The upgraded Cloudsplitter Gondola is now open to the public!
The Cloudsplitter Gondola is getting a facelift. The high speed 8-person Doppelmayr Gondola is getting 60 new beautiful cabins, new drives, and new drive motors. In addition, the communication system is getting an upgrade with new tower switches, communication and fiber lines.
Construction of the new Midstation Lodge at Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort, replacing the structure that was destroyed by fire on November 30, 2019, commenced this spring.
The 10,000 sq. ft. lodge will be a mid-mountain respite for skiers and riders seeking a great resort experience. It will offer food and beverage service, have a large dining area, multiple seating spaces and full restroom amenities. An expansive viewing deck offering some of the most spectacular vistas of the High Peaks, at 2,100 ft. of elevation, will wrap around the building. The majority of skiers will be able to access the lodge from the mountain's upper trails.
Several of the new lodge's amenities will be ready for use during the next ski season in November of 2020. The second phase of construction will complete the midstation lodge project by October 2021.
Initial renderings of the new lodge show an architectural style reminiscent of an Adirondack great-lodge featuring long sloping rooflines, sweeping decks and a massive interior with vaulted ceilings. Accented by many natural elements such as Adirondack timber and custom stonework. Large insulated windows will allow for maximum light while framing picturesque views of the resort.
Bear Den Lift
The Bunny Hutch Triple at Bear Den Mountain is being replaced. The new, as yet unamed, lift at Bear Den will be a quad lift system that uses conveyer loading making it easier for passenger loading. The lift is perfect for the beginner and families. It is located adjacent to the Bear Den Lodge and will be completed this fall.
The snowmaking system at Pumphouse 1, adjacent to the Clooudsplitter Gondola, is being improved. New pumps are being installed in the expanded Ausable River Pump House, and on-mountain pipe and gun modifications will improve the system's efficiency.
Bear Den Lodge
We've committed to growing our learn-to-ski facilities and programs with an expansion of the Bear Den Lodge, including the addition of a new bar and restaurant with a bird's eye view of the slopes for parents to relax and watch their kids on the hill. Bear Den also features two new conveyor lifts, including the Coyote Cruiser, perfect for beginner skiers who are new to the sport.
Main Base Lodge
Last summer, we continued renovations and the installation of a new elevator to improve accessibility and traffic flow. Next time you're at the mountain be sure to check out the new and improved Guest Services desk located across from the J.Lohr Wine Bar & Café.
Snowmaking, Grooming & Trail Upgrades
Corduroy lovers rejoice—we have a new grooming tractor this past year! We've made major updates to main pump house, and have purchased 100 new snow guns, increasing our capacity by 25% for this upcoming season. We're also have widened several trails on Whiteface Mountain, including Broadway, Brookside, and Easy Street.
Veterans' Memorial Highway
Up at the Summit, we've been working hard at continuing our work renovating the interior of the Castle for our summer Memorial Highway visitors, and the elevator replacement project is complete.