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First major snow perks up skiers

October 24, 2016
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Despite the power outages Saturday night, officials at the state Olympic Regional Development Authority took advantage of the first measurable snow in the Olympic Region to promote their winter facilities.

During the storm, which dumped more than 5 inches of wet, heavy snow on the lower elevations of Lake Placid and Wilmington, ORDA staff posted a video of the snow on the Whiteface Mountain Facebook page with the message, "It is DUMPING right now at mid station. Time to think winter at Whiteface."

On Sunday morning, with blue skies contrasting the white blanket of snow on the slopes, ORDA posted photos of the ski center and a skier climbing the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway.

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A skier takes advantage of the early snow at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center Sunday, Oct. 23 as the facility opened for one day after receiving 6 inches of snow overnight.
(Photo courtesy of ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid)

Meanwhile, Cross Country Ski Center department head Mike Battisti at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex announced on Facebook that his facility was open for business.

"6" of snow at Van Ho, we are open for business! Grooming on the flats, no trackset. Bring your rock skis, some debris and slush puddles here and there. Lodge will be open!"

In the ski report, Battisti listed packed powder conditions for the primary surface and variable conditions for the secondary surface. Off-track depth was 6 inches and average base depth was 3 inches. Six trails were groomed: Mini Loop, Bobcat, Flatlander, Flatlander Plus, Flatlander Extension and Zig Zag.

By Monday morning, Sunday's sunshine had taken its toll on the snow, and the one-day, early-season skiing was over.

"Just too much blue sky yesterday ... most of the snow is gone. Closed until the next blanket of white!" reported the ski center's Facebook page Monday morning.



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