Whiteface Mountain

Now celebrating its 50th year, Whiteface was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympic alpine skiing events, the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games ski and ride competitions, and remains a yearly stop for World Cup action in mogul skiing and snowboarding. The 2007 reader’s poll in SKI Magazine rated the facility second in the eastern United States.

Whiteface boasts the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies at 3,430 feet. In addition to being a favorite among recreational skiers and snowboarders, all race courses are sanctioned for international competition. There are 76 trails for all levels of skiers and boarders, gladed runs throughout the resort and an out-of-bounds area on the northeast side of the mountain.

In the non-winter months, Whiteface operates as a mountain bike center and hosts a variety of festivals and events. Visitors can enjoy a gondola ride in summer and fall to the summit of Little Whiteface, or drive the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway to the summit of the state’s fifth highest peak. The gondola, installed in November 1999, is an eight-passenger, high-speed lift that covers almost 2,500 vertical feet to the top of Little Whiteface in less than 10 minutes. Today, guests can take a ride year-round for fabulous views of the Adirondack High Peaks.

In the past year, Whiteface has expanded its popular Kids Kampus to accommodate more families, particularly during the holiday periods. Kids Kampus is a separate, self-contained mini-resort with its own lifts, trails, rental shop, snow- sports school, ticketing, restaurant and child care. Yet the area is connected to Whiteface proper by lift, trail and shuttle.

In the future, the mountain will embark on a two-year build-out and create trails on Lookout Mountain. A total of 4.5 miles of additional skiing and boarding will come on-line in the 2008-09 season. Lookout Mountain will be located to the east of the out-of-bounds Slides, and will include three new expert runs, one intermediate route, more glades, snowmaking and a new triple chair.

While this is occurring, mountain management will spearhead additional upgrades in snowmaking, grooming and trail maintenance.