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The Slides at Whiteface, Lakeplacid

post #1 of 18
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Hi everyone

 

So next week Im going down to Whiteface, Lake Placid. I have been there 2 times before and each time the Slides have been closed. So now with the new snow that they got this week there might be a possibility that they open. I just wanted to know if they are open can you just go right into them or do you have to tell the Ski Patrol? I would be going in with my brother who is 18 and myself (16). We are both advanced skiers with and both of us have our level 1 CSCF coach certification. So just to clear up is there anything other thing you have to do than just going into The Slides or do u need to arrange something?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 18

You can just ski them if they are open as far as I know, but they are almost never open. I know a guy who lived in the area and skied at Whiteface his entire life, and wasn't at the mountain on a day that the slides were open until after he graduated from college. I've heard they are pretty technical, and you'll likely encuonter some pretty nasty surface conditions... nothing too wild though.

post #3 of 18

Here's the lowdown on the Slides - straight from the Whiteface web page:

 

The Slides

For those of you with the skills and judgment to match, welcome to the Slides.

A series of steep, narrow chutes, the Slides are open only when Ski Patrol deems them safe. This is expert-only terrain—35 acres of in-bounds, off-piste, double black-diamond wilderness skiing accessible by hiking from the top the Summit Quad.

Once you get there, you'll be a few hundred feet above Vermont's tallest mountain and three times as high as the top of the Empire State Building. There's no snowmaking on the Slides, so below you will be nothing but nature's finest offerings. But don't let it get to your head. Skiing the Slides demands skill and concentration. In one area, for example, there's a frozen waterfall beneath all that snow. Give the Slides the respect they deserve, and they'll give you the ride of your life.

For access to the Slides, the Whiteface Ski Patrol has created the following rules:


  • Bronze Slides closed due to avalanche danger, lack of snow cover, or other operational considerations.
  • Silver Slides open but based on conditions; Ski Patrol will require avalanche precautions such as a beacon, shovel and probe.
  • Gold Slides open with the stipulation that guests be groups of two or more at Ski Patrol's discretion.

 

I myself have never skied them.

post #4 of 18

As of todays ski report the slides are not open, If they are not open when you are there go to the new Lookout Mt. triple access the sugar valley glades once in ski hard left , bush wack down the side to the gulley run out and ski that down to the base, that will give you the biggest challenge there. watch out for rock cliif drops, open water holes, down trees.

post #5 of 18

The Slides don't usually open until there's a big dump in late March/early April (biggest base, best snow conditions, less people).

post #6 of 18

Weren't they open last year at this time?  They got 2 feet from the last storm so they should be in good shape.

 

A few friends skied it last year and they said that it is challenging but not that bad.  There is a section that some might call a no fall zone - "not a good place to fall".

post #7 of 18

The website says the slides were not open today.  You can never count on skiing the Slides.

 

BK

post #8 of 18

Hmmm I read somewhere that the Slides were open today. Check skiadk forums or snowjournal, either one.

post #9 of 18

When I was at Whiteface, the slides were closed, but I could regard them from the Summit Quad.  They look quite intense.  There is indeed a GIANT frozen waterfall (basically a giant block of ice that is hellishly steep), big rocks, cliffs, and trees all over the place... definitely doesn't have the "smooth" look.  It looks like you could both seriously get hurt there, and also have a hell of a time getting rescued by patrol (if you had a serious injury).

 

I'd do it, but only with other people and in perfect conditions, and with extreme caution.

 

 

It may be hard to get to, but the furthest slide (I think locals call it "Slide 4"), looks to be less rocky, more smooth, and only having trees.  Of course, you still have to traverse over there through some gnarly terrain where you'd still want to be very careful.

post #10 of 18

The Slides Opened today. Only 2,3,4. Great skiing if you like technical skiing. I took 2 runs down 2/end of 1 one in the morning one in the afternoon. In the morning i was one of the first 10 people to go down. Good heavy powder and limited ice. The afternoon was quite different lots of ice patches and snow mounds and a lot of sliding sideways down the sleep section because it was so icy from others doing so. Overall it was an amazing day at whiteface with lots of sun and good temps.

 

 

post #11 of 18

pictures.......

post #12 of 18

I kind of wish I'd skied the slides a few years ago when I was at whiteface, but on the other hand, based on these descriptions of the sheer terror they instil in folks here, I'm glad I didn't. What runs would they be comparable to at Whistler?

post #13 of 18

I'm pretty sure Whistler has a lot of stuff harder than The Slides.

post #14 of 18

I dunno Whiteface has some really crazy areas when the conditions are right or should I say wrong which is often.   I just remember sliding uncontrollably side ways, completely parallel to fall line....along with patrol and a few other people.....lots of hurt people, blood, and rescue sleds...it was ugly I don't even know why it was open...and did I mention blizzard like wind and so cold that you question your sanity?

 

Slides:

 

slides_2.jpg

post #15 of 18

Here is the Waterfall

 

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Slides 2 off to the right

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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by skiwhitblu View Post

The Slides Opened today. Only 2,3,4. Great skiing if you like technical skiing. I took 2 runs down 2/end of 1 one in the morning one in the afternoon. In the morning i was one of the first 10 people to go down. Good heavy powder and limited ice. The afternoon was quite different lots of ice patches and snow mounds and a lot of sliding sideways down the sleep section because it was so icy from others doing so. Overall it was an amazing day at whiteface with lots of sun and good temps.

 

 

 

I'm jealous!
 

 

post #17 of 18

The slides really aren't that difficult to ski. The fact that they are only open sporadically adds to the allure. To be honest, once they are open, they're an extension of the rest of the inbounds terrain. They become just as mogul-y and skied off as the rest of the mountain. I would rate them on par with typical ungroomed black" slopes in "the west".

post #18 of 18

You aren`t going to die going down any of the slides other then slide 1 which are probally as challenging as a some of the runs in the chutes,glades, and bowls. The other slide though are just amazing and fun to go down when you are one of the first 10 people down the slides in weeks and the heavy powder flies over your skis, then you go up and hike over to another slides and ski something new. They are probally some of the best runs in the east. But come on we are in the east not the west so we don`t have great open bowls and 40 to 50 degree drops/ runs. In my opinion and I haven`t skied Jay or Sugarbush these are the best runs in the east if you catch them when you`re there.......

 

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