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Re: Whiteface Conditions

snoloco
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campgottagopee wrote
Was there ever a single chair to the summit at WF?? For some reason I remember one being there back in the  80's while skiing there in college. Maybe it's all a dream..... can anyone confirm or deny?
Any old timers correct me if I'm wrong on this one.

Whiteface as it exists today started in the early 60's on Little Whiteface.  Not sure what the lower mountain lifts were, but there was a Riblet double where the LWF chair is now.  Hall replaced it in 1978 with the lift that exists today (which was later heavily modified by CTEC and Doppelmayr).  The old LWF chair was moved to the summit, and ran to where the bears are now.  

There was a Hall double double installed where the Facelift is now in 1976.  One side went the full length and the other ended at the Midstation lodge.  CTEC upgraded the full length side to a triple in 1988 and some of the Hall parts were used to build the Mountain Run chair in 1989.  They added their own tandem towers and chair frames to the Mountain Run side, which is why it has those wonky looking chairs with CTEC frames and Hall seats.

In 2002, the Triple-Double was replaced by the Facelift.  The CTEC parts were used to build the Topridge Triple at Gore and the Hall parts were just scrapped.

I've lived in New York my entire life.
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Re: Whiteface Conditions

marznc
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Adk Jeff wrote
marznc wrote
I only skied Whiteface a few times in 1968-70 as an intermediate.
You look a lot younger than that in your avatar.
That pic was taken when I was over 50.  Turned 60 this year.  

North Country School is a junior boarding school just south of Lake Placid.  Has 200+ acres, including a ski hill with a rope tow.  That's where I learned to ski long ago. I graduated from 8th grade (last grade) in 1970.  My daughter graduated in 2016.  She got to be at NCS for three years since 9th grade was added a while back.  Difference for skiing is that I got her on skis at age 4 even though we live in NC.  She was an advanced skier skiing the harder terrain (off High T, Devil's Castle) at Alta by the time she was 12.  I had to work hard in recent years to stay a better skier.  Although she shifted to telemark at NCS so slowed down in terms of technique improvement.

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Re: Whiteface Conditions

freeheeln
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campgottagopee wrote
ScottyJack wrote
Pas de
Hmmmmm, sorry me no speeky Tontoism
SJ has gone Hinterlandian

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Re: Whiteface Conditions

Harvey
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http://directory.nyskiblog.com/Whiteface-Mountain-Ski-Center-td4646997.html

"If it's my mountain, I'm installing a fixed grip and telling the lifties to stuff the beginners into chairs as aggressively as they have to to keep it going full speed." —Brownski
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Re: Whiteface Conditions

Snowballs
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freeheeln wrote
campgottagopee wrote
ScottyJack wrote
Pas de
Hmmmmm, sorry me no speeky Tontoism
SJ has gone Hinterlandian
That's what I was thinking. He must be preparing to skedaddle when Trump wins.

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Re: Whiteface Conditions

freeheeln
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Marble Mt tower bases still there, sled shacks too.

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Re: Whiteface Conditions

PeeTex
Here is a great writeup on Marble Mtn:
http://www.albany.edu/asrc/assets/MarbleMtnArticle.pdf


Hikeing the old lift line behind the Atmospheric sciences center is my preferred way to hike WF and/or Ester.

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Re: Whiteface Conditions

PeeTex
This brought up a memory from the past, Greylock Glen.
When there were plans for a Tram to the top of Greylock, they developed a golf course and an entire ski area (lift towers are still there) at the base of Greylock right beside the Thunderbolt. It all went bankrupt before a single bull wheel turned.
http://www.newenglandskihistory.com/cancelledskiareas/Massachusetts/mtgreylock.php

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Re: Whiteface Conditions

snoloco
They should reopen all the old terrain and connect it to Whiteface to be the largest ski area in NY, both vertically and horizontally.

I've lived in New York my entire life.
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Re: Whiteface Conditions

Snowballs
From the Marble mtn link....

" January 1958, an event that gained national attention when a power failure on the Riblet chairlift stranded the Governor, Draper, and others 100 feet in the air for more than an hour. "

Hey Sno, know anything about this brand of lift ?

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