Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, Canandaigua

#2 of 8 in Winter Sports in Finger Lakes
Ski Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Bristol Mountain, formally known as Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, is a ski resort located in South Bristol, New York in the Finger Lakes region. It is located 30 miles (48 km) from the center of Rochester, New York, the nearest major city to the resort, and about 10 miles (16 km) from Canandaigua on NY 64.

Bristol Mountain features many trails ranging from easiest (green circle) to difficult (double black diamonds). Bristol Mountain has a vertical rise of 1,200 feet (370 m), claiming to have the highest vertical of any ski resort between the Rocky Mountains and the Adirondacks. Bristol also offers two terrain parks and cross country skiing at the resort's summit. Also at the bottom is a ski shop and rental facility. Bristol Mountain Resort operates Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures & Zip Line Canopy Tour, Roseland Waterpark, and Roseland Wake Park.

January 2018: Bristol Mountain celebrates as two athletes who grew up in the Bristol Mountain Freestyle Program are named to the 2018 US Olympic Freestyle Team. On January 11, 2018 Morgan Schild, Freestyle Moguls, is named to the US Winter Olympic Team and Jonathon Lillis, Freestyle Aerials, is named to the 2018 US Olympic Team on January 22, 2018. (Source: Team USA and US Ski And Snowboard Team). Both learned their sport early under the direction of Bristol Mountain Freestyle Coach John Kroetz. Schild and Lillis will compete in PyeongChang, South Korea, in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and are part of the Bristol Mountain Super Six which is composed of six US Ski and Snowboard Team members who came out of the Bristol Mountain Freestyle Program.

As of 2010, the resort has two high speed detachable chairlifts. The Comet Express lift was installed for the 1999/2000 season and the Galaxy Express for the 2009/2010 season. Both make a full pass in about four minutes. In the autumn they offer Fall Sky Rides using the Comet Express High Speed Quad chairlift slowed to take 15–20 minutes. Once at the top the riders may stay on and ride, hike down the trails, or reembark at the top. The Bristol Mountain Arial Adventure Park, a high ropes course at the top of the mountain consisting of various climbing obstacles and zip-lines, was added in 2014.

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  • My 6th visit this season, tried skiing in 50 degrees sunny and beautiful! Ate waffles at Morning star cafe slopeside view and made great memories with family!  more »
  • Rental Station is fast and helpful. Had an issue ordering a beer at the bar. Bristol requires you to order food with any alcoholic purchase.  more »
  • Can't wait to come photograph in the winter. This was the very first thing I photographed the day I quit my job and decided to become a photographer. I love this entire area, especially the hang glide launch across the street. If you look up when you're leaving, you can see the hole!
  • I went in to hike. It was a fantastic experience. Good elevation. Stellar views! Can't wait to come back to ski!!!

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