In 1980 Whiteface Resort hosted many of the mountain events of the Lake Placid Olympics. With the greatest vertical drop in the Northeast and a continued commitment to on-mountain improvements, Whiteface has maintained its reputation as the place for Olympic hopefuls to train and for novice skiers and riders to hone their abilities.
Whiteface offers many options for new skiers and those just hoping to brush up on their technique. The Snowsports School and Kids Kampus provide a safe and friendly place for young and old alike to get accustomed to mountain sports. Of course expert riders won’t be left out in the cold. The resort has 37% of its terrain designated most difficult, as well as The Slides, a special treat for backcountry enthusiasts. A short hike from the top of the Summit Quad brings you to a series of steep chutes that are untouched and unmaintained—this is nature’s backyard as it was meant to be. The Slides are only accessible when ski patrol deems them safe for riders.
The resort also provides a number of terrain parks filled with jibs and jumps, tabletops and rails. First time park users can get up to speed on the beginner park at Kids Kampus. More experienced riders can choose from the Broadway park at the top of the Face Lift Quad or the boarder/ski cross course and mini park on Wolf and Wolf Run (two separate trails). Whiteface Resort features include:
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- 87 named trails
- 12 lifts including one gondola, nine chairlifts and one conveyor lift
- Peak elevation of 4,386 feet
- Multiple family-friendly amenities including Kids Kampus and the Snowsports School
- Broadway Terrain Park