With fall right around the corner and some of the best months for hiking in the region, consider Wilmington and the Whiteface Region as your go to base camp for hiking and other outdoor recreation.The Whiteface Region is home to a variety of affordable lodging; especially for those on a budget. In Wilmington everyone can realize the luxuries of staying in the area without the expense of peak...
The snow and ice is here, while it might not stick around for too long, the cold weather up high just might. No matter the course of the future, the current conditions are what you should think about. With that being said, get out your traction devices. Snowshoes? Not yet, but soon, if the snow keeps falling – that could change things quick. For right now just bring your microspikes, yaktrax,...
As usual the Whiteface toll road delivers for the first ski tour of the year. With the recent snowfall of 12 inches on the summit, the road was sure to have enough to play on. The toll road is an excellent place to shake off the summer legs and get your feet back under you.I got a bit of a later start than most on the mountain and I was afraid I missed the snow down low by the gate, but after...
The weather is a bit odd and the conditions are in the least, very wet, but it was time to get out and play a little. I had my eye on the Sentinel Range and decided to go for the much easier option in Slide Mountain.  I had been up on Slide many times and the last was not too long ago, but the weather was much nicer and the temperatures were at least 40-degrees warmer. However, I love winter...
Silver Lake Mountain is an excellent “bang for your buck” mountain and the perfect snowshoe destination for the entire family. With a short 0.9 mile hike you will have outstanding views with a hike over varied terrain that will get everyone the full experience. I have visited this peak in every season and the winter is by far my favorite.SLM has the type of terrain where the first freeze...
There are so many gimmicks out there for after sport recovery, it’s become hard to know what’s real or not and what can harm you further or help you along. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what to use or how it may affect you; your doctor needs to do that. Along with your typical “As Seen on TV” type stuff there are also ample home remedy ideas, do they work? Who knows! I won’t try and cover the...
There’s nothing like fresh snow for bushwhacking. I had been eyeballing this route for quite some time and the blue skies accompanied by the fresh white snow, talked me into it. Once we got the drive to the parking area out of the way, we were itching to hit the trail.Starting from the ASRC trailhead parking, we followed the trail to the base of Marble Mountain. At the base of Marble Mountain...
Skiing the Toll Road on Whiteface MountainThe Whiteface Mountain Veteran’s Memorial Highway, affectionately known as the “The toll Road” offers some of the best early season skiing in the entire Northeastern United States.  All it takes is a few inches of snow and the Toll Road can be an enjoyable experience from the toll booth all the way to the summit.  Die Hard skiers can often be...
Ski season has kicked in and the entertainment at Whiteface Mountain has begun. There are events on the hill and off the hill. Something for everyone, even non-skiers.See the World's Best Compete on their way to the Winter Olympic Games in SochiOne of the biggest events on hill this winter is the USANA FIS World Cup Freestyle. The moguls competition takes place on Whiteface Mountain's Wilderness...
Five Top Snowshoe Hikes in the Wilmington, Whiteface RegionSnowshoe some of the bestFlume KnobThis short hike is located just north of the Whiteface Ski Center at the Flume Falls Trail-head. This round-trip snowshoe is just over 2-miles and will reward the traveler with outstanding views and a heart-pumping good time.The Flume Trails are part of an extensive mountain biking trail network, but in...
Cross Country Skiing Poor Man's Downhill TrailA winter Cross Country Ski and summer Mountain Bike trailThe trail affectionately known to locals as "Poor Man's Downhill" got its name because it can be used as a single-direction downhill trail without the need of any downhill specific equipment or the purchase of a trail fee. The trail is an absolute hoot whether you're on skis in the summer or two...
World Cup Freestyle Skiing & MogulsJanuary in the Whiteface Region is all about getting outside and taking part in winter events at Whiteface Mountain. Each week Whiteface offers a host of on- and off-hill activities and events to keep you active and entertained.By far the biggest event of the month this year is the return, once again, of FIS World Cup Freestyle skiing. The USANA World Cup...
