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.