Dispatches from The Inn

The Adirondacks lift-served backcountry skiing is open

Skiing the Slides at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks

The Slides are open. These are four favorite words for skiers and riders who frequent Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

Ski the Slides in the Adirondacks at Whiteface Mountain

Ski the Slides in the Adirondacks at Whiteface Mountain

A series of steep, narrow chutes, the Slides are open only when Ski Patrol deems them safe. This is expert-only terrain—35 acres of in-bounds, off-piste, double black-diamond wilderness skiing accessible by hiking from the top of the Summit Quad. A beacon probe and shovel are required to ski or ride the Slides.

On March 15, the Olympic mountain in the Adirondacks is celebrating a Shamrock Super Sunday, presented by Bud Light. Ski and ride all day for just $48 for adults, $42 for teens and $35 for juniors when purchased in advance, online, at www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.

After a super day of skiing and riding the east’s greatest vertical and the best in the Adirondacks, the party moves upstairs to the Cloudspin Lounge for Bud Light drink specials and games.

While at Whiteface be sure to grab your 2015-’16 SKI3 pass for Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., Gore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y., and Belleayre Ski Resort, in Highmount, N.Y.

The SKI3 pass is available through April 24 for just $759 for adults and seniors, $399 for young adults and college students and only $299 for juniors. Plus skiers and riders, who are 70 and older, can purchase the pass for only $210.

For those looking to ski just Whiteface next season, there’s still the very popular Whiteface Only Non-Holiday pass for just $459, when purchased by April 24. Get your pass now and ski the rest of this season free.

Don’t forget that all March long, it’s Springfest at the Olympic mountain. There’s a great lineup of events throughout the entire month to include this week’s NCAA national ski championships.

Other events include “First-Tracks,” every Saturday and Sunday, the Apple Butter Open, March 21-22; the Grommet Jam, Sunday, March 22; Maple Weekend, March 28-29; and the Whiteface Snoweater, March 28. Plus there’s plenty of music with the Cloudspin Lounge’s Rock the Face concert series.

For 24 consecutive years, readers of SKI Magazine have tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid number-one in the east for Off-Hill Activities. The magazine’s readers also named Whiteface their fourth favorite spot in the east for Après Ski and Nightlife.

The 2015 survey also tabbed Whiteface as the 10th top ski resort in the eastern United States. Whiteface also received kudos for Challenge (4), Scenery (No. 5), Character (No. 6), Dining (9) and Overall Value (No.10).

This spring, SnowEast Magazine readers chose Whiteface Lake Placid as their Overall Favorite Ski Resort in New York State and their Favorite Ski Destination.   SnowEast Magazine also voted Whiteface ninth in the east for Favorite Snowmaking.

To learn more about all of the activities and events taking place on ORDA’s Olympic venues, visit www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.

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The skating lane on Mirror Lake in the Adirondacks village of Lake Placid

The title of last week’s blog related to the fact that the ski and ride season in the Adirondacks is not over yet. Well, the same can be said of all other activities in the Lake Placid region.

There is still an abundance of snow and ice to keep lovers of winter sports content for quite some time in the Adirondacks, but I am happy to report that FINALLY, temperatures will begin to moderate.

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Arcing turns down Parkway on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks

It has always amazed me how the general skiing and riding public is so willing to pack in the season at the end of February, even in the northern Adirondacks where the season is longer than other regions.

I get it. This has been a long, endless winter, with week after week of cold, snowy weather in many parts of the east, including Lake Placid. We truly feel for Boston. The city has gone through enough. But folks, these are snow sports, and we need wintry conditions to provide smooth surfaces of packed snow. And in these Adirondack Mountains that’s what we have.

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