The results are in for SKI Magazine’s 22nd annual survey ranking the top destinations for Off Hill activities and, once again, Whiteface/Lake Placid, N.Y. is claiming top honors. For the 19th consecutive year, the site of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games has been selected by the magazine’s readers as the best place to partake in Off Hill activities. The survey also tabbed Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., as the fourth top ski resort in the eastern United States. The rankings were announced in the magazine’s October special issue.
“It’s exciting that we continue to be number-one in the off hill category, this is a testament to all of the hard work from the staff at the mountain, as well as to the entire community who continue to make Whiteface/Lake Placid a special ski destination,” said New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) chairman Patrick Barrett. “It’s equally as exciting that we’ve maintained our status as one of the top ski resorts in the east.”
Whiteface, Wilmington and Lake Placid also received high marks from the magazine’s readers for its scenery (#2), resort dining (#3), après ski (#3), mountain character (#4), family programs (#7), challenging terrain (#7), overall terrain (#9), overall satisfaction (#9) and lodging (#10).
“This continues to show that that we’re much more than a ‘ski town,’” remarked ORDA president/CEO Ted Blazer. “It shows that skiers and guests come to the area to experience and appreciate all that there is to offer, on and off the mountain.”
With the the start of another exciting skiing and riding season just around the corner, the resort is proud to unveil upgrades including, seven new automated snow guns, a Pisten Bully Snow Groomer, the new Rossignol Experience rental ski center and enhanced on-mountain dining. The 2011-12 season is expected to begin, conditions permitting, Friday, Nov. 25.