Whiteface - Lake Placid

5021 NYS Rt. 86, Wilmington , NY (Driving Directions to Whiteface - Lake Placid)
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Whiteface - Lake Placid Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 16 Beginner
  • 33 Intermediate
  • 22 Advanced
  • 3 Expert
Whiteface Lake Placid has the highest elevation in the Northeast, greatest vertical east of the Rockies, and snowmaking on 98% of our terrain. Long cruisers, endless Adirondack vistas, and a separate mountain area for kids and families make Whiteface the complete mountain.

In our place, you get mountains of fun….serious fun. On the mountain it’s stuff of winter ... legends. Off the mountain, well you know we’ve been the top-ranked resort in North America for 15 straight years according to the readers of SKI Magazine.

We have the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies and trails for everyone in your family. This is where the world's best come to train and compete and where kids come to learn and have fun. At the top of Whiteface, spare a moment to take in the views of the surrounding Adirondack peaks of New York. Spot Lake Champlain and Vermont to the east. Breathe deep. Point your skis downhill. Let them go. This is the face of eastern skiing.
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Whiteface - Lake Placid Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available; an extra charge may apply.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Whiteface - Lake Placid Operations

Status

Open for Summer Fun

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 11

Weekday Hours

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Trails Open/Total

0 of 86

Weekend Hours

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Whiteface - Lake Placid Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,220 ft

24-hr Snowfall

0"

Vertical Drop

3,430 ft

Avg Base Depth

0"

Peak Elevation

4,650 ft

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Whiteface - Lake Placid Reviews & Tips (92)

Agree with other reviewers - pack layers and plan for changeable conditions. Sharpen your edges before you go!! Get on the lifts EARLY to catch the best snow before it gets skied off. Skiied 3/13/14 in snow, wind and single digit temps with negative wind chills. So windy they closed the gondola and some lifts. Snow was great, but got blown off many black slopes leaving LOTS of ice, so the best snow was on blues and greens and the shorter, more protected blacks off Mountain Run chair. 3/14/14 had perfect snow and less wind, but still cold so face mask still needed. 3/15 was much warmer with spring skiing conditions at the bottom (40s & mashed potatoes) and winter at the summit with temps in 20s. Ski early, ski hard, then go try a Sorel & Cider at the Cottage on Mirror Lake. Yum!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 17 2014 - 07:47 AM
 
Barbara LKS Advanced Skier
Good powder while we were here. 2 days of skiing, and 2 days of extremely different weather. Day 1 was snowing, and COOOOOOLD. -10 at the summit. Day 2 was sunny, still, and 25 with perfect powder. Midweek is empty. Walk onto every lift, all day. Definitely drop your gear off at the lodge first, then park. There is a shuttle service from the remote lots, but you can walk to and from the lodge 3x before you see a shuttle bus. Not reliable. The lodge is a weird setup, but big enough. The employees were very friendly. Will definitely go back soon!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 08 2014 - 02:28 PM
 
Jason C. Advanced Skier
I enjoyed the skiing, although Whiteface lacks a good long beginner's run. The only one is called "Easy Street" and it's kind of a misnomer, as sections of it are more a blue rather than a green, and unfortunately I was already on it when I saw it had been misrepresented. I really think management needs to differentiate between a course like Easy Street and some of the more genuine beginner's hills like Bear, Gold, etc. I would go again, however, as it was scenic and relatively uncrowded.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 03 2014 - 02:36 PM
 
Philip Dray Beginner Skier
Get there early, I went today and on Sunday, and both days the first few runs were heavenly, then they get skied off and icy. They are doing a good job with the snowmaking, but not always where it is needed. If I go again, I would try to do a half day. They need some snow or something to break up the ice. Hint: MacKenzie had some nice powder and bumps on it today, the trick is figuring how to get to it.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 30 2014 - 02:32 PM
 
Osito Grande Advanced Skier
Whiteface is a COLD mountain. Dress for the elements to enjoy the terrain. Constant wind and gusts from 35-50 mph closed the top of the mountain for my outing. The current snow condition are that they need some. You might be able to use the same gear as the Miracle on Ice hockey team on the mountain. The snow making is doing a great job to make it skiable but there is still ice everywhere. Welcome to east coast skiing The Facilities are great. Nicely updated and good food selections. The trail offerings were diverse enough for all levels of skier within our group.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 29 2014 - 04:57 PM
 
