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Whiteface Mountain

Route 86 Wilmington, NY 12997 518-946-2223 website: http://whiteface.com
Check in with the Pumphouse gang, which gathers at the pumphouse between the Niagra and Victoria steeps to grill venison, swill local brew, and plot runs down ungroomed gems like Upper Cloudspin and Empire.

Whiteface Mountain

Reviewed by

Nov 06, 2008

avg. snowfall

200 in

vertical drop

3,166

skiable acres

225

After a prolonged promotional wrestling match, Whiteface has finally wrested the "East's biggest vertical drop" title from Killington. No doubt the resort is counting on this to finally bring the skier visits it deserves. We doubt it will happen. It seems the masses have already decided that Whiteface is too far, too hard, and too cold, which is too damn bad, because it's a fine piece of rock with sustained bumps, trees, and screamers all over the hill. Need a second opinion? Check in with the Pumphouse gang, which gathers at the pumphouse between the Niagra and Victoria steeps to grill venison, swill local brew, and plot runs down ungroomed gems like Upper Cloudspin and Empire.

Adrenaline
When it dumps, slog your boards 15 minutes from the summit to the narrow throat that accesses the thousand-foot ungroomed, cliff-studded slice of backcountry vert known as the Slides.

Accumulation
With a modest 168 inches annually, Whiteface can't claim quantity. But the bitter Adirondack winters ensure that the white stays light.

Apres
The Alpine Cellar (518-523-2180) offers fireside lounging in a chalet atmosphere, a vast array of imported brews, and, on Wednesday nights, the best bratwurst you'll find east of Wisconsin.

Local's Take
"I love pulling into the lot on a powder day and looking up at the Slides. There's nothing else in the East like it. On a good day, it feels like you're skiing out West."

The Vitals

Vertical Drop 3,166 feet
Snowfall 168 inches
Acres 215
Trails 75
Lifts 10
Phone 800-447-5224
Website whiteface.com

 
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