Just what is a "badass"When I volunteered to write a blog post about “badass” Whiteface Region women, I was a little worried I might offend someone by asking them to be a part of my blog. After all, badass can and does have some negative connotations. So I decided to actually look up the definition of “badass."Here’s what Google’s definition is:bad·ass:   noun   1. a tough,...
Summer is coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner. The Adirondacks are a top choice for viewing the fall foliage, and Whiteface Region is the place to be if you are looking for autumn fun. Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain Saturday, October 3: 10:00-6:00Sunday, October 4: 10:00-5:00Location: The base of Whiteface MountainThis weekend-long, Bavarian-style celebration, is...
Get your beer steins polished up and your party pants on (better known as lederhosen in Bavaria). Then grab your friends and head to Wilmington, New York for the Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest! The annual event has become one of the most popular of the many Oktoberfest celebrations in the Northeast. Oktoberfest has a long historyThis year’s event will fall on the first weekend in October (...
There are so many family-fun things to see and do in the Adirondacks in the winter! Wilmington is the home of Whiteface Mountain, which was rated as one of the best mountains to ski  in the East! If skiing isn’t your thing, High Falls Gorge offers one of the coolest places to hike or snowshoe in the winter, with awesome views of ice formations and frozen waterfalls. Santa’s Workshop is great...
"Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to any form of entertainment, nightlife, or social event that occurs specifically at ski resorts" - Wikipedia definition. My memories of après-skiing are many and varied from fondue and pool parties to consuming vast quantities of food and beverages - depending greatly on the ski resort at which I was après-skiing. Many of our historic local après-ski...
Whiteface is full of adventure“A climb to remember” would be a more fitting title to this adventure on the Olympic mountain. As a hiker and snowshoer I have never ventured into the realm of downhill skiing, but more into the less-likely-to-crash category of cross-country skiing, which provides me with more controllable downhill stretches. When it comes to the ski slides on Whiteface I see...
2015 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEWWe scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright funniest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top 3 picks from the Whiteface Region. Enjoy!#3. Sunrise, Sunset: Hiking After HoursAfter hiking to see the sunrise for the first time, I fell in love with hiking in the dark. The woods transform...
I hear it all of the time: what are all of the cool kids wearing in the Whiteface Region? While there are many, I’ve compiled an overview of the most prevalent outfits you’ll find on this region’s fashion runways. Though I should note that while they are not all exclusive to the region, you can’t go wrong if you pack some of these “looks” when you visit. The Boreal BirderThe Whiteface...
Don't count Whiteface Mountain out yet.Yes, this winter has lacked the normal snowfall depths we've come to expect in the Adirondacks, but that doesn't mean it's time to pack up the skis or snowboard. There are dozens of trails open, and when you pair that with the amazing Springfest Maple Weekend lineup, March is looking like a great month to be on the slopes.First, let's talk skiing and...
The Whiteface Region will see a great new dining option in a totally awesome location at the end of May! While the summit of Whiteface Mountain has long housed a snack bar, this year brings a whole new dining experience to the Whiteface Mountain Castle. The Castle Cafe will feature Taste NY — for the first time on an Adirondack mountaintop. taste nyWith the farm to fork movement expanding...
As you slowly meander up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, you start to wonder about the plants around you. They’re so different and sparse up here on the high-elevation rocks. How do they survive? What makes them different from plants in the valleys? Are there animals that live up here? How do they do it? It’s sure nice here in the summer, but what’s it like in the winter? ...
Wilmington is a vacationer's paradise with its fine selection of motels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, and rental properties. I've stayed in the beautiful cabins at the Wilderness Inn II, and several people who rented rooms at the nearby motels during my wedding weekend had great things to say about the accommodations, but I'd never been in one of the local rental properties until recently. Curious...
Who says that all good things must come to an end?Despite the mild weather, the crew at Whiteface Mountain did an outstanding job of maintaining super conditions on the alpine ski trails this past winter.  Because of their tenacity, you might be surprised that according to 10 out of 10 ski industry experts at the mountain, it’s just not practical to make snow all summer here in the...
Did you know? Nearly 70 percent of visitors to the Adirondacks come here during the WARM weather?It’s true. So what’s that mean for Whiteface Mountain? Yes, some folks remember that Whiteface Mountain hosted the alpine events for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And yes, today’s avid skiers and riders know that Whiteface is THE place to experience the greatest vertical drop in the east,...
