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Whiteface or Killington?

Poll Results: The Beast of the East: Whiteface or Killington?

 
  • 61% (13)
    Whiteface Mountain, New York (Also Known as Lake Placid)
  • 38% (8)
    Killington, Vermont
21 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Whiteface or Killington?  Which resort is the best, or "The Beast of the East."  Killington claims to have a very high vertical (3,050 to be exact) but you can't actually ski this 3,050 ft. vertical in one run.  On the other hand, Whiteface really shoots up into the clouds and you can ski every foot of vertical in one run.  Killington is larger in terms of acreage and may offer more variety in their slope types.  So, Killington or Whiteface?  Please leave your unbiassed opinion... so ignore Whiteface's and Killington's ratings and rankings on other websites and magazines...

 

Just some Stats:


Whiteface Vertical: 3,430'

Killington Vertical: 3,050'

 

Whiteface True-Up Vertical: 3216'

Killington True-Up Vertical: 1645'

 

True-Up Vertical is the most amount of vertical skiable in a single run.

 

Whiteface Skiable acreage: 283

Killington Skiable acreage: 752

post #2 of 17

Well..... Have not been to Whiteface. The answer might be what you want to do after the lifts close.  Party your face off?  Killington is pretty good.  beercheer.gif

post #3 of 17

I haven`t been to killington. But whiteface is amazing it just depends when you are going. 

If it`s bad, whiteface gets very limited they normally will have 3 to 5 ways down from just the false peak I would call it where the gondi drops you off.

If it`s good though, your in for the closest skiing terrain in the east to the west, my opinion completely which isn`t that popular here. The slides are an almost backcountry skiing which don`t get tracked out ever. The glades are great and the runs off the summit have great views and are amazing as well. Lookout mountain as an unbelievable groomer which runs all the way down to the base with great views, lookout also has some awesome black diamound runs as well. 

 

It`s also if I mention CHEAP. The crown plaza has unbelievable rates for ski and stay and the hotel is exteremely well kept and has all modern amentities you can expect from a hotel anywhere. We normally do a mid week trip and it`s 400$ for 2 adults for 3 nights and 3 days of skiing. We always meet people on the lifts who miss out on this deal and it`s cheaper to do this deal then buy 2x3day lift tickets at the ticket booth.

post #4 of 17

Killington has better in-bounds terrain and better snow.  As far as vertical goes, if you spend your day lapping Bear Mountain (1200') Superstar (1200') or the Gondola (1600'), you'll rack up far more vertical on great terrain than most able bodies can withstand.  

 

I'm a weekday-only Killington skier, so can't speak for weekends.  On a Tuesday in January you can get 30,000+ vertical in a matter of hours.

post #5 of 17

i hate to say it, Killington

post #6 of 17

Technically you can ski the full vert at Killington... on one of a few strings of trails like... Great Northern > Bear Trax > Launch Pad > Great Eastern/Home Stretch, which brings you to the base of Skyeship.

 

Personally, I am not a fan of Whiteface (although the weather was terrible both times I have been there).  Very cold/windy place with many trails that are unprotected from wind scour.  Also, they have a lot of steep and a lot of flat, and not very much in between.  Definitely more variety at Killington, but like you said, the vertical skis very small.

 

I vote for my favorite place of all time: SUGARBUSH!!

post #7 of 17

Meh on both accounts.

 

Whiteface:  I got this from someone on this site years ago, "Whiteface is like a tilted ironing board."  and it is...tall and narrow, steepish and groomed flat.  Great hill for racers.  Great town but it's 10 miles to the hill.

 

Killington:  big and good variety of terrain but maybe a little too spread out.  THis may be too subjective but I am not a fan of the hard charging, testosterone fueled prototypical big K skier that appears in drives there every weekend.  Have seen more than one collision there and one that resulted in a stopped skier breaking her arm.  Good nightlife close by.  KIllington has the edge in snow conditions as well.

 

Me, I prefer Killington to Whiteface but neither is a top choice for me.

post #8 of 17

They’re both great places, visit them both!

 

Although I’ve had some stellar pow days in Colorado and Utah, I’ve had great times at both Killington and Whiteface. Took a week trip to K-Mart in late March  and on a Wednesday, got 11” overnight, and I felt like the only guy on the mountain. I stayed in the Bear Peak and Skye Peak areas and got some great freshies in the glades all day. The place can get busy, but it really is beast. It’s absolutely huge, and there’s some quality terrain all over the mountain.

 

Whiteface  is my second favorite East Coast destination (after Sugarbush). You said it, 3200’ of vert without bullshit traverses or flat spots. The gondola serves up 2400’ in a 10 minute ride, you can’t beat it. It’s one of the few places in the East where you can rack up 30K feet in a day with ease. Mid April in 2007 I drove up, a freak storm came in, and they got 20” of some freakishly light powder (Steamboat-esque). When the gondola opened, there was maybe 10 people in line. They opened the Slides, and I got some completely untracked lines in the 3rd and 4th gullies, hardest terrain I’ve found on the East Coast right there.

