A mild winter is causing Whiteface Mountain to close earlier than normal this season.
The ski center in Wilmington will be closed next week, starting Monday. It may, however, reopen the following weekend if conditions permit.
"We are going to close after Sunday and then reevaluate conditions midweek, and look forward to the next weekend," Jon Lundin, spokesman for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority which runs the ski center, told the Enterprise Wednesday. "It's supposed to cool next week. Maybe that will help us."
Evan Williams carves on the Follies trail amid warm weather this weekend at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington.
(Photo — Hilary Lockwood)
Whiteface had 30 trails and about four chairlifts open Wednesday, Lundin said.
Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek, which ORDA also runs, closed this past Sunday. It may reopen this coming weekend, Lundin said.
There are several events scheduled for upcoming weekends at Whiteface, including the annual pond skimming contest on April 1. Whether they happen will depend on the weather.
The overall number of skier visits was down this winter due to the warm weather and lack of natural snow at Whiteface. Still, Lundin said Whiteface and other ski resorts were able to compensate at times by making snow.
"The skiing was good," Lundin said. "If you had your snowmaking dialed in, the skiing was very good."
Last year, Whiteface was able to stay open until mid April after receiving a significant amount of snow in the winter months.