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Whiteface finishes most successful season ever

WILMINGTON Temperatures in the eighties didnt stop skiers from getting one last run down the slopes last weekend. Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington was open until April 20, marking the end of a very long season. The weekend was capped off with a pond skimming event, which attracted 110 participants over double the number that participated in 2007. Trying to ski or snowboard across a pond filled with water at temps in the upper 30s is a crazy end of season event, said Marketing Manager Bridget Hinman. Its freezing! said Camden Reiley, 5, of Saranac, one of the youngest participants in the event his sister, Kaylen, 4, also participating. The event was free to anyone crazy enough to attempt it. Prizes were given out to those that actually skimmed the pond, and there were also categories for best costume and biggest splash. Jeramy Baldwin of Tupper Lake won the biggest splash competition. I just wanted to splash people its all for entertainment, said Baldwin. He added he was already looking forward to next ski season. Hinman said it was a great snow year for the mountain, with 225 inches total, so the resort had a strong base to offer skiers. The nights, still cold in the evening, have preserved the snow. Now that the lifts are closed, we wouldnt be surprised if the intrepid skiers and riders hiked to the upper mountain to continue getting their fix, said Hinman. Hinman said the mountain received a record number of attendees, due to the weather cooperating the entire season. We had excellent snow during the three primary holiday periods as well as during the Canadian Breaks in March thats known as good luck, said Hinman. When the mountain opens for its next season, skiers can look forward to new trails at Lookout Mountain in December. Work is currently underway for a new triple chair access from Easy Street trail, two new trails, snowmaking and glades. Two more expert runs will open for the 2009-2010 season.

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