- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 5
Pros: Challenging terrain, great snow making, variety
Cons: Wind and weather and can be a real challenge
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2009
There is a saying that when Whiteface is good, it's very good. When it's bad, it is very bad. Fortunately, contrary to a previous reviewer, the skiing at Whiteface is excellent MOST of the time. As any ski resort will attest, you are at the mercy of mother nature. Whiteface Mountain is no exception.
I have skied at whiteface for over 45 years. It is my favorite mountain. It has challenging terrain, easy groomers, a lot of variety and the biggest vertical drop in the east. Because of it's location next to Lake Champlain, it does get it's fair share of snow but at the same time it is susceptible to some strong winds. Fortunately, this only happens a few times a year but when it does, be prepared for extreme conditions. Trail conditions can change by the hour. Know your ability and experience.
The Lookout Mountain Chair adds new terrain to Whiteface this year. So far, 2 new trails are open including the 2.5 mile intermediate "Wilmington Trail" and a short but steep trail called "Lookout Below".
The Kid's Kampus is a wonderful area for kids and beginner skiers. I has it's own lodge and is away from, but connected to the main ski area.The main ski lodge at the base of the Gondola, is the main jumping off point for the entire mountain. There is a large cafeteria, coffee shop, rental shop, ski school, lift tickets, ski patrol and the Cloudsplitter Lounge.There is plenty of room to store your ski bags for the day and does have a check-in storage area for your ski bag if you prefer.
Not only is the skiing excellent at Whiteface Mountain but its neighbor, the Village of Lake Placid, is the perfect setting to spend your winter vacation. Home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, this town has it all. You can catch a hockey game, watch a figure skating event, maybe go to the movies, or a concert, shop until t you drop or just have have a great dinner . Lake Placid is vibrant little town that has a lot to like even if you don't ski.
Favorite Lodging: Mirror Lake Inn, Golden Arrow
Favorite Restaurants: Chair 6 (breakfast), The Cottage (lunch), Caribbean Cowboy or The Fireside (dinner)