As claims to fame go, it’s pretty hard to top hosting the Winter Olympics—which Whiteface Mountain Resort did in 1980, immediately setting expectations (shall we say) sky-high for arriving visitors. And with the tallest vertical drop on the eastern seaboard (at 3,430 feet), it certainly meets them. With an impressive 87 trails and 11 lifts, one of the longest single intermediate runs in the Northeast, miles of groomed cruisers and an impressive range of lessons—including ones for guests with disabilities, Whiteface is hard to beat. There are also terrain parks for tots and intermediates alike, while a 15-minute ride on the newly renovated Cloudsplitter Gondola reveals spectacular views of the Adirondacks and Lake Placid. Their sustainability commitment includes installation of a megawatt solar plant over a dozen acres, several hundred low energy, high-efficiency snow guns, and snowcats that run on state-of-the-art tier diesel engines.
Where to eat and drink: Whiteface Lake Placid Dining
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