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Whiteface, Van Hoevenberg to open Friday

A snowboarder cruises down Whiteface Mountain. (Provided photo — ORDA)

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority Wednesday announced the Friday, Nov. 26 opening of ski centers at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.

Whiteface Mountain will open with more than 2 miles of terrain, spanning 30 acres. Skiers and riders will have access to five trails via the Face Lift chair and Cloudsplitter Gondola to Excelsior, Summit Express, Upper Valley, Lower Valley and Fox trails.

“We are excited to show off our newest improvements to lifts, lodges, and snowmaking, and we can’t wait to see our skiers and riders,” Whiteface Mountain General Manager Aaron Kellett said in a press release.

Whiteface has modernized its entire snowmaking system, replaced its Bear Lift with a new quad out of the Base Area, and has completed all finish work on its Legacy Lodge at Midstation.

Officials at the Lake Placid Nordic Center at Mount Van Hoevenberg anticipate opening with more than 2 kilometers of terrain. The new facility is eager to kickstart its season and display upgrades including a new climbing wall, wax rooms, lockers, RFID gates, and completion of its new state-of-the-art Mountain Pass Lodge.

“After a successful 2020-21 season, we are eager to share our venue and world-class cross-country trails this winter,” Mount Van Hoevenberg General Manager Rebecca Dayton said in a press release.

Gore Mountain will be starting its season with more than 1.5 miles of terrain connecting the Sunway, Wild Air, Pot Luck, and Arenatrails via the high-speed Adirondack Express.

“We are committed to providing the best guest experience possible,” Gore Mountain General Manager James Bayse said in a press release. “With several recent improvements for our skiers and riders to enjoy, we are looking forward to seeing everyone this season.”

Gore’s 2021-22 season features several trail enhancements, snowmaking modernizations and infrastructure updates.

Belleayre Mountain will open Saturday with more than 2 miles of terrain on the Deer Run and Dot Nebel trails, serviced via the Catskill Thunder Gondola and Lift 8. Belleayre’s modernized snowmaking capabilities are supported by a new pump house and the addition of 235 more HKD snow guns. Several improvements were also made to buildings and guest areas, including a new outdoor food service area and Base Area paving.

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games’ official mascot Adirondack Mac will be visiting Whiteface Mountain from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, posing for pictures and greeting skiers and riders in the Base Lodge, at the base of the Cloudsplitter Gondola and Face Lift Chair, and at the summit of Little Whiteface. Adirondack Mac will also be visiting Gore Mountain on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

COVID-19 protocols include capacity restrictions including mask requirements in all buildings, online advanced ticketing requirements, and strategic safety signage and communications. ORDA’s ticket products utilize RFID technology for touchless, hassle-free, and direct-to-lift access. ORDA also features new food service technology which allows guests to order meals ahead of time for convenient pickup. ORDA encourages all guests to visit its websites to review COVID-19 protocols in detail.