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 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.