Published on: October 19, 2020

Whiteface Mountain in Upstate New York announces ski, ride protocols

With the countdown on to the start of the 2020-2021 ski and ride season now underway, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that ski resorts can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, November 6. Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York and just 10 miles from Lake Placid, falls under the aegis of New York State.

Tackling Whiteface Mountain in Upstate New York on a powder day
Tackling Whiteface Mountain in Upstate New York on a powder day

“Beginning next month, ski resorts will be allowed to reopen with limited indoor capacity, which will allow New Yorkers to have some outdoor activity this winter without having to quarantine when they come back,” said Gov. Cuomo.

State guidance on the reopening of ski resorts includes the following precautions:

  • Masks required at all times, except when eating/drinking or skiing.
  • Social distancing between parties required at all times.
  • Restrict gondolas/lifts to members of the same party.
  • Limit ski lessons to no more than 10 people.
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared/rented equipment.
  • Shuttles, food & beverage, retail service must conform to State-issued
  • Reduce outdoor capacity on mountain by 25% during “peak” days or if multiple trails are closed due to unseasonable conditions.

Whiteface Mountain traditionally eyes a Thanksgiving weekend opening, but if Mother Nature cooperates, those first runs of the season have been known to advance into mid-November. So the time to get ready is now. We’ll have more on the coming winter season in a subsequent blog.