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Whiteface won’t open Friday

November 24, 2009
By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will not open on Friday as originally scheduled, but the gondola will be running for those wanting to take scenic gondola rides.

Whiteface has had to delay the opening day of ski season due to the recent warm weather, which did not allow for snowmaking on a consistent basis. Whiteface had planned to start marking snow on Nov. 16 to gear up for the season, but never was able to string together enough cold days in a row to build up the snow levels.

Whiteface General Manager Bruce McCulley said his staff needs three or four days of snowmaking in order to get the ski area up and running.

"We're just going to make snow when temperatures permit," McCulley told the Enterprise Monday. "As soon as possible, we'll get open."

Although Whiteface won't have skiing, the ski area will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday for those interested in taking scenic rides on the gondola.

This region could see some snowfall on Saturday, when temperatures are expected to drop a little bit, but it isn't expected to be enough to open the ski area.



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