There are so many great reasons to plan a trip to Whiteface this year. From food demos to ski demos, World Cup Freestyle to the grommet jam, live bands, first tracks, visits from the North Pole, and more - check out the event calendar and experience more than your normal ski vacation. Save on your next trip with Whiteface Region Ski and Stay Lodging Packages.FIRST TRACKS –Beating the weekend...
Whiteface Mountain's Hoyt's High Trail opened February 5, so Friday I decided to go check it out and take some video. Hoyt's High is a 4,700-foot long expert trail with a 1,400-foot vertical located at the top of the Outlook Mountain Triple, which begins just off the top of the Face Lift. The beginning of the trail (immediately to your left when you get off the chair lift) starts off as a flat...
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...
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...
Family Skiing in The Adirondacks   Downhill Skiing with the whole family at Whiteface Mountain The Adirondacks offer an excellent opportunity to downhill ski with the entire family. From skiing with toddlers to the grandparents we have you covered! Whiteface Mountain opened this year prior to Thanksgiving Day boasting excellent cover and some fresh powder to boot...
Skiing the Toll Road on Whiteface Mountain The 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 Sochi One of the biggest events on hill this winter is the USANA FIS World Cup Freestyle. The moguls competition takes place on...
Cross Country Skiing Poor Man's Downhill Trail A winter Cross Country Ski and summer Mountain Bike trail The 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...
World Cup Freestyle Skiing & Moguls January 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...
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...
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 you're already in the perfect aprés spot. You can find the best barstool to...
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...
Mountainside Tuning Worked for Me Today, 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...
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...
Must Do Winter Waterfall Hikes in the Adirondacks Year-round Beauty in the Adirondacks Waterfalls 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...
The above photo is 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 by Governor...
Preseason through Ski Season In 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 winter Why Not Wednesdays - almost every Wednesday (holidays not included) - enjoy discounted lift tickets when you bring a Coca Cola product to the ticket window. Rock the Face Concert Series -...
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...
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 entertainment Entertainment reigns in the Cloudspin Lounge  with great regional bands performing every Saturday during the season. For some...
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 Off Let’s start at the beginning. Downhill or Alpine Skiing as we know it was born out of the Nordic Skiing tradition. Much of the...
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, environmentally conscious 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...
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...
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...
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 for...
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 Birder...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Friday January 20, 2017 I 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 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...
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...
  Surrounded by rugged wilderness, void of slopeside lodging or commercial development, Whiteface Mountain is a purist’s delight - a big ski hill with technical terrain and few distractions. It has the greatest vertical drop in the East and the folks at Whiteface have been working on building its web of trails and now has 86 of them for all abilities. Now the ski hill has...
Before the Olympics, before the Veteran’s Memorial Highway, before it was even a mountain, Whiteface was buried under an imposing sheet of ice. That was 10,000 years ago, and the immense weight of a glacier was slowly receding and shaping the Adirondacks. As the last Ice Age came to a close, glaciers retreated north across what is now New York state, carving mountains and valleys as...
Andrew Weibrecht is serious about alpine skiing. The Lake Placid native has earned two Olympic medals in the Super G event — the bronze in 2010 in Vancouver and the silver in 2014 in Sochi — as well as placing high in a number of World Cup events. This year he'll once again represent the U.S. on the world stage as he skis in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea. I...
The more early mornings I spend skinning up Whiteface or earning turns in the backcountry, the more I believe that the best descents don’t include a lift. It’s the sound of your breath as you stop to turn back and see the sun begin to rise over the mountains, the feeling of floating on the untouched snow beneath your skis, and the fulfillment that your morning adventure was completely...
Whiteface Mountain is known for its wild beauty and steep terrain, boasting the greatest vertical in the East, but a lesser known key asset is its 5-star ski and snowboard school. Tucked away from the rest of the resort is the Bear Den Mountain area that is entirely dedicated to beginners with its own lodge, trails, and lifts, and its own parking area, making for a relaxed and fun environment...
If the idea of winter camping conjures up a shiver... you might not be doing it right. I love the outdoors in winter, but draw a line at the sleeping bag, no matter how thick it may be. But that's not all there is to our winter campgrounds. If you would like a base of civilization with lots of lovely winter, there are two excellent choices right around the corner. Closeness...
Spring is a time when most people’s thoughts turn to warm weather and flowers. Truth be told, that used to be me. Growing up in Georgia, spring meant warm rains and blooming dogwood trees. And, of course, pollen and allergies. But not in the Adirondacks. Spring is about skiing! That’s right. While you’re watching the crocuses push up through the dirt, we’re watching the snow...
New York state has more ski areas that any other state. That has led to a solid ski culture. Most of these areas are small to medium-sized. I learned to snowboard at one of the smaller areas called Dry Hill. Dry Hill has 11 trails and only 300 feet of vertical, but it was enough to cut my teeth on and work on the basic skills I needed to become an intermediate rider. And that’s the beauty of New...
Whiteface Mountain is big. The summit is 4,867 feet in elevation, and there are 86 trails — totalling over 22 miles — to choose from. So what are you looking for? We talked to life-long skier and ski instructor Marcy Fagan to get the inside scoop on her favorite runs at the Face. Take a look at the handy guide below, try some of Marcy's suggestions, then have fun exploring the rest of...
Whiteface Mountain, New York’s fifth highest mountain, is a true year-round treasure that's begging to be explored. Whether you prefer to hit the slopes or simply sightsee from the top, Whiteface is a mountain for the people, accessible to anyone who wants to bask in its views. While the Veterans Memorial Highway is not open to vehicles during winter, there are still many ways to play on...
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. 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...
Last year I took one big step toward adulthood, kissing my vagabond life behind and welcoming a “career” with – somewhat – open arms. While I love my job, my nine-to-five schedule, and regular dentist appointments (yay insurance) there’s one big and very important thing no one told me. Ski conditions are always better midweek. This year, snow-vember took us by surprise,...
  Snowboarding didn’t work out for me, but that didn’t stop me from getting on Whiteface Mountain. I worked hard all last year to feel comfortable on my snowboard. After taking an hour lesson and spending many days on the bunny hill, my fear of falling and my discomfort level never seemed to fade. At this point it was mentally exhausting. There was still one other way to...
Oh, a cabin in the woods, with the whispery fall of snow outside and the crackle of a fire inside. It is a wonderful base for snuggling, skiing, heart-to-heart talks over hot chocolate, and snowshoeing on a bluebird day. So very Adirondacks. The Whiteface Region has a variety of cabins and cottages that will match a couple's longing to be alone, or accommodate a lively group wanting...
Lungfuls of fresh Adirondack mountain air, thigh-burning exercise, and fresh powder are the ideal ingredients that will earn you rights to a hearty meal after skiing Whiteface Mountain. But the recipe for a perfect mountain meal varies, depending on the type of skier. Are you the “only fresh morning tracks will do” type? The “all-day, go till you drop” sort? Or are you cruising along, making...

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