I'm going to spend 4 days and 3 nights at Whiteface at the end of Feb.
Has anyone ever been there? Tell me some interesting schtuff about the place. The slides look crazy as hell. Are they as steep as the bowls in Colorado and Utah?
Yes, the slides are steep, but without a good dump of snow will probably not be open. Not to worry, check out Empire (steep and narrow), or just arc some turns throught the multiple bends of Excelsior. Whiteface is a big mountain, I'm sure you can find what your're looking for.
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Empire is my favorite trail at Whiteface BUT use your rock skis, because it is so narrow it gets scraped off right away...natural snow only.
If you don't like the cover once you are in it, after a few turns you can duck into the glades on the left (10th Mtn. Div.) where the snow coverage is usually better. You better like it tight, because its real closed in there.
Empire is usuallyl roped off (you can wreck your skis going down it if it's closed), but if it's closed, chances are the glades are in good shape for lack of traffic so if nobody's looking, you might want to enter the glades on the left from the top of Empire (a few turns down).
Posted: Feb 12, 2004 - 9:09 AM GMT
Edited: Feb 12, 2004 - 9:19 AM GMT
One of my favorite (over 100 days there). Empire was open last w/e Feb.7-8 Slides were not. Tends to get wind blown as last Sun and MLK day. You can usually find the right trail if you shop around, even when its living up to it's nickname (ice face). Not only for conditions but temps. It's been tamed a lot with the gondola to little W/F, (third longest lift in N.E.) and facelift HSQ. Enjoy. Ski school director Ed Kriel skis with a group of friends every day. He also owns Goldberrys at the Golden Arrow in Lake Placid and can sometimes be seen playing his accordian and yodeling for his guests . I reccomend it for dinner. Moderately priced W/soup and salad bar. Don't know where your staying, but the Four Seasons Motel/Mels Diner in Wilmington is a good bet. Tell Greg "Bob from Action sent you". Free shuttle hourly to Whiteface and Lake Placid 8-4 pm W/Es and Holidays. 3 miles from the Mtn. No night life, BYOB. PS: I tell the kid on the bus you can't ski Excelsior unless you can tell me why it's named that. Anyone but Russ? Clue who owns Whiteface.
Yea whiteface is pretty awesome. I went in 4th or 5th grade (I'm in 9th now) and I was TERRIFIED riding up the summit quad. The top is a drop off and its wicked scary. How steep is upper skyward? I'm going in the middle March and it'll be great. Here's the top part of skyward.
Posted: Feb 13, 2004 - 8:15 AM GMT
Edited: Feb 13, 2004 - 8:33 AM GMT
Russ had to give the rest a fighting chance.
Miss Da East right on. Just read the bottom of the state flag. I've asked a bunch of W/F employees that question and they had no clue.
Picture of Follies at the lower run out with that nasty side hill. Need to do some blasting. Notice the unload station for Cloudspliter gondola and chair 2 Little W/F below. Views are better up top on Follies.
On the Pic of Skyward from Little W/F notice the shack near the top. Now a patrol station it was the start gate for the mens D/H in 1980.
I like to take first time summiters over to the lip of Skyward and ask them if they would like to try this one or keep going for the steep stuff.? Usually gets an interesting reaction. Then I take them to Follies or Parons.
PS: did you know Parons is named after Bob Paron who was brought in as manager, from Sunapee to get the place ready for the '80 Olympics. He died shortly after and they named that trail for him.