Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort and Mount Van Hoevenberg are slated to open for the season today, the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority said on Wednesday.
Whiteface Mountain will open to more than three kilometers of land, spanning 30 acres, according to ORDA. Skiers will have access to five trails via the Face Lift chair and the Cloudsplitter gondola to the Excelsior, Summit Express, Upper Valley, Lower Valley and Fox trails.
“We’re excited to show off our latest improvements to the lifts, lodges and snow coverage, and we can’t wait to see our skiers and runners. “ Whiteface Mountain chief executive Aaron Kellett said in a statement.
ORDA updated Whiteface’s snowmaking system, replaced the Bear Lift with a new quad out of the base area, and completed all remaining work on the new middle station, which the authority now calls the “Legacy Lodge.” The original mid-station burned down in 2019. The new mid-station was open to the public last season, but it was not yet fully completed.
The official mascot of the FISU Lake Placid 2023 World University Games, “Adirondack Mac”, tour Whiteface Mountain from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., pose for photos and greet skiers and runners at Base Lodge, at the base of the Cloudsplitter Gondola and Face Lift chair, and at the top of Little Whiteface.
ORDA also plans to open more than 2 kilometers of land at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The new Nordic facility has a new climbing wall, waxing rooms, lockers, RFID gates. The new Mountain Pass Lodge will also be open, as it has been for a few months.
“After a successful 2020/21 season, we look forward to sharing our site and our world-class cross-country ski trails this winter,” Mt. Van Hoevenberg general manager Rebecca Dayton said in a statement.
Two other ORDA-managed ski areas, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Belleayre in the Catskills, will also open for the season this week.
Adirondack Mac will visit Gore Mountain on Saturday at 10:30 am
Information on tickets and season passes is available at whiteface.com and mtvanhoevenberg.com.