This winter the state-owned Whiteface ski area will debut a new (and as yet un-named) glade on Lookout Mountain. The 1,500 foot long expert glade will be cut half-way down Hoyt’s High and will also connect the Summit Chair lift. The development of the new glade is expected to begin this week. Once completed, the glade will add an additional 4.7 acres to the mountain’s already 283 acres of skiable terrain and 3,430 of vertical, the most vertical east of the Rockies.
This is the first new trail added to Whiteface Mountain since the opening of Lookout Mountain in 2008. Other mountain improvements include the addition of 35 low energy snow guns that will provide efficient snow coverage on Easy Street, Broadway and Excelsior. The mountain has also purchased an energy efficient boom fan snow gun that will be used to cover the mountain’s Lower Valley trail.
A new Pisten Bully 600 Winch Cat has also been added to Whiteface’s fleet of cats and groomers.
Weather permitting the first day of the season is scheduled to begin, Friday, Nov. 29.
After reduced snowfall in the 2011-2012 season, Whiteface posted 195 thousand visitors over 145 days for the 2012-13 season; snowfall totaled 182 inches, 18 inches short of the long-term average.