With temperatures dropping into the teens and natural snow starting to accumulate, the state-owned Whiteface and Gore ski centers started making snow Monday night.
The state Olympic Regional Development Authority announced the news and released photos today. ORDA also manages Whiteface in Wilmington, Gore in North Creek, Belleayre in the Catskills and the Winter Olympic venues in Lake Placid.
ORDA said both Whiteface and Gore are supposed to open for the winter skiing and snowboarding season on Nov. 23. Season tickets are currently available.
Snow blankets Whiteface Mountain Tuesday morning, as seen from the Outpost Plaza in Lake Placid. Snowmaking has begun at the mountain, which is scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 23.
(Photo — Debbie McLean)
(Editor's note: The photo credit has been corrected.)
Gore is touting many improvements since last winter: new snow guns, new grooming tractors, four new crossover trails on the lower mountain that connect the Burnt Ridge area and the Northwoods gondola, and a complete renovation of the Tannery Pub & Restaurant.
At Whiteface Monday evening, guns blew snow on the mountain's Lower Valley and Fox trails, according to ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin. Snowmaking is expected to resume tonight and continue through opening day, conditions permitting, according to ORDA.