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The Whiteface Lodge  

 

 

 

All rates are inclusive of accommodation, taxes, full breakfast daily and usage of all resort amenities including; Ice Skating, Platform Tennis, Kamp Kanu (our supervised weekend children's program for ages 3-14), Bowling, Nightly Smores, Movie Theatre and more. 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$515 and up 

 

 

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

 

 

This Inn offers beautiful rooms and suites and facilities include spa, heated indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, whirlpool, private skating rink, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more.   

Extra person charges may apply

$229 and up

 

High Peaks Resort

 

 

Adirondack's newest luxury resort & hotel. The resort offers complimentary Internet access, two indoor pools, fitness center, spa & salon.

 

Extra person charges may apply

$129 and up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mid-Station Lodge


Boule's Bistro


Cloudspin Lounge and Black Diamond Burrito Bar


J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Café & Wine Bar


Base Camp Café


Black Bear Café 

 

 

 

 

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Whiteface/Lake Placid
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Whiteface is big. As in BIG. With a vertical drop of 3,430 feet in fact, Whiteface can claim top honors in the East for that category. The resort's vertical is, of course, a major reason why Whiteface is the only resort in the eastern United States to have hosted the Winter Olympics. Skiers and snowboarders visiting Whiteface benefit from the resort's proximity to Lake Placid as a variety of non-skiing activities are possible. Always wanted to try your hand at the bobsled? This is the place to do it. As for the mountain itself, 211 skiable acres are spread across that entire vertical. 97% of the resort is covered by snowmaking but The Slides - Whiteface's experts-only area - requires some help from Mother Nature. Nearby Lake Placid (9 miles from the resort) serves as a great center for all the area's attractions. Ice-skating, shops, pubs, a toboggan chute, and more are all available in town and the lodging includes everything from four-star luxury to Bed and Breakfasts. There are numerous fantastic restaurants in the village of Lake Placid. It's always difficult trying to decide where to go for dinner. There's also the Olympic Museum that's worth a visit and you can skate on the track where Eric Heiden won his five gold medals speed skating in the 1980 Olympics. No trip to the area is complete without a bobsled ride - a total blast! And you need to take trip to the top of the ski jumps at the Olympic Jumping Center so you see first hand what these jumpers see before they go flying through the air.

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General-Total area in bounds283 acres
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Posted

Pros: Big, for the East; High speed gondola and lots of good chairlifts; Great apreski lodge and a fun town; That 1980 Olympics vibe

Cons: That 1980 Olympics vibe; Can be icy like every other mountain in the East

Whiteface holds a sweet spot in my heart. When I was a student at Cornell my friends and I would make the drive up to Whiteface a few times a year. We would rent a bunkhouse in the area that was most definitely a youth hostel in 1980 (see 1980 Olympics vibe, both pro and con). It is great for a bunch of college kids, +/- 10 years. We kept the tradition alive post-college when we were all living in NYC.

 

Whiteface is a sizeable mountain for the East Coast. It has enough terrain to keep an advanced skier entertained for a day. Two days is pushing it. It is wonderful for beginning skiers and families. The lodge at the bottom of the mountain is 1980-fabulous and has a great DJ and live bands after the ski day. It is incredibly fun. Whiteface has updated lift equipment and a great high-speed gondola that takes you to the top of the mountain. It has good variation of terrain, with steep groomed, steep ungroomed, backwoods skiing, and easy stuff.

 

The town is also charming. I imagine it would be possible to stay in a nice inn there, and have a sweet ski weekend away with your significant other. That was not my experience in Whiteface, but I can see how it is possible.

 

Definitely a stellar option for those out East.

 

 

Posted

Pros: VERTICAL and time on the mountain vs on the lift line.

Cons: ice / lack of glades. it cant get icy . Nightlife is non existant. parking could be better

I love whiteface. I love the amount of time i spend on the trails vs in the gondala or waiting for it. The lifts move fast and if its presidents weekend stick to lookout mountain or the summit when it gets busy. but it never gets killington busy. I love the challenging steep terrian and the views.
 

the natural snowfall/ wind can be annoying. Glades wont be as great as say a gore mountain or a tremblant. when it is windy and things ice up if you stick to the narrower trails they will be better.

 

this is not a fun nightlife place, no clubs, just a few bars and not a bumping local crowd. Lake placid can have marginally better nightlife.

Posted

Pros: good vertical, quick lines, great views, steep long trails

Cons: not very diverse width wise

Whiteface is a no frills place, but lake placid is a very very nice town, and there is a nice bar at the main lodge, and it has everything that's needed. Some people may prefer other places like Killington and Gore because of the easier to access variety, and the layout may force people down certain trails to not ski more difficult trails.  The skiing is excellent.

Posted

Pros: High vert. Good grooming. No phony village at base

Cons: Can be windy. Could use more runs.

I'd say this is my favourite Eastern mountain... nudging past Le Massif when they built the Lookout Mountain pod.

 

If you like cruising LONG runs, there isn't much that comes close on this side of the Mississippi.  The views from the summit are incredible. When I'm up there I feel like I'm on top of the world. I've actually spotted Mount Washington, two states over from the summit.

 

My take is that the snowmaking upgrades over the last 10 years have made the Iceface moniker obsolete.  Its never been icy save for the odd patch here and there.  I'm always able to get a solid edge in on Skyward and Cloudspin, which are some of the steepest longest runs in the East- These runs formed the upper half of the men's and women's downhills at the 1980 Olympics.

 

This might be a con to some, but I really like how Whiteface is in the middle of the wilderness, with almost no development at the base.  The 10-15 drive from Lake Placid every morning is a joy, given the spectacular scenery of the rock cliffs, the Ausable river, and the High Peaks all around.