Jeff Advanced Skier
Whiteface is a beautiful and great mountain for all ski levels, especially intermediate and advanced skiers would enjoy a lot. The staff people are friendly. the lifts are fast. since i am a biginner i stayed on green dots (bear, fox). Easy trail on facelift will be little hard for very biginners. For photographers it is a good idea to use lifts and reachout the summits on a clear sky day. The slopes get little icy on extreme cold days, however lot of snow making happen there.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 02 2014 - 05:56 PM
 
manju Beginner Skier
Make sure you go to the top of Lookout Mountain and take the Wilmington Trail. It is a blue trail but I think parts of it should probably be rated black diamond--but since the trail is about 2 miles long with no intersecting trails it is tough to put just one rating on it. There are sometimes "traffic jams" on the steep, narrow sections that may be problematic for intermediate skiers, but the trail is so enjoyable, with many places to stop and enjoy the scenery and views that I would still recommend at least one trip down to see what it is like. I love to ski it from top to bottom as fast as I can (while being careful not to be a danger to others) and I truly enjoy a chance to ski non-stop for a long time.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Apr 01 2013 - 01:55 PM
 
GeorgieB Advanced Skier
Just got back from a family mini Ski/Board vacation. My intermediate boarding partner found the trails to be more advanced then those in Vermont (i.e. blue at whiteface was a black diamond at Stratton) but he liked the challenge. I found the insturctors at WF to be top notch. I enrolled my 5 year old son in a full day Ringlet Park and he had a blast and actually learned! I took a 2 hour group class and Dave my instructor was awesome. I managed to FINALLY figure out how to use my edges with his guidance. My parents took skiing lessons after a 23 year hiatus from snow sports and loved it. The snow got a bit slushy at the base but we were advised that the best snow happens just after Christmas, so we will look to come back closer to that time. All in all, we (4 adults, 12 year old and 5 year old) had a great time with each of our activities. I cant wait to go back after Ive practiced my edging a bit more. I'd love to leave the bunny slope on my next trip! Will def use Liftopia for all my lift tickets needs going into next season. Expensive sports require discount sites...thanks Liftopia.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Apr 01 2013 - 08:46 AM
 
Andrea Beginner Snowboarder
Great fun on my first visit to Whiteface. The trails are interesting and fun, some are quite challenging but nothing crazy difficult either (perfect for my family of long time skiers and riders). Excelsior and Wilmington were great rides -- not real hard, but fast, interesting and fun. Very cool to do the Olympic runs. We were amazed at how great the conditions were at the end of March!!! However, this is not a place I would send a beginner. And the mogul runs were mostly solid ice with piles of snow here and there.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 27 2013 - 02:31 PM
 
Jenny Advanced Skier
Agree about having sharp edges - I went there with horribly dull edges and was sliding all over the place. But a terrific mountain - really a western kind of mountain in the east. And if you haven't been skiing a lot, make sure you are in shape! We will be back again next year.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 27 2013 - 07:40 AM
 
J Iwanski Advanced Skier
Make sure that if you are spring skiing your edges are sharp. I used my old "rock' skis because I did not want to wreck my new skis. Well, unfortunately, I discovered my edges were horribly dull and I almost killed myself on the ice! Whiteface is a great mountain and I was sad that I couldn't full enjoy the experience because of my skis. Next time those edges will be razor sharp!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 19 2013 - 06:57 AM
 
Tburns01 Advanced Skier
My college friends and I have been skiing Whiteface for 15 years on a girls only weekend. We have finally figured out to: rent a house in Lake Placid, use the shuttle so you don't have to worry about parking, choose a weekend in March (no windchill & soft snow), utilize a Super Sunday, use Liftopia tix for Monday, and stop at mid station for a coffee!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 13 2013 - 07:12 PM
 
VTSkierGirl Advanced Skier
Pass redemption was easy. And the Wilderness Inn was awesome for dinner. We can't wait to get back and ski the Wilmington Trail again!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 12 2013 - 08:22 PM
 
Tim Intermediate Skier
Whiteface is the best mountain in NY. When there is fresh powder (8" or more, one or two days prior to your visit) there are no better runs in the Northeast. If you're a intermediate to expert, you'll love it there! Great views from the Gondola and Summit. The lift lines are hardly long even on weekends. Unique with its olympic history and well managed recently.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 04 2013 - 03:19 PM
 
Erico Hessel Advanced Snowboarder
Get there by 8 AM for a good parking spot. The morning snow was much better than the afternoon;it got a little icy at the top and slushy at the bottom. It was our first experience skiing the east coast and the first time at Whiteface. Overall, we really enjoyed our time but still like skiing the Rockies better. Thanks Liftopia for the discount.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 02 2013 - 10:14 AM
 
Tammy Intermediate Skier
Great hill to ride... lots of good terrain and good long runs. Had great weather on the second day with lots of sun and great conditions. First day was a bit cloudy but still good to ride. However, the lifts to the top need to be updated. Why use 1960's technology when they could have 2 high speed quads to service both the Summit and Wilmington trails. I found out from the locals that the Wilmington trail lift was replace 3 years ago, with a new, slow lift. Why? Oh yeah, it's a State funded park. That's what happens when the government is involved. However, I think if you ask the locals, that's what keeps alot of people away so they like it that way. Regardless, it's a great hill and on a nice calm day with no wind, the slow lifts are actually quite nice. Cloudspin lounge was nice as well however was ruined by the waitress. Didn't go back the next day instead got the food at the cafeteria, which is very nice.. What's with waitress who act rude, don't they know they are working for tips. First time ever I never left a tip, that's how bad she was. Also, watch out for the ZZtop looking dude with the one piece snowsuit that most likely hasn't been washed since he bought it 30 years ago... He nearly took me out 3 times and he skis on the edge and out of control. I think his brother operates the Facelift as well so wasn't going to get into it with him... :-) Might not have made it out safely. Regardless of that... it's a great hill, laid out very nicely for progressing to the next level and I'll be back.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 28 2013 - 08:39 AM
 