Enjoyable Skiing at the Flume in WilmingtonYou can call me a sissy, a wuss or any other name you can think of, but I when woke up this morning I simply did not want to go outside. The thermometer at my house read -12F, the wind was howling, and I chose to throw another log on the fire rather than head right out the door for a ski. Let's face it, this kind of weather doesn't happen all...
During the upcoming weeks in the Whiteface Region, Whiteface Mountain dominates the events calendar. With live entertainment and some fun and serious competitions, the action doesn’t stop at “The Mountain”.As far as racing goes, New York Ski Education Foundation will host several races in alpine, free riding and slopestyle. Catch some action on the mountain while taking a break from your own...
The Cooper Kiln Trail is a fantastic 5.9 mile point to point route between Franklin Falls Road and Bonnieview Road. Due to the significant change in elevation this trail is recommended for intermediate or advanced level cross country skiers. Those chosing to attempt the route should takes steps to ensure the trail has adequate snow coverage. If you've tried the nearby "Poor Man's Downhill" Trail...
Holcomb PondSnowshoeing to an obscure pondWith a couple hours to kill on a somewhat not so sunny afternoon I took the opportunity to visit a nice little pond that rarely gets visited and whose trail is becoming very hard to find. It’s been a couple weeks now since I was in there and with the new snow and couple days of warmer temperatures I image the trail would be nicely consolidated, but my...
Mountainside Tuning Worked for MeToday, as I was arching turns down my favorite trail at Whiteface Mountain, Skyward, it dawned on me that maybe it was time for a tune-up. I’ve been skiing on my new skis since the mountain opened in November, and they’re just not feeling quite as sharp as they used to. There are plenty of places in Lake Placid to get my skis tuned but I really didn’t want to have...
Could it possibly be almost Spring? We've had so much snow and great winter weather this year, it's hard to imagine Spring is just a couple weeks away. And yet, all the fun slopeside events are here. Outside deck parties, fun spring races and most especially, the live entertainment and wacky contests that make up Spring Fest at Whiteface Mountain have launched!Two super sundays!This Spring there...
Slide Skiing: The Cooper Kiln SlideWitnessing the power and the beauty of mother nature by skiing, or simply standing next to a landslide path in the Adirondacks is an interesting and wonderful experience. Landslide paths can be explored in any season, but I particularly enjoy exploring them in the winter with skis on my feet. It should be noted that these landslide paths are prone to avalanches...
 Must Do Winter Waterfall Hikes in the AdirondacksYear-round Beauty in the AdirondacksWaterfalls in winter seem to get ignored by many hikers as destination locations. Sure, it wouldn’t make much sense to check out a waterfall whose main source of enjoyment is frozen solid. However, ice that is formed by constant movement of water does create an amazing sculpture of color and shape. Then...
To Bike or skiWhen I helped to build the Make Believe Trail at the Hardy Rd. trail network alongside dozens of other Barkeater Trails Alliance volunteers, I knew it would be an instant classic mountain bike trail. The undulating terrain features and the dry sandy soil make it an ideal place to ride a mountain bike. Upon completion of the trail my suspicions were correct, and the Make Believe...
Most of the time when you mention “JEMS” outside of Jay, New York, you’ll get a puzzled look in return. But mention it in the Town of Jay and faces light up. JEMS stands for Jay Entertainment and Music Society. According to Heather Benfield, publicity director, JEMS was founded in 1987 to bring cultural events and much more to the town of Jay.  I would say they’ve succeeded quite nicely so...
The above video contains silent film clips of NYS Governor Averell Harriman dedicating Whiteface Mt. Ski Center and skiing during the same day. The woman with the crown is local figure skating coach, Priscilla Hill, who taught figure skating with the Skating Club of Lake Placid in the 1950's and '60's.I remember the day well: January 25, 1958. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center was officially opened...
