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Whiteface Open for 52nd Season this weekend

Mother Nature got off to a slow start, but the 2009-10 skiing and riding season at Whiteface is finally here. The Olympic

mountain is set to open this Saturday, Dec. 5.

Snow guns having been making snow, preparing Excelsior, Summit Express and Upper Valley for Saturday's opening day and the mountain's 52nd winter

season. Skiing will be available from the summit of Little Whiteface to mid

station, with downloading on the Cloudsplitter Gondola. This is limited to

intermediate skiing and beginner terrain will not be available.

Whiteface boasts the East's greatest vertical drop, and was recently named

to the Top Five Resorts in the East in *SKI Magazine's* Reader Resort Survey

2010. The mountain also received kudos for Apr s Ski Activities (No. 4),

Scenery (No. 5), Challenge and Family Programs (No. 6), Lodging (No. 6),

Overall Value (No.7), and Terrain/Variety (No. 8). Whiteface/Lake Placid

also earned the distinction of being #1 in the nation for Off-Hill

Activities for the 17th straight year.

Opening day lift tickets are $38 for adults, teens and seniors; and $25 for

juniors (7-12). As always, children six and under and seniors 70 and over

ski and ride for free any day of the season.

While you're at Whiteface, don't forget to purchase your 2009-10 ski and

ride season pass, the deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 11. Full

season passes to both Whiteface and Gore range from $335.00, for youth ages 13 to 22, to just $799.00, for adults. Adult non-holiday passes are

available for $649.00, as well as Snow Samplers and Whiteface's frequent

skier cards.

Finally, the first Super Sunday of the season is slated for Dec. 13th.

Adult lift ticket are just $35 and the party kicks off with the Hello my

name is Rail Jam and the High Peaks Cyclery Tele Demo Day, before moving

upstairs to the Cloudspin Lounge for the premier of HIT OR MISS by CS

Films. There will also be a live musical performance by Trenchtown

Oddities.

For more information on the Olympic venues and events, and for web cams from five locations, log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.

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