Brendan Advanced Snowboarder
What a beautiful mountain to ski. If your an expert stay at the top of the summit and little whiteface, if your a beginner to intermediate stay on the bottom. Very well laid out with short lift lines on the top all day, even on a Sunday. This mountain needs to be retrofitted with new up to date everything and should be expanded, ownership should look into expansion and especially a resort on site. This mountain is underachieving most definitely, but a great ski! I would go back tomorrow!!!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 13 2013 - 07:02 AM
 
Dave Advanced Skier
get there early
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 11 2013 - 02:11 PM
 
rusty Advanced Skier
Glad I used liftopia for a discounted ticket, especially since Whiteface charged full price for a day ticket , with only 1/3rd of the mountain available to get to by operating lifts or terrain to ski on. Thanks to paying 21% less for the ticket, helped lift the spirt on a disappointing day.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 03 2013 - 05:30 PM
 
sheryl Advanced Skier
Conditions really fast close to the top; could have used some more manmade snow & better grooming. Thank Heavens Gondola was open; otherwise cold was hard to take. Slow lifts make you wonder how they moved so many people for the Olympics, but that was 33 years ago! Time to join the Modern Age & speed up a chairlift or five! Vertical & pitch very nice, views breathtaking! Little bit overpriced, but what isn't these days.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 27 2013 - 04:08 PM
 
TedC Advanced Skier
Lots of ice so check the weather forecast. They have plenty of snow guns too. The lifts are old and outdated just like the entire complex but the staff is super nice and helpful. The diamonds are actually pretty challenging, which is nice. Wouldn't recommend for beginners but if you know what you're doing it's some of the best skiing on the east coast.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 20 2013 - 05:31 PM
 
magda wybieralska Advanced Skier
Nice verticals to ski, mediocre pricy food at best, no highspeed lifts to the top. Mountain needs knew management with new ideas. Has a lot of potential but stagnates in the 1970's. Expensive ski lift fix for what you get. Ski patrol doesn't come down harsh on hi-speed uncontrolled boarders. Children beware! I see near misses every day I'm there.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 07 2013 - 02:16 PM
 
James Intermediate Skier
Been skiing at Whiteface about ten years now. I wouldn't recommend the summit and even little Whiteface if you're a novice, but for the well-prepared intermediate and advanced skier, Whiteface has an abundance of good terrain. Try to plan your day wisely (read: buy tickets at the last minute) because if there hasn't been snow in the previous three days, you'll be running into some serious ice. They call it Iceface for a reason. Skiers from elsewhere on the east coast beware, Whiteface's diamonds tend to be more challenging than elsewhere.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 06 2013 - 02:51 PM
 
A Marchand Advanced Skier
Be prepared for extreme cold! The falling thermometer made the snow so squeaky that edging was more critical! But a lotta fun !!! Too early in the season for the Slides, but amazing snow for New Years week, nonetheless!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 05 2013 - 10:03 PM
 
Lee Garner Advanced Skier
Go on a wednesday, it is the coca cola promotion at 42 $ if you bring a coca product (half price). Stay in Lake Placid, it is a nice village. the Crowne Plaza hotel was perfect for us with a fireplace and a kitchenette.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 04 2013 - 09:11 PM
 
Julie Intermediate Skier
I've been skiing Whiteface for almost 20 years, and the most important thing is to choose your trails wisely depending on what level you are. Some of the trails are very difficult and no one wins if you get up there and have to slide sideways all the way down. Also, get there before 8:30 a.m. when lifts open, powder is scarce so it'll be very worth your time to be one of the first people on the trails.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Dec 27 2012 - 07:45 AM
 
Svetlana Advanced Skier
When there's fresh powder there's no better runs in the Northeast, but the mountain is prone to get icy when it's all man made snow. Whiteface is geared more towards the intermediate to advanced skier/snowboarder, but there is enough variety to please everyone.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Sep 20 2012 - 07:19 AM
 
Brandon Intermediate Skier
Was there 3/17 & 3/18. Really warm weather. They closed Lookout mountain as of 3/18. Spring conditions, like skiing in mashed potatoes, exposed rock. Will definitely go back next season and pray for better conditions!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 22 2012 - 11:24 AM
 
