WILMINGTON - Skiers and riders won't have to rely on Mother Nature to provide enough snow to cover Whiteface Mountain's Hoyt's High. Crews have begun installing snowmaking piping along the 4,700-foot-long expert trail.
Named in honor of veteran Whiteface ski patroller Jim Hoyt Sr., Hoyt's High was cut in 2008 but has relied on natural snowfall to cover its 1,400 feet of vertical drop. Last week snowmaking piping started to arrive, and crews began installing the piping in anticipation of Whiteface's expected opening day, Nov. 23.
"This is a significant undertaking since the access is limited with lots of twists and turns and a relatively narrow width," the mountain's general manager, Bruce McCulley, said in a press release. "It's exciting to think that this part of the Lookout Mountain expansion will be available for our guests on a more consistent basis. With this trail open more often, it will certainly change the traffic flow on the entire mountain."
Hoyt’s High at Whiteface Mountain
(Enterprise file photo — Chris Knight)
Adding snowmaking to Hoyt's High Trail is one of several projects and improvements under way in anticipation of the 2012-13 winter season. The mountain has purchased a new Pistenbully 600W groomer and several more new low-energy snowmaking guns.
SnowEast Magazine readers recently tabbed Whiteface and Lake Placid as the east's No. 1 ski village destination and New York state's top ski resort. The mountain also received top honors for most scenic.