 

The town of Lake Placid is my family's favourite spot to go (though we usually go in the summer).  The village is great, with all the pubs, shops, and hotels overlooking Mirror Lake, with Whiteface in the distance.  

 

Unfortunately, due to state regulations, Whiteface has pretty much maxed out its trail count.  Thats too bad, because there's a lot of uncut terrain that would be pretty awesome to ski/board.  As is I'd say its perfect for a 2-3 day trip.  Gore Mountain is about an hour down the road, which is an option for extended trips... especially since with tired Whiteface legs, the shorter Gore runs are a welcome break. Though its a subject of great debate, this reviewer finds Whiteface vastly superior to Gore... as I'm all about the vertical!

 

Being advanced level, I'd say the best runs to hit are the above mentioned Skyward and Cloudspin, Parkway, Thruway, and Mountain Run.  For ungroomed, there's Empire, MacKenzie and Lookout Below.  Hoyt's High has never been open when I'm there, but now that it has snowmaking, it looks like that could change this year.  From the lift, it looks incredible.

 

For high-beginners to intermediate the best run is probably Excelsior.  The blue runs off the summit are nice, but could be wind exposed.  As well, the entire lower mountain is an intermediates paradise. For a higher intermediate, the Wilmington Trail is a LONG blue trail that gives you views to the north that no other trail on the mountain does.

 

For true beginners, theres the family section off the Bunny Hutch Triple.  Its pretty short vert, so if you're a true beginner, with no ambition to check out some blues, Whiteface may not be a good fit.  That said, Lake Placid is a great enough town, that the true beginner could be kept busy with offhill activities. 

Posted

Pros: The terrain, Lake Placid

Cons: Ice, Wind, cold

For some reason I never end up having a god ski day here but I will keep trying.  For some other strange reason I always have a great ski day at Gore?  Both places would  benefit from having a half dozen more "huge dumps" per season but then again which mountain doesn't.

 

Lake Placid is a great town with lots to do, especially for families.  I still get choked up in the Rink when I see the pictures of Herb Brooks and the boys.

Posted

Pros: Steep and good verticle

Cons: icy, cold, fog, freezing rain, variable conditions. Not very big.

I go there once a year to ski with my buddies. They go almost every weekend. The terrain can be pretty icy on top and variable down lower. Don't bring your fat skis. A good midfat that can handle ice is perfect. The weather can vary as I worte under "cons".

 

I think vermont is better. The verticle feet is 3100 lift served but its only 220 acres so its not wide.

 

It will challenge you. And, I agree with the other reviewer who said the blues are not easier blues.

 

I have a good time wherever I ski, but, this place is not my favorite and certainly not worth 5 stars.

 

Johnny

Posted

Pros: highest mountain in the area, awesome mexican food, nice trails

Cons: you need to take 2 chairs to get to the very top. the gondola only takes you to a shorter peak

HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE AREA!!!!!!!!! i really enjoyed it! lake placid is beautiful. i would suggest skiing until 2pm and going for a ride around the lake. all chairs run until 3:30pm. there is a chair that goes 3/4 of the way up for easy slopes that closes at 4pm. many lodges are on the mountain, so you can ski, and halfway down, you can stop and have a beer or lunch. there is a fancy restaurant at the highest peak with amazing view. the main lodge has excellent mexican food and a terrasse. there are several sundays for which the resort sells 35$ tickets - such as the superbowl sunday. the only downside would be that you need to take 2 chairs to get to the very top. the gondola only takes you to a shorter peak. that being said, there is no centralized way to the top and many double chairs bring you to cute trails :) hence, there is no big traffic on any particular chair! the snow was amazing and the chairs run fast. the park is nice and there is even a park for begginners. it is not a pretentious resort at all, it has a warm and charming atmosphere. i would definitely suggest the mountain, especially if you take advantage of the 35$ sunday deal!! AWESOME PRICE!!!!!

Posted

Pros: Steep runs, plenty of terrain

Cons: Summit often icy

Great terrain. Plenty of runs of various difficulty, but most would be best for skiers at intermediate levels.  Some of the blue runs actually ski like black runs - it actually seems that many of the green and blue are underrated.  The blue runs often require strong intermediate to advanced skiing ability.  The summit is often icy and windy, but that should not be a surprise considering it is one of the most exposed peaks in the region.  For this reason, quite often the summit quad is often not operating due to heavy wind.  

 

On top of that, the surrounding views are just spectacular.  Numerous restaurants and pubs over excellent night life - however, these are not within a walking distance of the mountain.

Posted

Pros: BIG MOUNTAIN FUN

Cons: 5 hrs from Boston...

I skied Whiteface in Feb, 2009. It rained 36 hours out of the 4 days I was there. In FEBRUARY!! One day I was there it was super foggy at the top. You have to take a chair to get to the top.

Still, they groomed as well as they could. It's a blast to ski trails Olympians skied. Nice STEEP terrain, with plenty of intermediate & beginner stuff for the whole family. I skied the new trails and enjoyed them. The gondola has the cleanest windows I've ever seen.

Mid-mtn lodge is nice,and the Base lodge is nice. I wish they had more Olympic stuff, like a wide screen TV showing the 1982 Olympic races and other events - on a loop!

Despite the weather, I really want to ski Whiteface again, preferably with packed powder. It's totally worth the drive from Boston. North Elba (town of Lake Placid) has good restaurants, lots of lodging from motels to luxy accomodations. The only place for waffles in North Elba is the Comfort Inn!