Regina Intermediate Skier
Whiteface was awesome!! Three days of drastically different skiing - Negative temps., a nice sunny day and also spring skiing in a 3 day span. Did get a little icy first day. Good layout, easy to read, good assortment of levels. Liftopia saved us a ton, and Wednesday is Coke day, more great savings, almost made this trip affordable!! Staff was pretty nice, but not very energetic or upbeat. My daughter's boyfriend's skis flew out of the Gondola (was really windy and they are Armada's) their attitude was kind of blase' about the whole thing and we couldn't get any real answers on what they were going to do. They did end up sending a cat up to get them as they were out of bounds and there was no real way to get to them. The problem was no one explained how or when they might get them and didn't seem too concerned. Otherwise great trip!!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 13 2012 - 05:53 PM
 
Shari M. Intermediate Skier
Against all bad weather odds, Whiteface Staff kept the slopes enjoyable. Had an awesome "spring ski" day March 14, and more are to come. And you cannot find a better "apre ski" than being on the upper lounge deck at 4 P.M.!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 12 2012 - 06:50 AM
 
Cate Smith Intermediate Skier
Je ne le souhaite à personne mais le service de patrouilleurs est excellent et rapide. Ma fille en a profité (quoiqu'elle aurait préféré skier!) Merci à la patrouille et au service médical au bas des pentes
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 09 2012 - 03:08 PM
 
rachel lamontagne Intermediate Skier
Don't tell anyone else about Whiteface. I like it just the way it is. Liftopia was great (even changed a ticket for us)
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 04 2012 - 09:18 AM
 
Gerry Buy Advanced Skier
Thanks Liftopia for the great lift ticket deal! We skied Thursday March 1 and it was great. No news on any lift at all. Conditions were really good considering there has been no natural snow this year. Some icy spots but there aways are at this mountain. I used the bag check for the first time here which was convenient. However it was $4 for all day and you can access your bag whenever you want. Other mountains offer this service for free, but it was better than a locker because the baskets were bigger. Can't wait to go again next year.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 04 2012 - 05:54 AM
 
Diane Intermediate Skier
Conditions have been the best I have seen in years .The snow makers have out done them selves. Tip.- Watch the weather they frequently have to shut down most of the lifts for winds .Sucks to get there early pay $190 for NON REFUNDABLE tickets and sit there half the day and hope they start the lifts. If they predict any winds over 8 mph b eprepared. I would be nice if liftopia had some way to give credit when you are unable to ski.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 02 2012 - 07:54 AM
 
Fred Advanced Skier
We got our tickets on line (great savings and very easy). We only skied Sunday 2/19, it was absolutely wonderful. We brought our 3 kids, this was their first time at Whiteface ages, 9 and twins 7 years old. They have been skiing for two years. We didn't visit the kid zone. We went right up the Quad lift then the Gondola. They did great and loved every minute of it. We got there at 8:30 and skied until 1 pm. Our last run was icy. Everyone was so friendly! Loved the views and got some great shots of the kids skiing. Most definitely coming back next year!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 21 2012 - 04:06 PM
 
Lara Intermediate Skier
Ski'd for three days with my wife 2-12-thru 2-14. Saved big time using liftopia. The skiing was great each day for the first two hours then the ice conditions....well.... Because this has been a bad snow year (for the whole freakin continent) there were no lines Sunday, Mon and Tues. We want to come back again. There is a challenge for ever level of skier. Plenty of runs for the intermediate guys plus the diamonds....wow! The kick was worth every penny. The folks that run the place are friendly and helpful. This is a must visit place for everybody......The gondola ride was worth the lift ticket...the view and talkin to the folks on the ride were priceless. We are from Michigan....10 hour drive....but the 20 minute runs were what we dreamed they would be......had to stop an smell the roses each time down.....wow the views were something else. You folks out east got a gem here.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 15 2012 - 05:50 PM
 
eric Intermediate Skier
Ski'd for three days with my wife 2-12-thru 2-14. Saved big time using liftopia. The skiing was great each day for the first two hours then the ice conditions....well.... Because this has been a bad snow year (for the whole freakin continent) there were no lines Sunday, Mon and Tues. We want to come back again. There is a challenge for ever level of skier. Plenty of runs for the intermediate guys plus the diamonds....wow! The kick was worth every penny. The folks that run the place are friendly and helpful. This is a must visit place for everybody......The gondola ride was worth the lift ticket...the view and talkin to the folks on the ride were priceless. We are from Michigan....10 hour drive....but the 20 minute runs were what we dreamed they would be......had to stop an smell the roses each time down.....wow the views were something else. You folks out east got a gem here.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 15 2012 - 05:49 PM
 
eric Intermediate Skier
Beautiful place! Went for a 4 day trip with friends and everyone had a great time. Only downfall was the runs got REALLY icey towards late morning/noon which made it not very enjoyable at times. Other then that I have no complaints! I would definately go back again when they have more fresh powder.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 14 2012 - 05:47 PM
 
