August 14, 2013

Whiteface to add new glade trail

WILMINGTON — Whiteface Mountain plans to add a new glade and additional snowmaking equipment for the upcoming season.

Construction of the new 1,500-foot expert trail through the trees is scheduled to begin this week. The still unnamed trail will start about halfway down Hoyt’s High and connect to the Summit Chair lift.

Once completed, the glade will add an additional 4.7 acres to Whiteface’s present 283 acres of skiable terrain and 3,430 feet of vertical, the most vertical east of the Rockies. It will be the first new trail added to Whiteface Mountain in more than five years.

New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Ted Blazer said they are excited about this plan. 

“It’s the resort’s first new trail since the opening of Lookout Mountain in 2008,” he said in a press release. “Last winter, the mountain added snowmaking to Hoyt’s High, and this will make another exciting addition that will enhance our guests’ overall experience at the mountain.”

Other improvements include 35 new low-energy snow guns that will provide efficient snow coverage on Easy Street, Broadway and Excelsior, Blazer said. 

And the mountain has also purchased an energy-efficient boom-fan snow gun that will be used to cover Lower Valley trail.

Whiteface General Manager Aaron Kellett said their overall goal is to always improve upon the skiing experience, while at the same time use less energy and be more efficient. 

“The purchasing of the 35 additional guns and the boom snow gun keeps us moving in that direction,” he said.

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Colin Read's Column

Business Spotlight
Peter Hagar's Farm Column

Farm Briefs
Videos: Business News
US Stocks Plunge, Wiping Out July's Gains Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best AP Review: Amazon Fire Adds Spark to Smartphones All Aboard! LIRR Strike Averted Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Time Warner Rejects Murdoch's Takeover Bid Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Downside of Low Mortgage Rates? Less Selling Cupcake Shop Crumbs Shuttering All Its Stores San Francisco Prepares for Soda Battle Dow Breaks Record 17,000