 

I suggest not worrying about “ranking” these spots. They’re both fun!

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by crank View Post

Meh on both accounts.

 

Whiteface:  I got this from someone on this site years ago, "Whiteface is like a tilted ironing board."  and it is...tall and narrow, steepish and groomed flat.  Great hill for racers.  Great town but it's 10 miles to the hill.

 

Killington:  big and good variety of terrain but maybe a little too spread out.  THis may be too subjective but I am not a fan of the hard charging, testosterone fueled prototypical big K skier that appears in drives there every weekend.  Have seen more than one collision there and one that resulted in a stopped skier breaking her arm.  Good nightlife close by.  KIllington has the edge in snow conditions as well.

 

Me, I prefer Killington to Whiteface but neither is a top choice for me.

 

 

The new Lookout Mountain expansion changes that ironing board factor.  As well, I think the enhancements to the their snowmaking has eliminated the Iceface rep... at least from my experience.

 

I remember being there in minus 20 weather lapping the gondola and hitting up runs during snowmaking.  With the extreme cold, the artificial snow had a pretty natural feel.  It was like powder runs all day long.  The cold kept the crowds away too. 



post #10 of 17

Whiteface is a one trick pony! Long vertical? Yes, Steep? Yes. Icy most of the time? Yes. That combination make a small group happy. Sharpen your edges before you go.

 

Killington has a lot more variety. You can follow the sun or stay away from it. Lap the bump fields in Bear Mountain or cruise the blue highways in Ramshead etc... It has its drawbacks. Its layout is confusing. It takes a while to get the hang of what's where. Just about everyone on their first few days ended up traversing sideways half of the time.

 

I like the town of Lake Placid a lot better than ... the Killington access road.

 

Having said all that, neither are my favorites. I'd prefer Stowe. (And from the sound of it, Sugarbush would be nice too)

post #11 of 17

I spent 7 years teaching at Killington and now teach at Whiteface for over 10 years.

 

They are totally different places.  Whiteface's snow quality has improved considerably since the snow making system was upgraded a few years ago allowing more air to be used creating drier snow.  Killington can blow more snow than anywhere but they are so busy that the snow gets skied off so much faster.  The crowds and lift lines at Killington on the weekend can be huge compared to Whiteface. The big K is wider but you only ski around 1000 -1200 feet per run.   While WF you can ski all 3200 in a run, 2400 vert from the gondi is more common.  Those longer runs combined with shorter lift lines means much more time skiing.  WF during the weekend is comparable to Killington's crowds midweek.

 

Both have steeps but WF is much steeper.  Killington has more green terrian.  K is commercial, WF is more an pure ski and vacation experience.

 

K-mart is a single person's all night non stop party.  Lake Placid is more laid back and has the best ski town experience in the East.

 

There is nothing comparable to the Slides east of Denver that is lift serviced.

 

Both are good - WF is the best ski area in the East.

post #12 of 17

There is a reason they have had TWO Olympics at Whiteface! The Olympic Village had some pretty cool stuff! Olympic bob sled run anybody??
 

post #13 of 17

Probably not qualified to say but imho, Whiteface is groomed.  It has steep stuff but it's groomed.  Killington has terrain and varied skiing.  The woods at killington are steep and they have more snow.  Killington has more natural snow.  Killington skis like a New England mountain.

 

If you like to ski fast groomers then WF is your mountain.  If you like bumps and woods, go to Killington.

post #14 of 17

A lot of great and accurate info about K and WF. While WF has a few good woods runs, K wins once you know your way around the mountain.

Great nightlife at K but I also like the town of Lake Placid better and you can walk home from most bars more easily.

I took note of the comment about WF being the closest to a western mountain out east. I have never had the opportunity to try the slides (always closed).

Will make me return to try again. I always felt that Sugarloaf was the closest experience to a western mountain, maybe the slides will change that.

Good calls on Stowe and Sugarbush being great mountains as well.

post #15 of 17

The Vertical drop of Killington's Great Eastern Trail is about 2,950 feet. see here http://www.mountaindynamics.com/en/sdmap.php?r=0&u=7855&tid=28859

 

 This goes from the top of Skye Peak to the Skyeship base. The Skyeship Gondola can you take right back to the top of that run.(no need to take two lifts).

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Vermonster View Post

The Vertical drop of Killington's Great Eastern Trail is about 2,950 feet. see here http://www.mountaindynamics.com/en/sdmap.php?r=0&u=7855&tid=28859

 

 This goes from the top of Skye Peak to the Skyeship base. The Skyeship Gondola can you take right back to the top of that run.(no need to take two lifts).

 

With a vertical that feels like skiing on a pool table.

post #17 of 17

Personally, I like Killington a bit better because I can ski terrain with more variety.  I'm driving 5-6 hours to get to either place so I'm staying a few days to get the most of my drive time.  At Whiteface I feel like I'm on the same few runs all the time.  At Killington, I can ski 2 days and only come back to the runs I got the most out of the next.  Plus with family, there's more terrain for everyone.

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