MSM Advanced Snowboarder
just spent the last three days at Whiteface - consideriung the lack of natural snow, the conditions were great as the snowmakers and groomers are doing a fantastic job - had total sunshine all three days which made visibility obviously excellent - was able to ski until 1:30 all three days before the grooming was skiied off - the summit chair was skiied off by 12:00 but the Wilmington 2 1/2 mile advanced blue trail was awesome all day - absolutely no crowds on the weekdays - never had to wait except for the opening of the gondola for 3 minutes
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 09 2012 - 10:58 AM
 
art Intermediate Skier
Just spent the Last 3 Days on this Magnifcent Mountain. Ski It As early as Possible It is not called Iceface for nothing and once the crowds arrive and expose all the cover Razor blades can,t Help you cut and edge .With that said Midweek was awesome Mon and Tue they got 8 of frshies and you have the whole mountain to yourself.If you ski and don,t ski here your not sjiing at all
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 31 2012 - 04:38 PM
 
Glenn Advanced Skier
This was my first trip to Whiteface and it was absolutely positively awesome! The people at guest services were super nice and helpful and so were the other folks just skiing there. My tip though would be to sharpen your edges before you go. The day I went was not very icy, meaning the boiler plate was staying at bay, however conditions were getting firmer as the day went on. I quit at about 1:30, started at 9. I would suggest skiing as early as you can here. I know that's true for many mountains but this one in particular. Also try Aki sushi in Lake Placid if that's your thing! It was excellent and a great atmosphere.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 18 2012 - 03:08 PM
 
Dante Fonze Advanced Skier
definately get the beginner package if you dont know what your doing. i didnt, and i wound up paying 99 for a 2 day tix, then 43 for a lesson, and i had my own board... where i could have payed 90 and gotten 2 lessons and rentals included. the rentals they had here weren't even real crappy like some places offer./ this mountain was beautiful and surprisingly there weren't that many people when we were there tues and wed (jan 10-11th) wednesday they do coke can deal for lift tickets which was pretty cheap. the people who operated the lifts were friendly and chatty with us and the instructer for my group lesson was awesome, because it wasnt real crowded the lesson i was in only had one other person in it, but if you do take lesson get there early, because lessons are at 10am or 1pm and the 10am ones are less full i think. come early so you actually get an instructor tho because after my lesson started a group of 10 people came and wanted one but the instructors had already left because they were not needed and thoes people had to wait for them to come back and it waisted time for their lesson
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 16 2012 - 11:34 AM
 
j Beginner Snowboarder
If you plan to ski more than one day, you can store your skiis at the mountain for only 5 bucks.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 14 2012 - 08:21 PM
 
aMY Intermediate Skier
really liked getting my tickets thru liftopia, no hassle just walked up to the ticket window with my confirmation and done deal conditions went from worst to better thanks mother nature, even today colder than a well you know we great time riding, yesterday with the storm and no vis with the dumping they closed the top of the mtn but heel who can complain about dumping snow??
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 14 2012 - 02:29 PM
 
Douglas Whitney Advanced Snowboarder
Great deal in ski pass No need to wait in line Extremely convenient We love to ski in lake Placid. Snow is super, ski slopes are awesome A lot to choose from even if you are a beginner. View of the mountains are beautiful
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 12 2012 - 12:35 PM
 
Joanna Intermediate Skier
TO MAKE IT TO THE TOP AND HAVE A GREAT TMME skiing alll the way down. and do it so many more times.I LOVE TO SKI AT WHIE FACE. MOUNTAIN HAVE A NICE HOILDAY,
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Dec 19 2011 - 05:57 PM
 
E T BETRUS Advanced Skier
Went up there recently 3/30 and 4/7 (midweek). Slides were open. No lift lines, trails are deserted. Even this late in the season close-to-perfect conditions. Best mountain on the East Coast. The $24 deal from Liftopia on my last trip was unbeatable. Too bad the season is coming to an end.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Apr 10 2011 - 07:47 AM
 
GK Advanced Skier
Our most recent trip was March 31-April 1. Snow conditions were great. Based on parking lot and the lifts, there were at most 75 people on the hill. The whole mountain is open, Liftopia mid week tix are almost free and you have the best mountain in the east to yourself. Just go!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Apr 03 2011 - 08:01 PM
 
Andrew Advanced Skier
Our trip to Whiteface over Ontario's March break was great. Skied for 3 days. First day was a sunday and Whiteface ran a discount day. It was busy howeever the lines moved quickly and tere was lots of room on the hill. Found Whiteace to be much more challenging the Mont Tremlant however less runs.Vacation was closer cheaper and more challenging.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 25 2011 - 08:09 AM
 
Dave Advanced Skier
If it's been below 20 degrees F the previous night, bring freshly sharpened ski's if you expect to enjoy skiing this hill competently. Great views of the High Peaks on sunny days.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 23 2011 - 04:06 PM
 
