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Whiteface and Hunter 3/2 and 3/3

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I’m a bit late in posting but hope you enjoy:

 

I recently combined my biz trip with some east coast skiing at Whiteface and Hunter.  It was a great trip and greatly helped by tips from several of you on the forum.  I did a lot of driving for 2 days skiing but it was well worth it.

 

Day 1: Whiteface

I skied bell to bell and had a great time.  Snow covereage and conditions were very good.  W has some of the longest runs in the east.  The area basically has 3 lift pods: summit, lookout and little whiteface.  Each have over 1500’ of vertical.  Most of the runs are steep groomers, with a few bump runs and a few glades.  There are a few runs outside of these three pods but there pretty flat. 

 

The new Wilmington trail is a unique feature in the east.  It’s over 2700’ vertical and maintains a good pitch for the vast majority of the run.  The blacks off the summit lift are also fantastic with nearly 2k of consistent vertical.  The Olympic flavor is embraced throughout the ski area and also adds a nice touch.  I skied every blue and black run while there.

 

My only negative comments were:

The snow quality appears to be worse than northern VT

Very few glades (note that slides and sugar valley glades were closed)

 

Little Whiteface

 

Summit area

 

Looking down on little Whiteface from summit.

 

Wilmington:

 

 

Day 2: Hunter

 

Hunter is clearly a step down from whiteface but still a real good mountain.  Nearly every run was groomed and based on manmade snow.   This place reminded me of a bigger version of Boyne Mountain in Michigan.  It’s all about steep grommers.  There is basically just one peak with a front and back side.  The runs don’t go straight down the fall line for the most part, but rather, are wide roads carved into the mountain.  Most runs were open but only one run on the backside was open (Clair’s) and it was probably the best run on the mountain.  High speed lifts helped me get a lot of skiing in.  I skied every blue and black run in half a day.

 

My only negative comments were:

Lift lines on the 6pac can and did get long.  (although non-express lifts serving same terrain had no lines)

Lots of skiers on the mountain makes icy conditions an issue but good snow can still be found

 

Front side:

 

backside lift

post #2 of 6

Nate,

 

Glad to hear you enjoyed WF.  My favorites trails at WF (I usually go for spring skiing) are Upper Skyward, Cloudspin and Lookout Below (esp. when they are bumped up).  I have not skied any of the WF glades, nor have I skied the slides (I really want to).  I have been at WF the day before the slides opened, and the day after the slides closed frown.gif.

 

Thanks for posting the TR.

 

STE

post #3 of 6
For a beginner (my girlfriend ) should I do this weekend at whiteface or hunter ? What's more friendly for her ?
post #4 of 6
Also she can do the entire right peak at killington (the one with the smaller terrain park) and all the blues at belleayre
post #5 of 6

Well, duh, Whiteface. 

 

It's sorta like, if I had the choice, would I rather go to Stowe or Jiminy Peak in MA?

 

They're two separate categories. Hunter is a leader in the day trip category, with easy accesibility to a lot of major areas. Whiteface is in the mountains, with sustained steeps, a huge vertical, and some big skiing.

 

 

And also, love the TR. Good stuff! If they had more snow/weren't in a thaw, Hunter would be great for bumps. The entire backside they let bump up (Clair's is bumped up when the skiing doesn't suck) as well as all the double diamonds and the sides of a bunch of single diamonds. Maybe some blues too.

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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post

Well, duh, Whiteface. 

It's sorta like, if I had the choice, would I rather go to Stowe or Jiminy Peak in MA?

They're two separate categories. Hunter is a leader in the day trip category, with easy accesibility to a lot of major areas. Whiteface is in the mountains, with sustained steeps, a huge vertical, and some big skiing.


And also, love the TR. Good stuff! If they had more snow/weren't in a thaw, Hunter would be great for bumps. The entire backside they let bump up (Clair's is bumped up when the skiing doesn't suck) as well as all the double diamonds and the sides of a bunch of single diamonds. Maybe some blues too.

I was mostly asking if white face had enough moderate trails
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