I had a blast on my first day out skiing at Whiteface, just minutes from Lake Placid. I hit the slopes with my sister, Stephanie, and enjoyed the mountain. Natural snow covered the trees on top of little Whiteface and pelted are faces all day.
The guns were blowing and producing some great powder skiing for us. I am happy to report that the conditions were excellent for cruising. Long ago are the days of Ice Face, especially with the new technology we find in snowmaking and grooming.
Fortunately, we skiers and boarders will not have to rely on Mother Nature to provide enough snow to cover Whiteface Mountains Hoyts High Trail, found in the new expansion area of Lookout Mountain. Snowmaking piping along the 4,700 foot long expert trail has now been installed.
Named in honor of Whiteface veteran ski patroller Jim Hoyt Sr., Hoyts High was cut in 2008. This trail promises to be an exciting mild-expert run, great for cruising when groomed or excellent for hitting the moguls when bumped up.
Adding snowmaking to Hoyts High Trail is one of several projects and improvements that have been met for the 2012-13 ski season at Whiteface. Noteworthy, the mountain has purchased a new Pistenbully 600W groomer and several more new low-energy snowmaking guns, most evident on the bottom of Lower Valley.
When skiers and boarders are off Whitefaces 86 trails and 3,430 of vertical, they can refresh at the newly renovated Base Camp Caf and Cloudspin Lounge, both located in the mountains base lodge. Partnering with Centerplate, the Base Lodge Caf has a new look to go along with new menus and food choices. Other areas of the food court include the Firepit Grill, the Lean-To Deli, and the Backcountry Soups and Chili. The Cloudspin Lounge will remain a favorite apres ski spot with a newly expanded bar area and pub-like atmosphere.
Notably, SnowEast Magazine readers tabbed Whiteface/Lake Placid as the easts number-one ski village destination and New York States top ski resort. The mountain also received top honors for most scenic.