Tim Advanced Skier
We, (two adults and three children), just got back from Whiteface. Conditions were great making for a fantastic trip. We used the two of three day pack and saved about $135. We'll use liftopia again next season. My only regret is that I didn't find liftopia sooner.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 20 2011 - 05:21 PM
 
Pablo Intermediate Skier
I had a fun time skiing with my two boys during their March break holidays. Whiteface had great spring skiing conditions and short lineups. Lunch at Boule's Bistro was especially good for a ski hill. The boys especially liked the Slides area which I hear doesn't open too often. Liftopia saved us some money on lift tickets, as did the Wednesday Coca Cola deal. We'll be back for sure.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 19 2011 - 08:11 PM
 
Bill Intermediate Skier
Great mountain (esp. compared to Ontario!). Fantastic snow, beautiful views, good variety of runs for all levels of skier (my advanced-beginner/intermediate kids had no problem on any of the blue runs, although they were more like the black diamonds at our regular hill). Almost no lift lines. And perfect weather. Liftopia was a good deal (also better than Ontario!). Can't wait to come back.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 18 2011 - 08:17 AM
 
Kate Advanced Skier
(Skied March 10) Love the mountain for its varied terrain, high vertical drop, and short lift lines. Some very affordable lodging can be found in Lake Placid for a guy trip and the drive up from PA is easy and usually no traffic. The only drawback to the resort is their tenancy not to open lifts (i.e. the summit chair) if it is not busy enough.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 12 2011 - 07:43 PM
 
Jon Advanced Skier
Dress up for the weather. Be prepared coz it is really cold! Make sure you have a hand warmer and toe warm handy. I will definitely come back.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 08 2011 - 06:58 PM
 
Amy ivory Intermediate Snowboarder
Just go there and be prepared for any sorto fo weather or snow condition and you will not be disappointed. I was just there for 5 days and started out with rain one whole day and later that week had two days that began below zero. The ski programs for kids are excellent. My boy began there at age 4 and has had a week of lessons there once each year for the past three years. At the end of this week he was skiing every trail, and I mean EVERY trail, as balck as you can get, with confidence and having fun. I loved it and I am willing to put up with the fact that you can never predict the conditions.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 06 2011 - 07:25 PM
 
GeorgieB Advanced Skier
Skied Whiteface Sunday the 27th and Tuesday the first. Crowds not bad either day and lines were minimal. Icy, packed conditions made it challenging and fast. Views from Lookout and Summit are awesome. It was convenient to use the drop-off area instead of opting to park/walk from the lots.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 05 2011 - 07:24 AM
 
Annie Intermediate Skier
Don Cherry should stick to hockey. I skied the same Sun - Tues (2/27 - 3/1). Sunday was great - fresh snow, mogul / tree skiing. Monday rain was a bummer but gondola made in bearable. Tuesday solidified my reasons why I haven't skied in VT or NY for 20 years and only ski out West (Utah), my son asked which run should we go on "the crowded one or the icy one"
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 03 2011 - 03:14 PM
 
Bernie Parent Advanced Skier
Skied Sun thru Tues, even some skied Monday in the rain. They said the snow held up great during the all day rain. Tuesday was a great day. Sunday seemed liked every run was a mogul run - all bumped up, either from the crowed for the Empire State games, or they hadn't groomed for Sunday, but not sure about that. Too many lifts were not operating - why is this? I love Whiteface and go there 2-3 times per season for 3 days at a time.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Mar 03 2011 - 07:29 AM
 
Don Cherry Advanced Skier
Prez week was awesome, skied every day, best day was during the snow storm. Very short lines. Kids (and wife) absolutely LOVED the kidz program. Tip #1, park up at the kidz lodge, much easier parking. Yes you do have to waste time on the kidz lift but the lodge is so much less buzzy. Tip #2. The blues are much more interesting (harder) than most other places. It looks steep but there are some seriously wide and nice runs. Tip #3. As anywhere, get there early. I got the family to the mountain at 8am every day. Then we got great runs for an hour, had the mountain mostly to ourselves, my intermediate loved this time of the day and got much more confidence before the hordes arrived. We got back to the pool early and beat the crows there also. Tip #F The Boule cafe at mid mountain was never crowded and had better food at the same prices. The base cafe had amazing food cheap and waitress service. Totally better than the cafeteria. The Cabernet was lovely. Stayed at the Mariott, out of town so we had to drive in every evening but lovely, and good breakfasts. Very nice room. We all would stay there again for sure.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 28 2011 - 05:21 AM
 
Dave and Family Advanced Skier
We skied/rode Whiteface during Prez week - not terrible. Lines moved quickly despite the holiday. Most trails were hardpack with ice (until the snow storm the day we left!), very scratchy but locals love it and heard these were very good conditions by their standards. It is a fun and challanging mountain, but Killington has much more skiing terrain, and much more choice.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 26 2011 - 03:45 PM
 