Get First Chair and Fresh Snow!If you like being the first one on the mountain, Whiteface has a program for you.  The complimentary First Tracks Program offered by the Whiteface Mountain Host Patrol in cooperation with the SnowSports School gets 14 skiers and riders on the mountain 30 minutes before everyone else.  Guests who sign up for the program are treated to the freshest...
Apres Anyone?What do you enjoy most about your day hitting the slopes? Is it the rush you get flying down the mountain? Is it the feeling of accomplishment for challenging yourself? Or maybe you don’t hit the slopes at all and are looking for a great aprés scene? Whatever it is that pumps you up, rest assured your already in the perfect aprés spot. You can find the best barstool to relax in...
Preseason through Ski SeasonIn the Whiteface Region we’ve got you covered. “We don’t plan anything around natural snow. We get it but we’re not dependent on that,” Aaron Kellett, Whiteface Mountain Manager It’s no surprise that after the leaves have changed and fallen the Adirondack Park has a lull in visitors before the snow flies and winter season begins. It doesn’t mean the park...
While yes there are four-seasons, the winter is one of the hardest seasons to keep yourself well-fed and hydrated while recreating in the Adirondacks. With winter comes a couple of typical excuses: 1) It’s cold and who would want to stop for long periods of time to eat and drink?2) My water keeps freezing, and my food turns to a solid brick and loses its flavor - and I was looking...
I try. I really, really try. But… Healthy around the holidays is hard! Right? I mean, there are days and days, weeks even, of delicious food, parties, cookie exchanges, craft fairs with tasty treats… the list goes on and on, so do the calories - directly on my waist.Now, I am all for enjoying the holidays - and if you are like me, you may want to indulge and not feel guilty about it - while also...
Whiteface Mountain can lay claim to having some great deals and great entertainment on a very regular basis throughout the winter season. Find a winter wonderland and some very special events at Santa's Workshop during December, while other events bring discounts and awesome live music to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.Santa claus is coming...December's the most special time of year in...
The “white” Crows - An unexpected snow squall brings a thin blanket of powderA late-day start on Thanksgiving eve brought me, Corenne and Emily to a long overdue revisit of two of the most attractive smaller Adirondack Peaks in the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area: Little Crow and Big Crow Mountains.We started our hike at the Hurricane Road trailhead rather than the more popular starting point...
Who is this so-called wolfman?After experiencing one of the most amazing and educational outings I've done in recent memory, I dubbed my host, Steve Hall, "the wolf man." Steve conducts almost daily walks with the wolves who reside at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center (AWR) in Wilmington, NY. Steve's running commentary during the wolf walk will both amaze and educate...
While it may have started out as a typical day with me heading in to work at 8am, I had plans to get out from behind the computer today. I tried to rip through my emails and work as quickly as I could. Not because it was Friday, but because I had an 11am meeting scheduled with the guys on the Whiteface Mountain Park Crew for an interview and a few runs -- and I was looking for a little work...
Indulge MeReally. For just one day in my life I would like to indulge in copious amounts of chocolate, decadent full-fat cheese, greasy delicious fries, and some good old-fashioned beer (by the bottle or the draught - heck, even the can). So, you know what? Let's do it. I'm an adult, I can make my own rules. We’re going on a mission through the Whiteface Region is search of Adirondack...
Starting off the New Year in an alpine state of mind? Ski or ride Whiteface and join in some of the fun events they’re offering this month. Why not rock out at whiteface this winterWhy Not Wednesdays - almost every Wednesday (holidays not inlcuded) - enjoy discounted lift tickets when you bring a Coca Cola product to the ticket window.Rock the Face Concert Series - Every Saturday - live...
Whiteface Mountain has a long standing Adirondack tradition of skiers skinning up the trails for a run before the mountain is open. For a couple of years I was the Development Director at NYSEF (New York Ski Educational Foundation) and my office was a beautiful log cabin slope side at Whiteface, in the mornings I would watch skiers arrive early to head up and then ski down the mountain before the...
