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Whiteface Mountain

Route 86 Wilmington, 12997 us 518-946-2223 website:
Ranked No. 5 overall by readers in our 2010 Resort Guide

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Nov 06, 2008

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200 in

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Many readers think Whiteface is either “cold” or “icy” or “cold and icy.” In fact, it’s hard to believe it’s any worse than the Vermont mountains visible across the lake. Anyway, that’s generally where the complaints end and the praise begins. “Huge mountain,” says one reader. “A wonderful, white, steep rush!” With the East’s longest vert—3,430 feet—Whiteface serves up sustained runs and unspoiled views (no. 7 for Challenge, no. 2 for Scenery). And nearby Lake Placid, the two-time Winter Olympics host, offers an unusual wealth of dining (no. 3) and après (no. 3). But it’s the off-hill activities that really shine, thanks to all those Olympic facilities. “Bobsled ride is a true bucket-list experience,” one reader promises. So put on an extra layer and enjoy a massive mountain, gorgeous scenery and “the best ski town anywhere.” —J.C.

Après Spot » The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery serves delicious craft brews; the Cottage is cozy and lakeside.

Family Activity » The Olympic Passport offers discounted admission to all the Olympic facilities: nordic trails, bobsled, museum, ski jump, etc.

On-Hill Lunch » For a refined, waitstaffed experience, try the J. Lohr bar and café, downstairs in the base lodge.

GO: Where to stay

  • Whiteface Lodge

    The grandeur of an old time camp with the luxury amenities of a modern resort.

  • Golden Arrow Hotel

    A simple hotel with a great view.

  • Mirror Lake Inn

    Good food and hospitable service are the norm here, as are peace and quiet.

Apres: Your guide to eats & drinks

reviews of Whiteface Mountain
My Rating:
Keir Weimer believes Whiteface Mt. should have been ranked #1 resort in the East. Whiteface has a list of features and related amenities that go on ad infinitum, and it truly is the East's premier skiing destination. To list a few of these features that should have propelled this world-class mountain and town to the top of the list: *Largest vertical drop in the East: 3,400 ft. *One of the nicest and most organic ski villages in the country in Lake Placid *Some of the best lodging and dining available from a top skiing destination *Seemingly endless non-skiing activities to engage in when not on the slopes Keir Weimer strongly feels that for these reasons and more, Whiteface Mountain should have been ranked #1, and should be given the respect the mountain and the resort deserve. -Keir Weimer
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