Donna Intermediate Skier
I thought Whiteface was not only beautiful but a fresh new experience. Although it was a holiday (President's Day) and there were crowds, it was never unbearable, the way a place like Mt. Snow in Vt. would get. All lifts were operating, the gondola was great! The conditions were wonderful, albiet a few icy spots, but so much terrain, the Wilmington trail was sweet. I would definatly come back, hoping to be there for some spring skiing.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 23 2011 - 02:21 PM
 
Carrie Intermediate Skier
It had nothing to do with the tickets but it was my first time ever skiing at Whitefcae and I will not be hurrying to ski there again. I hva enever skied a Mountain that was so icey ven in my home state of Pennsylvania. The locals evidently have a nickname of this Mountain and call it IceFace which is more accurate. I have never been at a Mountain where it was so difficult to get people up from the bottom ov the mountain to the top and there were the normal Weekend crowds but everyday even Thurdsay they had more than one or two lifts closed most of the day and on Saturday the Gondola and The Summitt Quad was closed almost all day which made it brutal. I will stick to many of the alternate and in most cases closer alternatives in Vermont
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 22 2011 - 11:46 AM
 
John Intermediate Skier
We had a Blast and the snow was terrific. Liftopia saved us dollars and my wife spent it at the stores.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 22 2011 - 07:48 AM
 
skiontario Intermediate Skier
Liftopia saved me over $100.00 on our lift tickets and the Mountain was awesome. My Family loved the Wilmington Trail. We expected a long cruiser ,but it had a lot of drops and curves. Snow was so good we went down most of the Blacks and my younger kids loved the ski school. We will come back.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 21 2011 - 04:49 PM
 
Eddie Intermediate Snowboarder
Fantastic - liftopia had a great price for lifts. Stayed at the high peaks resort in placid. Going mid week meant we could ski top to bottom with no lift lines. Take the gondola at 8:30, run back to the bottom, repeat and cross over to the summit quad at 9:30 to ski upper skyward when it opens. Dress well even if the forecast is good as it can get cold in a moment. So far I've always experienced great conditions.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 19 2011 - 04:45 PM
 
dave Advanced Skier
It was a perfect Valentine's weekend. I spent the day at Whiteface, and my valentine spent the day at the spa. There was plenty of snow, the lines were short, and the trails were fun to ride. There is a good variety of terrain too. This was my first, but not my last trip to Placid and Whiteface.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 17 2011 - 10:47 AM
 
Bachaloowa Advanced Snowboarder
Whiteface is a great mountain but only if you are a very advanced intermediate. Otherwise can't imagine you enjoying. I loved it....and would never go to Killington again when Whiteface is a similiar drive and far superior.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 15 2011 - 02:19 PM
 
Ryan Advanced Snowboarder
just rode whiteface this past weekend and it was a dream come true. I guess I just timed it right because it was snowing and there was a ton of fresh powder around the trails. Just watch out for the middle of the trails as the snow plows (noob snowboarders) pushed away the snow and left ice in some spots. the summit was closed saturday for wind, but opened on sunday. GORGEOUS.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 14 2011 - 02:10 PM
 
Justin Advanced Snowboarder
great trails, lines were pretty short, would highly recommend
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 14 2011 - 02:08 PM
 
Ten-Seng Guh Beginner Snowboarder
This is the best mountain on the east coast, hands down! If you're a high intermediate to expert, you'll love it here! Great Gondola and lift lines are never crazy even on holidays. Add the awesomeness of Lake Placid, and every skier should go here at least once.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 10 2011 - 10:09 PM
 
Dundey Advanced Skier
58 cm of new snow in the Feb. 2 storm, arrived Feb. 3 in blue skies and calm wind, but the main (Summit) lift was closed, 4th day in a row. But as compensation they ran a catski to the summit, no extra charge. Easily a 30 minute wait though, and they told everybody to ski down the same trail (cloudspin) so my dreams of skiing in knee deep powder did not happen there - but several glades did provide that! However all that snow offered no protection against rock damage, because there was no base layer even now in February, and one extra mean rock damaged my ski, despite being the most cautious "don't hit rocks" type of skier.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 05 2011 - 02:36 PM
 
JG Advanced Skier
great skiing but beware the black diamonds are not just single black some are pretty scary :)and some don't tell you there are moguls but go slow and you can do anything
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 04 2011 - 06:42 PM
 
Kim Intermediate Skier
no worries about buying these tickets its as easy as showing your printout and you are on your way no need to give any further info great site
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 04 2011 - 06:39 PM
 
Kim Cunningham Intermediate Skier
First time skiing at a "real" East Coast mountain. I would steer clear of Wilmington trail if you are an intermediate skier especially towards the end of the day when the trail gets bumpier. There are some really steep sections to this trail.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 02 2011 - 12:01 PM
 
