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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Nov 26, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Skiing Whiteface Mountain...the rest of the story


I just spent way too much time messing around with the font formatting on the first Whiteface post - below - and still didn't fix it. Arrg.
Anyway, Whiteface Mountain is located in the town of Wilmington, NY. Wilmingtonites sometimes get appropriately put out when someone assumes Whiteface is in Lake Placid. Nope, it's not. Whiteface Mountain and Wilmington hosted the alpine skiing events for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. You can ski the same runs on which Olympic athletes raced. You can also coast on the blue and green trails, or climb the slides to see if you're as good as you think you are. Whiteface is a very fun mountain to ski. Especially when you can see the mountain from where you are sleeping.
Of course, we have some very nice listings in the Whiteface and Wilmington area. As I've said before, I work with the Prudential Terry Horrocks Real Estate Agency. There is a property on the AuSable River that is one of my favorites. It has an unparalleled and totally private setting directly on the West Branch of the Ausable River overlooking expansive meadows with direct views of Whiteface. You can literally watch trout swimming in the river from the master bedroom balcony. This three-bedroom chalet has been meticulously maintained and includes a large, wrap-around deck and screened room. The separate and recently constructed guest cabin includes a wood paneled bedroom/sitting room, a kitchenette, full bath and large deck overlooking the river. The setting makes you think of the word 'idyllic;' for skiers and hikers and anglers and anyone who appreciates the natural world. Let me know if you'd like to have a tour.

Skiing Whiteface - the Olympic Mountain

All reports confirm skiing's great in New York State! We can say for sure, skiing's great in the Adirondacks, anyway.
Whiteface, the Adirondack's Olympic Mountain, opened this past weekend
"with what is possibly the best early season coverage and conditions ever. The coverage was excellent with absolutely no rocks to be found anywhere. The conditions were dry winter snow, very little hard pack and absolutely not an icy spot anywhere. According to Jay Rand, the new compressors have made a significant difference and his staff is really psyched at the prospects of turning out such a great product."

That is a quote from a very credible source who skied at the mountain this past weekend. This source is probably one of the smartest people I know, especially concerning the Adirondacks, real estate and most importantly, skiing. That is good news for us skiers. I am well aware of the old "Iceface" reputation out there. I've selfishly been tempted to feed it, truth be told, just to keep the numbers down. It really is fun to ski fresh powder on a blue-bird day, all by yourself. But Whiteface hasn't been it's old icey self for a number of years. The mountain has provided me great skiing in recent memory. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can give us a more historical opinion, but it is good to hear the skiing's great already.