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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 Whiteface Mountain. Check out five fun facts about Whiteface Mountain in the winter!

It has Olympic history

Lake Placid was the host of the 1980 Olympics, most known for the "Miracle on Ice” game where U.S. men’s ice hockey beat the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union, to go on to the finals. What you may not know is that Whiteface Mountain was home to all six of the alpine ski events during this Olymics. The same Olympic runs can still be skied today, including mens and womens downhill which went down the black diamond trail, Skyward.
One misconception about Whiteface Mountain's Olympic history is that it was used during the 1932 Winter Olympics, also hosted by Lake Placid. There were no alpine skiing events in the 1932 Olympics and Whiteface did not open as a ski mountain until 1958.

It’s not just for skiers

Not a skier? That's fine! If you're still looking for a challenge (or your winter 46) Whiteface Mountain is a great snowshoe hike. Want a more mellow experience? Take the gondola to the top of Little Whiteface and do a little sightseeing. The ride from the base will take about 15 minutes each way, but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains the whole way up. From the top of Little Whiteface you will see views of Lake Placid and its village, Lake Champlain to the east, the ski jumps, Ausable River, and more. The Cloudsplitter gondola experience is included in the purchase of an Olympic Passport.

It’s home to the greatest vertical drop in the East

OK, you probably already knew this one. But did you also know Whiteface has a greater vertical drop than Aspen in Colorado, Lake Louise in Alberta, and Snowbird in Utah? That’s right, Whiteface’s 3,430 ft. drop is pretty impressive. Known for its steep trails and The Slides, which are open weather permitting, Whiteface is a mountain ready to challenge even the most experienced skiers. Not what your looking for? Bear Den offers great beginner trails and a lesson with Whiteface snowsports school will have you skiing from the summit in no time!

It was voted #1 for Down Day Activities by Ski Magazine

Ready for a day of rest? This year Ski Magazine voted whiteface as number one for down day activities. Withing the Adirondacks, outdoor activities abound. Try out nearby trails for some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Other area attractions include High Falls Gorge, "The Adirondacks' most breathtaking 30 minute walk" or head to Santa’s Workshop for some family fun. Had something else in mind? Check out more nearby attractions here or take a stroll through neighboring town Lake Placid.  

You can ski free December 9

You read that right. On december 9, don your best santa suit (or Mrs. Claus outfit), and enjoy free skiing at Whiteface Mountain! Neighboring Lake Placid will also be hosting its Holiday Stroll, making it the most festive time of year to be a skier. Can't get your hands on a Santa suit? Donate a new or gently used winter coat or a new toy (valued over $10) and receive 50% off your lift ticket or Cloudsplitter gondola ride for the day. It’s a great way to give a gift to someone in need during the holidays.

Ready to come ski or play at Whiteface Mountain? Book your stay now and get planning!

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