Doug Intermediate Skier
This was my first time to Whiteface and it's as close as I've been to West Coast skiing as I've seen this side of the Rockies. I went there on a Sunday in January and the lines were short and moved quickly. The snow wasn't too icy but could hardly be called powder either. I was disappointed that the Summit was closed. The more intermediate timed course was fun.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 01 2011 - 02:17 PM
 
Uy Advanced Skier
We skied Whiteface on a weekend, but hardly ever stood in line for more than a few minutes... might have had something to do with the high temp being 2 degrees that day. The gondola was a life-saver. Watch out for changing conditions on this mountain. They were making snow on some of the hills while they were open, and it was easy to ski from zero visibility and ice at the summit down into a white-out on a hill full of moguls you can't avoid. The snow-making really added to the chill, we wished they'd have stuck to only making snow at night. We really enjoyed the beautiful long blue run, Wilmington. We would have tried more runs from the summit had it been less windy, cold, and easier to see.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 30 2011 - 03:34 PM
 
Christina Intermediate Skier
nice place to ski, been skiing for a while, like to go midweek, with very little, to no wait in any lift up to the slopes, heard not to leave things lying around as as a few people said, had things stolen.....so watch your belongings....nice long runs and with snow this place rocks, for sure....
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 25 2011 - 06:59 AM
 
skibear Advanced Skier
Fantastic skiing and staff is great. Prices on everything high but the mountain is worth it. Good mix of powder and groomed, summit area is truly for skiers, I'd avoid if I were a snowboarder.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 24 2011 - 02:46 PM
 
Sebastian Advanced Skier
Two days at Whiteface and somehow we had perfect conditions both days! The trails go on forever..if you like blue cruisers, try Excelsior to Lower Northway to Upper and Lower Valley. One warning: don't try to ski above your level here..and just because it says its a blue trail doesnt always mean it. Some blues were harder than others.. Overall, an amazing place..
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 20 2011 - 08:52 PM
 
Jim Intermediate Skier
Don't go. Staff is amazingly friendly and helpful, but this about the only good thing I can say. Price of ticket is like in Colorado, yet in 4 days they did not make snow. If I want to water ski I will buy a boat. My brand new Head are so scratched my heart bleeds. Never again.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 18 2011 - 05:42 PM
 
Stefan Kirov Beginner Skier
Great conditions! Had an amazing ski day this past weekend. Make sure you grab a bread bowl soup on the mountain and always stop by the Great Steak & Seafood restaurant in town.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 17 2011 - 07:36 PM
 
Kevin M Intermediate Skier
Was at whiteface for the first time last week and i really enjoyed it, i would recommend it to anyone. Great riding, friendly staff and pretty much no lineups on friday.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 17 2011 - 04:57 PM
 
Sebastien Intermediate Snowboarder
Wind is common so make sure you look at the weather/snow report before you buy. Upper quad was closed the day I went but still a great price for the terrain that was open. Also a good price reduction off walk-up ticket window price considering the risk of buying in advance without a possible refund. Thanks Liftopia.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 16 2011 - 04:31 PM
 
Gideon Advanced Skier
check for winds bought ticket and gondla was closed , then at 11am quad closed and NO refunds , and lots a ice . So bring your ice skates, and money for the bar.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 11 2011 - 02:44 PM
 
steve Advanced Snowboarder
Day one was awesome but a bit icey. Day 2 Crap conditions and the gondola was closed due to the high winds (which is when you really want it because you freeze). Overall amazing mountain when the conditions are right.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 11 2011 - 02:12 PM
 
Nicole J Intermediate Skier
Tried skiing for the first time at this mountain. Took advantage of the Beginners Package (rentals, 2 hour lesson, lift ticket). My group lesson's instructor was extremely knowledgeable but I had to probe for additional guidance. Two-hour lesson was in a small group.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 10 2011 - 04:01 PM
 
K.B. Beginner Skier
Great Mountian with the right conditions, good job grooming,great terrain.. to many races though that close way to many trails that people are paying to ski
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 07 2011 - 07:09 AM
 
FischerDog Advanced Skier
Although I know it has been a tough season for ski resorts this season, Whiteface had the worst conditions I have ever snowboarded on. Fell multiple times due to entire ice coverage in some cases, and if there wasn't ice, I was dodging dirt and rock patches left and right. I will wait till I hear about a snowstorm before I come back here.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Jan 04 2011 - 03:24 PM
 
Dillinger Advanced Snowboarder
Whiteface has good slopes and friendly staff. There was a good amount of snow. We had a great time!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Dec 29 2010 - 09:02 AM
 
Talgat Advanced Skier
Lake Placid is my Home away from Home.
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Dec 29 2010 - 03:08 AM
 
Gayle Goodenough Intermediate Skier
whiteface is my local hill. i love it!
Whiteface - Lake Placid review written Feb 28 2010 - 09:57 PM
 
megan newhardt Advanced Skier

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