Swain Ski Resort | Kids Out and About Rochester

Swain Ski Resort

Situated in northern Allegany County, in the lake-effect snow region, Swain Resort provides affordable wintertime fun for the entire family! Whether you conquer the black diamonds, meander to the bottom on a wide-open trail, or savor the thrill of hitting the rails in the terrain park, Swain has something for all ambitions and abilities. Swain is also the best, and most cost-friendly, ski resort in Western New York to learn how to ski or board. Our Learn to Ski Package is the perfect entry-level lesson package for all ages. For just $49, you’ll receive an 8-hour beginner lift ticket, equipment rentals, and a 90 minute lesson.

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. 




We have two main terrain parks at Swain, in addition to single features located across the mountain. Enjoy our traditional and always evolving Swain Proving Grounds, or visit the natural features of the Black Forest Terrain Park.

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

This past summer, Swain has improved snowmaking capabilities and purchased new grooming equipment for even better snow conditions on the mountain. After a season of COVID restrictions, the Children's Learning Center will be open again, with CDC precautions in place. 

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