North of Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains, the Whiteface ski area has 80 runs spread across 287 acres that are served by 11 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,430 feet. There there are 54 acres of glades and there are 35 acres of out-of-bounds skiing, known as The Slides. The Slides offer hundreds of feet of vertical treeless sheer rock face that is open weather permitting, but that should not be a problem since this area gets a massive amount of powder.
Keep in mind that you are really on your own when off the groomed runs so be prepared. The glades (aka woods) are very tight and generally not trimmed. It takes a lot of fresh snow to make the woods enjoyable, or even open for that matter. You really do not want to venture down the glades if there is no fresh snow since they will most likely be icy or even closed.
This ski area really needs at least a reported 28 inch base to be worth checking out. Even with 28 inches, there will be bare spots and many exposed ice sections.
Note: Before coming up to this ski area, make sure you are watching trail reports and weather reports for several weeks prior. The more challening runs will be closed if there is not enough snow or it is too icy. Watch the weather reports for warm weather or rain, which could lead to trail closures on cold days.
To reach the snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain Resort from US90, use Exit #24 in Albany. Head north on US87 to Exit #30. Head north on SR9 for 2 miles to SR73 to Keene, and north on SR9N to Jay. Then, you will need to continue west on SR86 to Wilmington / Whiteface.
Whiteface Mountain Resort has a newer peak open called Lookout Mountain accessed by a triple chair. From Lookout Mountain, there are two exceptional trails. First, the new Wilmington Trail is a narrow winding intermediate route down the northside of the ski area. Eventually, the trail will also provide access to glades further down the northside. Second, the experts-only Hoyts High run is a challenging route roughly following the route back down to the lower lift station.
Overall, Whiteface Mountain Resort is the 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 15 snowboarding resorts in New York. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Whiteface Mountain Resort including McCauley Mountain Ski Area, Gore Mountain Ski Area, Snow Ridge Ski Area, West Mountain Ski Area and Oak Mountain Ski Center.
Local Contacts: Whiteface Ski Area (518) 946-2223; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS.
Best Season: Dec. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: The Breakfast Club, Lake Placid
Luxury Loding: Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid (518) 523-2544; White Face Lodge, Lake Placid; Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
Breakfast Restaurant: Downtown Diner, Lake Placid; Chair 6, Lake Placid
Reference Source: click here http://www.whiteface.com/
GPS: 44.353008, -73.861298
Date Published: 1/3/2016
Date Updated: 7/14/2016
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