Whip yourself into Snowshoeing Shape, five trails to help you reach your goalsNot feeling up to par? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or maybe you just want to try something new? Let's talk snowshoeing. Whatever the reason you can always get yourself in shape for the trails of the Adirondacks. It’s tough to go right out and climb a huge High Peak right from of the box, it’s kind of...
We spent more time exploring the Whiteface Region this year than ever before - and we are so glad we did! Here are four of my family-friendly highlights from the 2014 year!RUnning Hot & Cold SUMMER AT THE MOUNTAINThis year, we found out just how great Whiteface Mountain is… I mean, we always knew it was THE place to be in the winter. And, during the fall we’ve often enjoyed the gondola...
A nice addition to the “family snowshoe outing” familyCobble Lookout is a brand new trail to the Whiteface Region and practically still has that new trail smell. The trail as it originally existed was used for years by locals to access a rocky view overlooking Santa’s North Pole, but recently the DEC has decided to adopt it, mark it, and maintain it, with very little change. Currently the...
The mountain we wanted for our wedding was in Wilmington, New York. While most people think of Little Whiteface as a ski mountain, it's just as gorgeous, and for our purposes, even more useful, as a location for our summer marriage vows. Because...He'd done it. He'd gotten down on one knee, right outside the jewelry store where we had picked out my amethyst engagement ring, and proposed. Again. (...
WILD, SPECTACULAR, AND RICH WITH historyThe iconic Ausable River in the Adirondack Mountains has a storied history of rest, recreation, and even rage. The river is an iconic fishing destination, has supported major industry, produced some amazing trophy fish, powered entire towns and formed spectacular chasms. Come along while we explore these amazing waterways - a two for one deal.The Ausable...
If you're looking for some ski fun during the next few weeks, look no further than Whiteface Mountain! As February leads us into Spring-thinking, the mountain has a few really fun things to offer up to skiers and riders.Weekly live entertainmentEntertainment reigns in the Cloudspin Lounge  with great regional bands performing every Saturday during the season. For some great entertainment,...
From the moment the sport of skiing was invented, people have been adding their own style. And while skiers in the 1800s rocked wool knickers and sweaters, today’s skiers and riders wear a much more...diverse wardrobe.Ski Fashion Takes OffLet’s start at the beginning. Downhill or Alpine Skiing as we know it was born out of the Nordic Skiing tradition. Much of the advancement in technique and gear...
Lake Placid Slide on Whiteface MountainAn Adventure for Summiting WhitefaceThis tends to be a yearly endeavor of mine and this year is no exception. However this season the cold has been brutal and being exposed on the side of Whiteface probably wasn’t the wisest of choices, but we were prepared for Mother Nature’s fury.The day started with a ski and would end with a ski, with a bit of...
The Wilmington Town Council announced yesterday that it will turn Route 86 into a toll road. The move comes as the town completes construction on the bridge over the Ausable River. The town supervisor, Randy Pushton, said, "After we completed the bridge construction, this was the logical next project to take on. When we looked around, it seemed that Wilmington had an unusual amount of through...
Winter is creeping up on us, and it’s time to start gearing up to hit the slopes. But first, let me tell you about some pretty impressive, environmentallyconscious improvements that have been made to Whiteface Mountain this year. Being nestled in such a picturesque area, of course it is important to keep the environment in mind. Whiteface Mountain has made some smart improvements to their...
As a 26-year-old who has lived in the Adirondacks her whole life, it seems surprising to many people that I just learned how to ski last year. But, I have been a figure skater since I was 7. It consumed a large portion of my life - which was fine by me because I love it, but I didn’t have time to do much else. Now that I’m not a competitive skater any more, I’ve acquired some time to try new...
Thanksgiving is only a week away, which means the winter holidays are just around the corner! This year, I wanted to be sure my gifts reflected the Adirondack spirit, and so I went looking for some exclusive shops that would help me get my shopping done with unique gifts and a flavor of this part of New York. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go far to get started – the Wilmington area has a few...
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...