Let's be honest, mountain bikers are a unique bunch. Often I'll come back from a ride sweaty, bleeding, and covered in mud and my wife will look at my grin and ask, "So... This is fun for you?"But my wife's wisecracks aside, I get where she's coming from. When people hear us (mountain bikers) talk about what happens on the trail - well not every thing - they tend to look at us like we're crazy....
Everything in the Whiteface Region is big, right? There are big mountain rivers, big mountain views, and the biggest vertical drop in the East. I wasn't surprised to learn that it's also home to one of the biggest beer selections around!Cheers to the North PoleAbout a month ago I wrote a blog on some of the wonderful and diverse camping opportunities in the region. You can go rustic or luxurious...
Trails Less TraveledThe Whiteface Region is home to Wilmington, which is known to locals as the banana belt. It seems to always be sunny despite the weather patterns in surrounding villages. Thus, it lends itself to some amazing adventures and unforgettable memories.There are numerous trails and hikes that provide for a day or overnight of fun for the entire family. However, if you ask me the...
The 4,865-foot Whiteface Mountain, New York state's fifth highest peak, is an Adirondack landmark that's difficult to miss. The enormous landmass rises some 10 miles north of most of the other High Peaks — Adirondack mountains higher than 4,000 feet — so its distinctly sharp profile is uncluttered by neighboring peaks. That means the 360-degree view from Whiteface's large, rocky summit is a...
There are a lot of rocks in the Adirondacks — one of the most exposed expanses of anorthosite granite in the world occurs here — but what about that other kind of rock? Kid Rock. Is there a connection between the man who helped pen “Bawitdaba” and the Adirondacks? It turns out, there is. I found six degrees of separation between Kid Rock and Whiteface Mountain, a popular peak that's home to...
Here’s the lowdown on the High Peaks.  As a person with a built-in penchant for tree and rock climbing, I’d never thought about how being in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks could potentially affect those who are afraid of heights.The truth is that even if you find yourself at the top of one of the Adirondack High Peaks, you’re still actually on the ground. But I do understand that those...
The holidays are upon us, and it’s always a party at Whiteface Mountain. The skiing is great and so is the après ski atmosphere! With several dining options and tons of fun things going on, it’s easy to kick back and relax after a day on the slopes. Whiteface has received several awards from Ski Magazine readers including #2 Ski Resort in the Eastern US, #1 in Offhill Activities 2017, Top 10...
Welcome to Whiteface Mountain!The snow has begun to fall, and we’ve all got winter on our minds. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center is gearing up for what they hope to be a busy winter season, and their snowmaking skills are top-notch and ready to go! I had the opportunity to visit Whiteface Mountain before it opened for the season on Thanksgiving, and I talked with some of the staff about their...
Known for its seemingly endless natural beauty and outdoorsy pursuits such as skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing, the village of Wilmington may not immediately come to mind when planning a holiday outing, but let’s not be too hasty. As the craziness of the season hits a crescendo, how about taking a day to unwind with some fresh air with dear friends or loved ones, followed by great new...
I’ve only fat tire biked once before and it wasn't for long. I’ve been feeling a little adventurous lately and it occurred to me that I needed to give fat tire biking another chance. Of course, I don't tend to jump in and not do things the way you would think one who was new to a sport might. Who said you need to take it easy when learning a new sport? Let's take it from the top, literally.I...
For me, Whiteface Mountain is home to a veritable bucket load of bucket list items. Hike a High Peak? Check. Ski the biggest vertical drop in the East? Check. Get married on top of a mountain? Check. But even after all of that, Whiteface still holds a few of my unchecked bucket list items. I still haven’t hiked to the top in the winter and I still haven’t skied down the Whiteface Veterans...
In the Whiteface Region, we relish getting close to the outdoors no matter the season. Winter turns our mountains into a slippery, frost-covered playground for snowshoeing, boarding, skiing, climbing, and fat tire biking. Here’s the catch: If you’re looking for snow and ice there’s no avoiding the cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to be cold.I learned how to dress for the winter by trial and...
