Nestled in a range of wooded hills southeast of Buffalo, Kissing Bridge is a scant thirty-minute drive from downtown in quaintly-named Glenwood just outside of better-known Colden. The proximity of KB (as it’s called by locals/season pass holders) is one of the key factors that has kept this solid ski/boarding destination at the top of every WNY skier’s list for more than 60 years.
Make the decision to ski or board one winter day and, within an hour, you’ll be sitting in one of KB’s several chairlifts heading up, up, up a hill. KB is divided into three areas (South, Central, and North) and between these three areas are 39 slopes ranging from easy to double black diamond. There is a dedicated bunny hill, and two terrain park areas.
KB is known for having no pretensions whatsoever. The place teems with youngsters (KB Cruisers, ages 4-12) learning the ropes of skiing or boarding, groups of teen boarders, seasoned veterans, and many families grabbing something from the cafeteria area called Central Cafe, and an après-ski bar (Lake Effect Saloon) that is small, well-worn, and friendly.
One of KB’s freestanding buildings is Willie’s Smokehouse at the bottom of the Central runs, which has its own menu and bar that is slightly fancier than the usual fried and finger food fare. Just outside of Willie’s is a large patio area with ample seating around gas-fueled fire pits. It’s the perfect spot to wind down after a day of winter adventure!
Visit kbski.com for lift ticket pricing and more information.
All photos courtesy of Kissing Bridge