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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
October 21, 2005
From journal Northern New York: St. Lawrence, Seaway, and More
October 7, 2005
In the "old" days, one could take a chairlift to the same summit - that is no longer an option - and some of us don't really care for the change. The chairlift took you directly over one of the ski trails, letting the mind wander about the types of people who would strap on skis to attempt the descent in the winter. The gondola takes you through the woods, not over a ski trail. The trails are seen in the distance, but without the same "wow" factor. The gondola is also enclosed where the chairlift allowed you to feel the breeze.
However, that said, this ride is good for some folks, so it is listed as recommended even though we will not do it again. If you want a nice view of the mountains but can't take your vehicle up the drive to Whiteface (proper) or simply prefer a nice hour on a gondola, this is for you. It is a little pricey in our opinion, hence not highly recommended.
We went there during the week and in the middle of the day - there was no line at all - however, parking can be an issue. You may have to walk about a quarter mile to get to the entrance. There is handicapped parking closer. I'm told that the lines can be very long in the fall, especially on weekends, so go early.
If you have a choice between the drive up Whiteface and the gondola, we'd recommend the drive - we much preferred it now that our chairlift is gone... the view is better and the "hike" is more fun. If you're not into driving up mountains or just want a leisurely ride up to see a view, then the gondola might be a better choice for you.
July 5, 2004
Adventurers can rent bikes and ride down the trails. Lessons are included.
From journal Adirondack Adventure