We were halfway down Excelsior, an intermediate-level trail that begins at the gondola on top of Little Whiteface Mountain, when Luke Meissner's radio crackled. A young skier had taken a nasty fall near the bottom of a trail called Easy Street and couldn't get himself off of the mountain.Stopping at the crest of a serious drop off where several trails intersect, Luke quickly consulted a map that...
The time has come where we are looking to buy a house.  Our goal was to ease up on going out to dinner and start cooking more at home. This seemed like an easy New Year’s resolution — until we were told our friends were moving back to town, new restaurants were opening, friends were having babies and getting married, and so many more wonderful life events.The resolution lasted a short time...
Friday January 20, 2017I fumble for my phone at 05:08 a.m. as it alarms for the second time, and cautiously crack open one eye. I check the shortcut link on my phone's homepage for the Atmospheric Research Science Center, ASRC, summit conditions. Currently the summit of Whiteface is reporting a temperature of 24-degrees Fahrenheit with a wind speed of 7 mph and low intensity; zero excuses not to...
Sometimes the mountain can be a pretty peculiar place.Whiteface Mountain is a local watering hole for those who might choose the path less traveled! Not sure what I mean? Let me show you.Every spring Whiteface Mountain holds their much-anticipated pond skimming contest. What’s pond skimming? The staff at the mountain makes a small pond at the bottom of the Mixing Bowl, you ski down a small...
“It requires skill, grace and patience,” he said. “That is why women excel at it.”That was a snippet from a recent conversation with fly fisherman, guide, and business owner Tom Conway. He confirmed what I had been hearing: that women take to fly fishing faster than men, and in many cases, outcast their male counterparts.Earlier this week I visited the Ausable River Two Fly Shop in Wilmington,...
This month I did some research into one of my favorite activities - camping! I love it, as you'll find out reading this blog.My husband and I live in the woods in the Adirondacks. At home we can do pretty much everything camping-wise that can be done at a campground. But there's just something about hitching up that camper and moseying on down the road to one of our region's amazing campgrounds....
  Plan to Cycle this season in the Adirondacks!We think cycling in the Whiteface Region is awesome, but you don't have to take our word for it - let our cycling fans speak for us.Have we convinced you yet? Good. Now, check out our homey lodging and fabulous food choices, and plan your next mountain or road biking trip today! 
It’s officially summer in the Adirondacks, and that means… well lots of stuff. To me, summer means biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, climbing, and touring. The season also includes everyone’s favorite way to prepare for, or recover from, all of those activities. No, I’m not talking about napping. Even better, I’m referring to picnicking. Nature, up closeSo, where to picnic, you ask?...
If country roads that meander alongside flowing rivers with a backdrop of majestic mountains sounds like a good place to ride a motorcycle, you’re in luck. We’ll even throw in a side trip to the top of an Adirondack peak. Yup, you’re in for a first rate tour of the Whiteface Region. Begin in Keeseville, and take Route 9N toward Jay, about 17 miles total that takes you through the hamlet...
Their award-winning cheeses could not be made anywhere else and taste the same. The characters and flavors are born from the cow’s milk that is flavored with the grass the cows eat, which picks up certain hues from the unspoiled Adirondack soil where it's grown. Then the wheels of cheese are infused with spruce from the locally-milled pine boards on which they are aged. This is all to say that...
 Girls' Night OutOh, how I long for the days of my youth. Where I was wild and free, hitting the road for random weekend getaways with the girls, staying out until the bars closed, and eating decadent food in the wee hours.Nah, that's not true at all. I love being a responsible adult with a family and schedule to adhere to. But, every once in awhile, I do jump at the chance to partake in a...
This is the land of scenic drives.Even in a place known for its scenery the terrain surrounding Whiteface Mountain is a standout. From the constantly unfolding mountain vistas to the ways our rocky rivers flow through them, there is an appealing collection of beautiful landscapes and fun stops to enjoy.Here are our top three picks:top of the mountain to youA mountain you can drive up. Now that's...
It may be hard to ackowledge that winter is almost here, especially if you're still raking leaves. But the best deals can be found now, before we’re knee-deep in the fluffy stuff. And Whiteface Mountain is no exception; they are offering up various deals with substantial savings.   If you haven’t skied it yet, let me give you a couple of reasons to visit: Whiteface Mountain is ...

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