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Litchfield County, Connecticut
February 17, 2006
Whiteface Mountain is great. They have a total of 74 trails, with one gondola, one high-speed quad (Face Lift, the best way to get up the mountain, brings you 1/2 up the mountain in about 5 minutes). There's one regular quad, 5 doubles, and one conveyor lift. While a majority of the mountain is "most difficult,” there is a great deal of green circles (easy) and blue squares (most difficult) on the mountain. There is also an area called "the slides," which are double black diamond (EXPERTS ONLY) trails of ungroomed backcountry trails.
Also, there are a few glades (trails that go through a forest; dangerous depending on the difficultly) Most disappointing, however, were the blue square glades, which were really just regular trails. Overall, I would say the best trail is Paron's Run and Riva Ridge, which go from the summit down close to the side of the mountain. They provide the best views you can imagine in Lake Placid.
From journal The Olympic Whiteface Mountain
March 23, 2005
If you have access to a COSTCO, you can buy a day pass for $40Cdn. (good Tuesday-Friday) or $50Cdn. (good Friday-Monday). They are even refundable if you don't end up trading the voucher in for a lift ticket. Prices are lower for kids. NOTE - not all COSTCOs have the winter activity brochure.
Children 7 and under ski free.
There is a good variety of runs on the hill. The runs from the summit quad provide a little more steepness. There are a few glades, but there wasn't enough snow to do them justice when we were there.
They have an awesome bowl to the right of Whiteface Summit, but it rarely gets enough snow to be open.
From journal Skiing at Whiteface (Lake Placid, NY)
Albany, New York
January 27, 2005
From journal First Powder Day of the Season at Plattekill
Raleigh, North Carolina
January 6, 2005
From journal Christmas at Holiday Valley
gloucester township, New Jersey
January 22, 2003
From journal Weekend getaway to Lake Placid NY
November 4, 2002
What It's Like:
Drive to the top of Whiteface Mountain. This is New York's 5th highest peak. The view from 4,867 feet is spectacular. You can see all the way to Canada on a clear day. On the 5 mile drive up (paved roads) there are numerous places to stop and park to take pictures or just enjoy the view. I recommend that you stop at every one on your way up. You will see a different view at each stop and the guide book will tell you what you are seeing in the distance. An interpretive cassette is also available free of charge but must be returned to the attendant after you return to the toll house area after your tour. There is parking near the top and you can climb to the top or take an elevator from there. We took the elevator up and climbed back down to the summit parking area. It was not an easy climb even going down. You need to be sure footed and wear runners with good treads. I have included pictures so you can see for yourself. You must pay a toll to use the road to the summit area. It cost $1,250,000 US to build the road in 1935. You do the math.
Visit http://whiteface.com/memhighway.htm for more info.
From journal Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain
New York, New York
June 28, 2000
From journal Lake Placid - A Winter Wonderland