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Whiteface slated to close Sunday

LAKE PLACID — It’s transition time in the Adirondacks, and skiing at Whiteface Mountain and Mount Van Hoevenberg is winding down.

It could be the final week of Alpine and Nordic skiing at these two venues operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority.

Whiteface is tentatively slated to close with its final day of skiing on Sunday, April 11, but warm temperatures predicted for the late part of this week could hasten that. On April 7, the mountain had 34 of 90 trails open, with four of its 12 lifts operating, and 8 to 18 inches of base depth.

If the Alpine center makes it to Sunday, there will have been 128 days of skiing at the mountain. Opening day this winter was Dec. 5, which was later than recent years. Last winter, skiing started at Whiteface on Nov. 15, 2019, which was the earliest opening date in recent seasons. It closed early, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, with operations shutting down on March 15.

As of April 7, Mount Van Hoevenberg’s new Nordic center only had one trail and 5 kilometers of skiing available, and plans were to keep that going as long as possible. The remaining skiing is on the competition trail, which has benefited from snowmaking.

Gore Mountain, one of three alpine center’s operated by ORDA, reported 27 of its 110 trails open on April 7 with five lifts running. The remaining terrain open was for intermediate and expert skiers only. Gore was also looking at Sunday for its final day of skiing this season.

ORDA’s other alpine ski center, Belleayre, which is in the Catskills, closed earlier this month.

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