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Whiteface typical opening?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I searched (here and elsewhere) and couldn't find anything on Whiteface anticipate opening.

Was there mid March last year, curious when they anticipate opening this year and what typical early season conditions are like?
post #2 of 21
I'm surprised they're not open yet, as Gore is partially open. There's a nice trip report of that at First Tracks online.
post #3 of 21
Whiteface opened yesterday...looks like they have one lift open. I would think that early conditions could be a bit sketchy, though it's been a long time since I've skied there...they appear to have made a major upgrade to their snowmaking (95% coverage).

powsniffr
post #4 of 21
Thanks for the tip - good report over there --
post #5 of 21
Hey Elk were the slides open when you went? If so how were they. I here good things and would like to trek up there for a few but if the slides arent open (and I know it's tough) then I'm less enthusiastic about it.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PA Ridge Racer
Hey Elk were the slides open when you went? If so how were they. I here good things and would like to trek up there for a few but if the slides arent open (and I know it's tough) then I'm less enthusiastic about it.
PA RR, slides were closed. I don't think I could have skied 'em if they were open. From what I've read, it's like a lottery, you gotta have some luck to be there when they do open. And, evidently you'll know it because all the locals will take the morning off to go, the ski shops in LP will be closed till 11:00, etc.

If you are thinking of making a trip there, I think you can call any of the ski shops, or call WF mountain itself, and I'm sure someone will tell you,if/when they might open.

I did get the first chair to the summit one day, was going to sign up for their first tracks program, but the last day of that program for the season was the first day I was there, so that first chair was kind of my private consolation.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sjcoll
Whiteface opened yesterday...looks like they have one lift open. I would think that early conditions could be a bit sketchy, though it's been a long time since I've skied there...they appear to have made a major upgrade to their snowmaking (95% coverage).

powsniffr
I can't tell from their website (www.whiteface.com) they are open. Trail conditions open up to a blank page, last year when the site did work, I never could figure out what trails/lifts were open. Does anyone else have this problem with their website?

OK, there I see it, in a press release. They opened Nov 20.
post #8 of 21
EMS,

Are they that steep? or was it because they're too crowded when open?
post #9 of 21
I'm a patroller at Whiteface and was there Saturday, opening day. What little was open was in good shape. Upper and lower valley (about 1,000 vert.) Not crowded, of course it never is.

Slides are open rarely. When they are it's in late season.
post #10 of 21
New issue of Powder has a nice write up on the slides
post #11 of 21

Weather conditions 12/16-19

We are planning on coming up to Whiteface on 12/16-12/19. In a typical year how are conditions at that point? I know it will be much colder than it is today but should the ENTIRE mountain be open by then? If not will we at least be able to go top to bottom in terms of skiing? I think Whiteface also does a good job in terms of snowmaking. Since I am bringing my two young daughters this time I also hope the beginners area is up and running as well. Another weather related question....will the lakes/ponds be frozen for ice skating at that point? It has been so warm here in NJ and our vacation is only a month away! It better get cold quick!!

We are using our Holiday Inn points and staying at the Lake Placid Resort this time. From what I have heard it should be nice.

Thanks,

Marc
post #12 of 21
Highpeaksdrifter

what are your thoughts on the slides. Is it the Best terrain in the East? Thanks for the tip on the article Mrryde. I'll check it out.
post #13 of 21
Gores, during that time expect the following if there is no major snow storm:

1. Most of Little WF will be open which is over 2500 feet of vert. and Gondola serviced.
2. Big WF probably will not be open.
3. Kids Kampus (Easy Acres) has to be open for Xmas week so good possibility it will be open then.
4. The Holiday Inn is a very nice place.
5. As far as Ice Skating goes the Olympic Oval will be open. 1/4 mile track, lighted with music.

You'll have a great time at wf/lp. You'll be back.

Check out this link.
http://www.orda.org/index.php
post #14 of 21
PA Ridge, INMO it is the best lift serviced terrain in the East. Unfortunately, we don't open it very much due to "Saftey concerns". If you're ever lucky enough to be there when it is open on a powder day, you'll never forget it.
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PA Ridge Racer
EMS,

Are they that steep? or was it because they're too crowded when open?
I'm at the 'advancing to intermediate' stage, just looking at the slides there, I felt the 'ol butterflies in the stomach. So that qualifies as too steep for me. Maybe in a few years.

When I was there, I went up the summit of Big WF, with the intention to take the blue runs down to where they meet up with the little WF trails, on the LH side.

Well, I stopped and looked down the black/double black diamond runs, looking down and left as you get off the summit quad. From that point on I lost my mojo, as Austin Powers would say, it affected me going down the blue runs from the summit for the rest of the day. I did a couple more runs from the summit, just to see how it went, but it wasn't until the next day that I had the confidence back. Wierdly enough, I gained confidence on the lower WF runs that day.

Agree with the other poster, hpd, about no crowds (I'm glad they don't publicize this too much!). I heard the only time crowds show up is for Christmas/New Year's.
post #16 of 21
ok I have to get to Whiteface now, without question!
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Back to one of the original questions, is it just me, or does Whiteface.com's website pop up nothing for trail conditions?

Their website was like that all last year, I never could tell what trails were open. Is there another official website that I'm overlooking besides whiteface.com?
post #18 of 21
WF started using Prance last year for trail conditions. They do it for alot of areas. They do have problems, but it worked ok last season most of the time. You can call toll free 1-877-SKI-Face to get conditions and what trails are open.
post #19 of 21
I have also found that their web page is slow to update, has just one subpar webcam and doesn't do a good job with the snow report. Oh well I guess that's what happens when the state government owns the ski mountain!!!

Still looking forward to our trip in mid-December.

Marc
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post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by highpeaksdrifter
Thanks, that's very useful.
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