Despite the warm weather coming our way this weekend, snow conditions up high are great – especially with new high-tech snow guns at Gore and Whiteface.
ORDA is opening the ski mountains today and tomorrow, the earliest start to the ski season on record for Whiteface and the second-earliest for Gore.
This from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement.
“This weekend, we are opening Whiteface and Gore Mountains to kick off the ski season in New York where we have unmatched recreational opportunities for New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors looking to enjoy the slopes,” Governor Cuomo said.
Here are some additional trail details:
Five trails, from the summit to the base of Little Whiteface will be open this weekend. Excelsior, Summit Express, Upper Valley, Lower Valley and the Fox trails will all be ready for skiing and riding. Whiteface Mountain general manager Aaron Kellett said, “The crew has been doing a great job getting the mountain ready, and we’re very excited that we’ll be open early for the second straight year. The new snowmaking guns have really allowed us to cover quite a bit of the mountain and we’ve been able to do this more efficiently than in years past.”
At Gore, The Sunway Lift will take skiers and riders to the Jamboree Trail. The resort’s terrain park, at the bottom of the arena, as well as the cafeteria and rental shop will also be in operation. Gore’s general Manager Mike Pratt said, “Mother Nature has given us a window of opportunity. We’re excited to be opening the 80th season of skiing and riding in North Creek.”