Wilmington, N.Y. --- These are the words that every skier and rider want to hear in November. "We're makin' snow!" You don't need to be a meteorologist to know that it's been cold the last several days and nights, ideal for dusting off the hoses and guns and making snow at Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y. "We saw an opportunity to take advantage of some good temperatures," said Whiteface general manager Bruce McCulley. "We'll keep watching the weather and the temperatures over the next several days and make snow when it makes sense so that we have a good product for opening day." This season's snowmaking is far ahead of last year's, when the mountain didn't make its first snow until Nov. 16, pushing back opening day until Dec. 5. Starting at about 6 p.m. last night, 35 guns began blowing snow from the mid-station down, laying the based for the Friday, Nov. 26, opening, weather permitting. The early snowmaking also should serve as a reminder to skiers and riders that Thursday, Nov. 18, is the deadline to purchase discounted 2010-11 season passes for Whiteface and Gore. And skiers and riders will also be able to save throughout the season programs including Super Sundays presented by Bud Light, Coca-Cola "Why Not Wednesdays" and the Vertical Club. 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. For more information about skiing or riding Whiteface, the Olympic mountain, and information about all off ORDA's Olympic venues, log ontowww.whitefacelakeplacid.com. Photo Caption: Snowmaking at Whiteface, from Mid-station down. Photo courtesy of Whiteface/ORDA.
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, (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (518) 523-1655ext. 213