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Whiteface Mountain, New York

Rugged, steep skiing on the East Coast.
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Resort Guide 2018: East #13

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“Whiteface has always been known for its gnarly terrain, but the great grooming and good snow- making should be praised as well! However, it’s a huge lone mountain so the winds and extreme low temperatures can get pretty brutal.” - SKI Magazine Reader

2012 East #5 Whiteface

When you want to go big, go Whiteface. “This is one resort where black means black,” says one reader of its 3,430 vertical feet, tops in the East. While known for its “rugged terrain and rugged conditions,” each of Whiteface’s three peaks offers black and blue options: From the summit, dive down Skyward or cruise Paron’s; from Lookout, take the scenic tour on Wilmington or bust moguls on Hoyt’s High; from Little Whiteface, cruise Excelsior or plunge down Approach to Olympic-worthy steeps. Beginners get comfy in their own space at the Bears Den learning area, and everyone appreciates that “the lift-ticket value is unequaled”. Some find the facilities “dated all-around” but snowmaking and grooming upgrades, as well as a switch to 100 percent renewable energy, are cutting-edge. Variety continues off-mountain where the town of Lake Placid proudly features its Olympic heritage with thrills for all ages—think bobsledding, skating, hockey, tubing, and nordic skiing at Olympic venues—earning the gold for Off-Hill Activities. Ample restaurants and lodging that ranges from budget- friendly hotels to luxury Adirondack lodges and spas keep it real and make this a “wonderful town with soul.”

Après Spot

Fun cocktails and amazing wings at Lisa G’s.

Mandatory Run

Channel your inner Austrian downhiller on Cloudspin.

Family Activity

Tobogganing down the converted ski-jump ramp onto frozen Mirror Lake.

Don’t Miss

A visit to the Olympic stadium and hockey rink. Or a run down the Olympic bobsled track. C’mon, it’s Lake Placid!



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