Sunday, January 3, 2016

Whiteface Mtn: 12/31/2015 and 01/01/2016

Crowded, frozen granular, overcast. On the surface, pretty crappy conditions. Somehow we managed to have a great time.

Whiteface Mountain, New Year's weekend, 12/31/2015 and 01/01/2016.   The Saratoga Skier and Hiker, first-hand accounts of adventures in the Adirondacks and beyond, and Gore Mountain ski blog.

Either the hordes of beginner and low-level intermediates hadn't gotten the message that it's been a difficult start to the ski season, or they decided to come out en masse anyway. With all traffic funneling down to a single route below the mid-mountain lodge, the lower mountain was a killing field.

Ski patrol stayed busy on the Tower 10 hill

But the crowds, the marginal snow conditions and the limited terrain didn't really matter. We ski the east, we can handle ice. We know this mountain, we will find the best skiing. And we did.

Sylvie (pink) and Daniel (gray, orange stripe, downslope) on Victoria

We lapped the Little Whiteface chair to avoid the lower mountain. We skied the soft bumps under the guns on Victoria. We zipped down Essex and Northway when Excelsior was crowded and scraped.

Tele guy lovin' the guns

The snowmaking and grooming crews did their usual great job putting the mountain back together. And with a colder, snowier forecast ahead, their job won't exactly get easier but it will get a lot more productive.

Bottom line: What could be better than being in a place you love, doing the thing you love with the people you love?


  1. Awesome. Love the opening line and the Tower 10 shot. Happy New Year. :)

    1. The thing about that Tower 10 hill is that it's an early season chokepoint. Now that Boreen is open to absorb some of the lower mountain traffic, things should be a lot better. We had a good chuckle watching the carnage from the Face Lift as we headed up for one last run Thursday afternoon. Cheers!