Whiteface Opens T2B in 2022

The first day of a new season is always special. While the quantity and quality of skiing usually isn’t the best, it’s a chance to get back on snow, to reconnect with familiar faces and scenery, and to get back in shape for better days to come.

Whiteface base opening day 2022
Whiteface Opening Day 2022

The first day of the season is even better when it’s before Thanksgiving with really good conditions on 3000 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing.

For me, opening day of the 2022-2023 season at Whiteface came after a hiatus. Still, the tallest ski area in the Northeast remains one of my favorites.

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By the Numbers: Gore’s Adirondack Express

I’m fascinated by lifts and lift technology, so I was excited when GM Mike Pratt offered me the chance to visit Gore Mountain for an update on the new lift, the Adirondack Express 2.

Adirondack-Express-Tower-Heads

As we were driving into the parking lot, we saw all of the new lift parts lined up in the parking lot, ready to go.

The new high speed quad is a bottom drive with the same configuration as the relatively new Burnt Ridge Quad. The motor is 700 horsepower and runs off of 480 volts.

Max design speed for the new lift is 1100 feet per minute (fpm) like the Burnt Ridge Quad and Gondola. While it’s unlikely that it will be run at full speed, it will still be considerably faster than the old lift.

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Easter at Whiteface 2014

At its best, spring skiing means sunny skies, warm temps and light clothing, soft snow, and for those over 21, lots of beer.  However, it also means that the end is near.

Whiteface-Summit

I’m primarily a downstate skier and my home mountains, Mountain Creek and Hunter, are closed.  At this time of year, my options are north. This year my family headed to Whiteface for Easter.

It’s an awesome mountain in the springtime.  With tons of sustained vertical, no cat tracks to get stuck in, and High Peaks views, it doesn’t get any better.  I had an amazing Easter weekend skiing The Face.

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