WILMINGTON - The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center ended its 2016-17 season on Easter Sunday, April 16, with spring conditions on 28 trails, temperatures in the low 70s and dozens of families scurrying around the base lodge looking for 4,000 hidden Easter eggs.
Although revenue numbers are not yet available, the length of the ski season was comparable to last year - the worst on record for skiing, finances and weather at Whiteface. The ski center opened on Thanksgiving day and closed on the third weekend of April for the past two years.
March snow extended the 2015-2016 season after a dismal showing by Mother Nature; 58 inches of snow and 17 inches of rain fell. This year, Whiteface tallied a "record-breaking" 281 inches of snow, thanks in part to about 40 inches of snow that fell during the March 14-15 nor'easter.
A skier heads down a Whiteface Mountain trail earlier in April.
(Photo by ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid)
Mount Van Hoevenberg
The state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates Whiteface Mountain, opened its Mount Van Hoevenberg Cross-Country Ski Center on Monday, Nov. 21 with more than a foot of natural snow on the ground.
Five years of Whiteface Mt. ski seasons
Start: Nov. 24, 2016
Finish: April 16, 2017
Start: Nov. 26, 2015
Finish: April 17, 2016
Start: Nov. 16, 2014
Finish: April 19, 2015
Start: Nov. 15, 2013
Finish: April 20, 2014
Start: Nov. 17, 2012
Finish: April 21, 2013
(Information provided by Lake Placid News archives and state Olympic Regional Development Authority annual reports.)
With an average base depth of 2 inches on the trails at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, Mount Van Hoevenberg officials posted a "ski at your own risk" report, which was amended in the early afternoon, announcing that the ski center was closed for the season.
Mount Van Hoevenberg was open for 138 days this season. Last winter, the trails were only open for 37 days due to unseasonably warm temperatures.