orda22.jpgLonger Days, More Sun, Warmer Weather ... and Live Music and Fun for Everyone Wilmington, N.Y. - There's more than 160-inches of snow at Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y., and you know what that means.  More great skiing and riding for the entire family well into March at the Olympic mountain, not to mention the longer days, more sunshine and warmer weather. Celebration activities have been planned to welcome spring; kicking off with Mardi Gras the first weekend in March.  Ski, ride, collect beads and get upstairs to the Cloudspin Lounge for food and drink specials and live music from the funk, R &B and soul group Jocamo. There's plenty of fun for the kids too.  They'll have the chance to play in the snow with Curious George, March 4-6.  The PBS character can be found at Kids Kampus each day and parents who enroll their children in a full day kids Kampus program with Curious George will receive a $20 discount off a one day lift ticket.  For more information about Curious George and the Whiteface Kids Kampus, log on to http://www.whiteface.com/events/george.php. Gather your green March 12 and 13 and celebrate St. Patty's Day at the mountain where you'll also find Irish fun, food and festivities.  And don't forget Super Shamrock Sunday, March 13, brought to you by Bud Light.  Ski and ride all day for just $35 for adults, $30 for teens and $25 for juniors and afterward join the party in the Cloudspin Lounge with live music by Trenchtown Oddities. There's more great fun and music the next two weekends too.  It's Reggae Weekend, March 19-20, with music in the Cloudspin Lounge from the Big Take Over, Saturday, March 19, and the following weekend, March 26-27, it's a Pirate Party at Whiteface, featuring music from Y Not Blue. Don't forget that every Wednesday it's  Coca-Cola Why Not Wednesday's?, Present any empty Coca-Cola product and get a one-day adult lift ticket for only $38.  Offer not valid with any other offers, programs, promotions, discounts, or frequent skier products. Limit one ticket per can. That's only the beginning.  There will be free mountain tours each Saturday and Sunday and on March 5, Lake Placid's own Andrew Weibrecht, the 2010 Olympic Super G bronze medalist, will be at the mountain to sign autographs and pose for pictures. When you've finished your day at Whiteface, be sure to leave enough energy for the Après Sliding Party at the Olympic Sports Complex, complete with bobsled rides, food and more music. Whiteface boasts the greatest vertical east of the Rockies, 283 skiable acres and 86 trails and was recently named the number-one ski resort in the eastern United States by readers of SKI Magazine. The mountain also received high marks for its Après-Ski (#2), Dining (#2), Family Programs (#2), Scenery (#2), Terrain/Challenge (#2), Lodging (#4) and Overall Satisfaction (#5).  And for the 18th  consecutive year, Whiteface/Lake Placid was chosen number-one for its Off-Hill Activities, thanks to its array of Olympic-style sports including bobsledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, ski jumping, as well as events such as World Cup racing, shows and concerts. Whiteface was also chosen by SnowEast Magazine readers as the East's favorite resort.  Whiteface topped such resorts as Sugarloaf and Sunday River, both in Maine, and even Killington, in Vermont.  More than 3,500 readers took part in the poll and they also tabbed Whiteface as the most scenic resort and their favorite destination village.

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About ORDA Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speedskating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.  CONTACT: Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations coordinator jlundin@orda.org (518) 523-1655 ext. 213