October 30, 2017
Wilmington, NY — In the last few years, the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has built up Whiteface Mountain’s web of trails, and now the ski center has 86 of them available for a range of experience levels. This year, ORDA has turned its attention inward and is renovating its lodges to create a more modern feel but still maintain its authentic Adirondack character. There are three big changes visitors can expect this year and next year at Whiteface that will enhance the après-ski fun and the learn-to-ski experience. And with these construction projects underway, ORDA still plans on opening the ski area on November 24, weather depending.
The lifts, snowmaking, and Main Base Lodge will operate as normal; however, the opening of Cloudspin Lounge may be delayed until the middle of December, making its debut near Christmas. Plans are to erect a tent and make beverages available in other locations.
Cloudspin Lounge is getting a makeover inside and out, with the goal of giving guests a modern yet authentic experience after a day on the hill. The lounge will still be serving delicious burgers and its famous Bloody Marys in its base lodge location, but now with a prettier, more aesthetically-pleasing feel. Once it opens, we’ll be sure to report back on all of the changes and document them with photos! In addition, the Main Base Lodge stairway is being renovated and an elevator is being installed to improve accessibility and traffic flow. More bathrooms will be installed in the base lodge's second level.
Schematics of Cloudspin Lounge upgrades.
Bear Den Lodge (formerly Kid’s Kampus) is doubling in capacity and footprint with the expansion of a lounge adjacent to the lodge’s current Black Bear Cafe.
The expansion, which will start this year and be completed next season, will allow Whiteface to combine all of its learn-to-ski offerings from this location, where it formerly only held the kids' ski programs. The goal is to create a safe and convenient environment for all new skiers.
Tucked away from Whiteface Mountain's main side — complete with its own lift and trail system, beautiful log cabin lodge (full of everything you'd expect in a ski lodge), parking and complimentary shuttle service — Bear Den Lodge will be an ideal place for all beginners to learn and will provide convenient solutions for families to get the most out of their trip to Whiteface.
Skiers and riders can enjoy a new warming hut on top of Lookout Mountain named Porcupine Lodge when a 1949 structure is updated and re-opens this year. It was originally built as a snack bar and warming hut almost 70 years ago as part of the original ski area before Whiteface opened. In the '70s and '80s, the hut was used by the SUNY Atmospheric Science and Research Center, and then as a ski patrol post.
At this stage, there is not a plan for concessions, but skiers and riders can use the cozy building to rest, warm up, and eat a bring-your-own lunch. Then they can head out on the Wilmington Trail — it's rated intermediate and is 2.1 miles long, providing great wilderness views.