Eager guests unload Whiteface Mountain's Cloudsplitter Gondola for today's opening day at the resort in Wilmington, NY. (photo: ORDA)

New York’s State-Owned Ski Areas All Now Open

Lake Placid, NY – The 2018-19 Alpine and Nordic ski seasons got underway today at all of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)-managed ski resorts. They include Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in Highmount, Gore Mountain in North Creek, Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Nordic Center in Lake Placid, and Gore Mountain Nordic Center in North Creek.

Twelve inches of snowfall fell on Belleayre Mountain in the last 24 hours and guests enjoyed skiing and snowboarding on two trails, Deer Run and Deer Run Extension, serviced by the Catskill region’s newest gondola, the Catskill Thunder, which opened last December.

Gore Mountain opened up 21 percent of its terrain, or 12 trails, for today’s opening day. The open trails included Bear Cub Run, Ruby Run, The Arena, Showcase, 2B, Tannery, Lower Uncas, Headwaters, Hawkeye, Open Pit, Cloud and Lower Cloud Traverse.

Eager guests unload Whiteface Mountain's Cloudsplitter Gondola for today's opening day at the resort in Wilmington, NY. (photo: ORDA)
Eager guests unload Whiteface Mountain’s Cloudsplitter Gondola for today’s opening day at the resort in Wilmington, NY. (photo: ORDA)

Whiteface Mountain kicked off its 2018-19 skiing and riding season with two lifts and six trails on  packed powder conditions. The Cloupsplitter gondola took guests to the summit of Little Whiteface where they skied or rode to the resort’s base from the Excelsior, Summit Express, Upper Valley, Lower Valley and Fox trails. The resort’s Mixing Bowl trail and lift were also available for new skiers and snowboarders.

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Forty-five of Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s 50 kilometers of cross-country ski trails were open for Nordic skiers. Saturday marked the Nordic center’s earliest-ever planned opening thanks to the cooperation of both Mother Nature and ORDA’s Snowfactory system. Mt. Van Hoevenberg is the only resort in North America to have this state-of-the-art snowmaking machine which is capable of making snow with temperatures as high as 60 degrees.

The Nordic trails at Gore Mountain opened with two kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing at the historic North Creek Ski Bowl.

Each of the resorts are slated to close Monday-Thursday (Thanksgiving) and reopen Friday, Nov. 23, in full swing for the 2018-19 season.

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