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WHY: Whiteface has it all (beauty, size, cool town)—if you aren’t scared of cold, ice, and a long drive. But if you’re bothered by cold, ice, and a long drive, what kind of skier are you?
WHAT: When conditions allow, the hike-to (frequently closed) Slides are some of the gnarliest terrain in the East.
WHERE: Go to Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, one of the best brewpubs upstate.