I think my idea for how to expand Whiteface and make it more intermediate friendly is a whole lot better than what the gov came up with.
Overview of expanded mountain
The West Face would be served by a 6200 foot long by 1440 vertical high speed bubble quad with heated seats due to it's high elevation location. All the terrain would be low intermediate and some entry level glades could be added between the trails
The Esther Mountain lift would be a 3450 foot long by 1540 vertical fixed grip triple or quad and would serve some very steep expert terrain plus one blue. Once again, there are opportunities for glades in between the trails.
Connecting the new expansion to the rest of the mountain would be a 3470 foot long transfer lift to the top of Lookout which would be a fixed grip triple or quad and a 12140 foot long by 2840 vertical gondola from Bear Den. There would be a mid station with loading and unloading in both directions where two new trails plus a connection to the existing Wilmington Trail would be.
There would also be a new lodge and restaurant built at the top of the new gondola.
Guessing this would cost around 50mil including the cutting trails, lifts, snowmaking, and the lodge. But it would make Whiteface really have something for everyone and truly world class.
You may want to include your post in your resume /cover letter to our Governator, ANDREW I. He'll be most anxious to hear how to spend the $62.5 million he proposed for ORDA expansion in this year's "State of Pie In The Sky" address. Excelsior; ever upward, damn the debt-bonding, let our grandkids (i.e., your kids) figure it out.
One thing I like about this plan is that it preserves the character of the existing mountain (unlike what's currently planned). I'm sort of going for an Otten style layout on the new section with separate pods that aren't really all that long of a run, yet combining it with the super long runs that Whiteface is able to offer by having those trails off the gondola.
Of course the snowmaking would need to be tripled in order to get every pod open by Christmas. I'd start the season on the existing part of the mountain opening top to bottom right away. By mid December try and open some things on the new section. When Christmas comes around that would be when Lookout Mountain on the existing mountain and Esther Mountain on my expansion would open.
I think the trails off the West Face lift should be super wide to try and feel like western terrain.