offering gourmet sandwiches & wraps, pizza & wings, and salads...great food and a large selection of adult beverages. On select evenings, live music is provided. A relaxing environment for all, families are welcome!

If you're in a hurry, head to Mercer's Cafe for a variety of fast food offerings as well as a rotation of delicious homemade baked goods, salads, and dinner options.

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Great beginner mountain and family ski area

My boys learned to ski here and the majority of our group managed to ski down a beginner hill that wasn't a "bunny hill" . We were about 30 Cub Scouts. They were very friendly and... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2016
Rochester, NY
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Hornell, New York
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14 reviews
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

Nice small ski resort. Very family and group oriented. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The trails are somewhat shorter than other mountains but they have a good variety for all levels and they've done a nice job with the limited natural snow we've had the last few seasons. The lift and rental prices are reasonable. They also have... More 

Thank dcoalum83
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Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I recently enjoyed the night skiing at Swain. Ladies day on Friday was fun. Thank you!

Thank Jen M
Rochester, NY
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

My boys learned to ski here and the majority of our group managed to ski down a beginner hill that wasn't a "bunny hill" . We were about 30 Cub Scouts. They were very friendly and patient with all the young kids. Instructors went above and beyond even after our lessons. They offered help on the chair lift and helping... More 

1 Thank Quinn96
West Seneca, New York
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Reviewed February 25, 2016

I bought a groupon for buy one get one lift ticket at Swain so I decided to give it a try. My son who's is an excellent skier and I arrived about 11 am and found the employees not only very helpful but super friendly. The conditions were excellent and the slopes very adverse for a small resort. We ski... More 

Thank Robert P
Port Washington, New York
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60 reviews
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Reviewed January 20, 2016

Our family has a yearly tradition of heading to our cabin for MLK Weekend, which always includes skiing at Swain. The location is easy to get to, parking has never been an issue, and the rental shop has everything we need for a day or night on the slopes. We keep coming back, because the overall experience has been a... More 

Thank Mfsnyder11050
Bath, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2015

Great little place. Friendly staff, nicely groomed trails. Even the restaurant food is pretty decent.

2 Thank Anthony C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2015

I couldn't do any skiing while I was there due to a recent injury but I did go out to the slopes and watch the skiers. Slopes looked well groomed and from my conversation with others the conditions were perfect. I walked over to the snow tubing area and watched others enjoying themselves on those hills as well. Nice little... More 

3 Thank armybrat12
Penfield, New York
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Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Friendly ski resort with good skiing. The lifts are aging but the slopes are great even if vertical is much less than of its big rival in the region. Prices are very reasonable, staff is very kind. Unfortunately it is significantly farther from Rochester than other finger lakes resorts, yet I never resented the extra 1/2 h drive.

2 Thank BeLaZe
Corning, New York
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Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

I've skied at Swain, 55 miles from home, for several years. I was out last year due to a torn Achilles so I made up for it this year. More than 600 runs this year, and I still enjoy going. The runs are challenging even thought they're rather short, and I've never felt a lack of variety. The lifts get... More 

4 Thank Steve C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2015

I had never been snow tubing but always wanted to go. Well the oportunity came up, talked my grandaughter in to going and off we went to Swain ski resort. For $15 for 2 hours it was fantastic. Three paths to go down, and the best part, you don't have to walk to the top. A pulley system pulls you... More 

2 Thank Tombrou69

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