Winter and the holidays are right around the corner. The Whiteface Region is plentiful with activities that won't break the bank, and are fun for the whole family. Grab your family and your winter gear, and head to Whiteface Region to indulge in some Adirondack winter fun that everyone will enjoy!Village of Lights You’ll be embraced in the Christmas spirit when you see the Village of Lights...
"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...
Every year we faithfully don our full winter gear, pack up the car, and head to Santa's Workshop in North Pole, NY. As we hit the town of Wilmington and see our first indication that we are getting close, the excitement builds - for everyone in our group, no matter the age.  The Village of Lights is an especially magical time to visit Santa and has become a part of our annual holiday...
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...
It was a mild, late-December day, and snow had finally blanketed the ground. I wanted to see winter in the mountains — boulder creases highlighted by mini snow piles and rock walls draped in rippled ice. I found what I was looking for in the rugged depths of High Falls Gorge.From state Route 86 the gorge doesn't look like much. One can see the split in the earth, and it's clear from the swiftly...
I normally go hiking at least once a week, but when the days are longer that number jumps to three or four. My wife and I have been busy renovating a house, though, so my average trail days have plummeted to one every few weeks. With that in mind, it didn't take long for me to decide how I'd spend an extra day in the Adirondacks. In fact, my response was immediate: Go on a hike. And what better...
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...
I’ve driven past it without taking much note dozens of times. But I finally got a chance to stop and explore the Jay Covered Bridge earlier this year, and I was thrilled that I did.The site of the bridge is gorgeous. There’s a beautiful little park with benches and a roomy parking area, there’s wonderful signage around the bridge that explains its historic significance to the area, and the river...
8/10/16 Editor's note: When thinking about fun things to do with our littlest friends while visiting the Whiteface Region, Santa's Workshop always comes to mind. Check out this blog from our archives (originally published 8/8/14) and then start planning your family-friendly vacation. Time flies, make sure to hit this treasure before the littles hit 48" and stop believing! Santa’s Workshop:...
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...
It's not easy to make Christmas happen all year long! But they manage to make it happen at Santa's Workshop, and they do it with a smile and plenty of Christmas cheer!Santa's head helper, John Collins, was kind enough to take some time out of his day during this very busy season to give me a behind-the-scenes tour of the property. He told me all about what it takes to spread Christmas cheer year...
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...
Do you know what geocaching is? I didn’t. At least, not exactly. Ok, so I had a rough idea and had heard people talking about it now and then. But I wanted to try finding a “cache” and hadn’t the first idea how to go about it.As luck would have it, my friendly ‘cubicle mate,' Kerry, is an avid geocacher! When I mentioned it one day at work she piped up and told me there are several...
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...
Grab your beer and bring your friends, because it might get cold without them. We even brought the dog, hoping he likes fish. We were the newbies out on the lake. My father, my friend Adam, and I had never been out ice fishing before.The last time I was out on a frozen lake I had skates on my feet, a hockey stick in hand, and a puck heading for nothing but net. Drilling holes in the ice wouldn’t...
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...
Wilmington is always a great choice for a weekend of skiing at Whiteface Mountain. But it's also a wonderful destination for a couple who doesn't Alpine ski.This adorable little village is all about the romance. It has some delightful features which can make it about just we two. If our idea of a romantic getaway is about spending lots of couple time in low-key, lovely, surroundings, we can offer...
“First I traveled through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, past the Sea of Twirly Swirly Gumdrops”…..oh no wait that’s from Elf. There’s just something about this stretch of woods and trails that makes that line instantly pop into my head.But with trail names like Make Believe and Twisted Pines you’ll think you’re in a fairytale. It’s a cross-country skier’s fairytale. There are legends...
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 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 ...
The spirit of the season, in any season For some places in the world, it’s hard to get into the Christmas spirit until late November or even December. The stores start selling their decorations, and they seem very out of place. Synthetic trees, gawdy wrapping paper, bags of plastic bows — it doesn’t feel authentic. It feels forced. Well, not in Wilmington, New York. This quaint...

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