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Whiteface Mountain Just Got A Little More Expert
The Hoyt’s High Trail on Whiteface Mountain, near Lake Placid, N.Y., has sat mostly dormant since it was cut in 2008. It’s the latest addition to a resort already known for possessing the greatest vertical drop in the east.
Other than a few poachers here and there when it received ample natural snow, very few have experienced its challenging 1,400 vertical feet of expert terrain that is spread over nearly a mile.
Hoyt’s High completes the Lookout Mountain collection of trails that includes the seemingly endless Wilmington trail for intermediates, and the narrow, over-the-edge-of-the-table plunge known appropriately as Lookout Below.
Hoyt’s High, which opened this month, is named in honor of veteran Whiteface Mountain ski patroller Jim Hoyt Sr. who, with his wife and siblings, have kept an eye on Whiteface’s skiers and riders for decades.
“People are telling us they really love this trail,” Whiteface Mountain's Lauren Garfield told SnoCountry.com. “They enjoy the challenge and the double fall line. Also the length....it is one very long, uninterrupted expert trail.”
Crews installed 9,000 feet of piping last fall allowing for top to bottom snowmaking on the trail. Guests now have an expert trail that will allow them to get back to the Lookout Mountain lift. In the past, Lookout Below was the only expert trail that allowed skiers and riders immediate access to the Lookout Mountain triple chair.
Lookout Mountain has also been a welcomed addition during those busy holiday periods when resorts are always looking for more trails to absorb big crowds.
Access from the base is easy: a six minute ride in the high speed four-pack known as the Face Lift. About half a dozen turns later, guests can board the Lookout triple chair and then select from the “menu”.
In the meantime, with the Presidents’ Week holiday here, the Adirondack weather forecast is almost perfect with temperatures in the 20s and 30s through the period. Snowmaking efforts continue.
Photo: Whiteface Mountain