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Whiteface Mountain opens for the season

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington opened for the season Friday, Nov. 25.

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington opened for the season Friday, Nov. 25. Photo by Andy Flynn.

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Skiers wait in line at the Face Lift chair Friday, Nov. 25 at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington.

— Whiteface Mountain opened for its 54th skiing and riding season on Friday, Nov. 25. Crews began blowing snow on the Olympic mountain Wednesday night, Nov. 16. Snow guns had been covering Upper Valley, Lower Valley and Fox preparing for opening day.

“Crews have done a great job in putting down snow with marginal temperatures,” mountain manager Bruce McCulley said Nov. 23. “Most of our snowmaking has occurred at night, when it’s much colder. We’ve built some great coverage on Upper Valley and Lower Valley and we’re up and ready for opening day.”

Mother Nature also helped out Tuesday night and Wednesday, delivering more than 14-inches of natural snowfall on the Olympic mountain. That means that Upper Valley, Lower Valley and the Fox trails will be open Friday, all serviced by the Face Lift chair. Crews are continuing to blow snow on upper Excelsior and the trail will open conditions permitting.

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Gavin Fritz (foreground on skis) and Josh Boise (far left on a snowboard) — both 13-year-olds from Plattsburgh — make their way down the Fox trail Friday, Nov. 25 at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington.

Nursery and children’s programs are available and will operate from the Kids Kampus Base Lodge. Snowsport School lessons will also be available for skiers and riders intermediate level and above. At this time beginner terrain will not be available opening day. For the most up to date information we urge skiers and riders to check out our daily anticipated conditions report on whiteface.com.

Last season Whiteface was open for 138 days and skiers and riders enjoyed 247 inches of natural snowfall.

For the 19th consecutive year, Whiteface/Lake Placid, N.Y. has been selected as the top destination for Off Hill Activities by readers of SKI Magazine. The 22nd annual survey also tabbed Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, as the fourth top ski resort in the eastern United States. The rankings were announced in the magazine’s October special issue.

For more information about skiing and riding Whiteface and for more information about all of ORDA’s Olympic venues, log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.

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