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White Face

Average Rating:    (4.57 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 30

Loaded with tons of downhill(maybe I should say, all!). Mostly single track downhill with some very technical sections running down rock faces and through streams. Everything for the enthusiest to the expert here. I give it 5 stars!!!!!
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Latitude
44.29891297731287
Longitude
-73.92614364624023
Trail Directions
White Face ski and mountain bike center located in north country New York(Adirondack Mountains). There are many other mountains to ride here, but this is the best that i have ridden yet up here
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lake Placid
State/Territory/Province
New York
Zip/Postal Code
12997
Country
United States
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Review Date
April 10, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mayonays ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I was here a few times in August 2011, this was my first real downhill MTB experience and it was a blast! Downhill Mike and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful and accomodating. As a newbie to DH, I was a bit intimidated but there were plenty of people riding that day who I was able to follow and hang out with. I visit family in Lake Placid every summer and I plan to spend another few days at Whiteface each time I'm out east.

Recommended Route:
I stuck to the lower trails the first day, Opiate was my favorite. I hit it 6 or 7 times, it flows really well! The next day I took the gondola to the top, but don't remember any of the trail names...
If you know what you're doing on a bike, you'll do fine. The rocks and steep sections seem a bit crazy at first, but the DH bikes they have for rentals will soak it all up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I spent an afternoon riding the Wilmington XC trails which can be accessed from Whiteface. The trails were well maintained and clearly marked. Nice climbs an some nice descents. Much different (better) than the trails we have in IL!



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Review Date
January 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: stoweboarder360 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Well i wrote this whole detailed review but i pressed the reset button, so i'll sum it up. Great Park, Challenging as anything, most vert in the East, definitely rivals whistler in difficulty, for the maniacs it is lacking those 20+ foot rocks drops that you're looking for. Amazing and friendly staff, help you with anything. Great for anyone from a beginner DH rider to a seasoned pro, and the weather is usually great too!

Recommended Route:
My favorite route is going 24 to 27 to 4 to 5 to 13 to 12 to 9. Its fast and if you're the normal DH rider this should take around 40 to 50 minutes. A lot of fun, unfortunately in order to get to 24 you must go down trail 23 which is a rocky and loose service road. 13, 12 and 9 you never even have to hit the brakes on if you really know what you're doing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wilmington XC trails are great for anyone who isn't looking for DH, they can be accessed off of trails 16 and 17. Anyone who does not like any uphill riding, stay away!



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Review Date
May 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: kona kid ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Whiteface is an awesome place to ride your DH bike (and scare the piss out of yourself). The gondola ride is quick and comfortable, and in 12 minutes you're at the top of a long descent. The 4 trails from the summit are all long, steep and tech and will kick your ass if you don't know how to handle a bike. The trails get a lot mellower from the mid-mountain lodge, down. I rode 2 days there last summer and I saw maybe 20 other riders on the hill. I just can't picture a lift line there. Ride there, just don't forget your armor

Recommended Route:
My favorite run was Evil Empire to a short hike to Freedom to The Judge to Seek and Destroy to Opiate. This covers almost everything mountain biking is about, obscenely fast open sections, slick rock faces, steep rockgardens, slippery roots, flowy single track and a random BBQ/picnic table at the side of the trail. Also check out Slickrock, Cliffs of Insanity (aka ridiculous, sphincter puckering, heart racing, if I fall I die, trail), North East Shore (cool wood features) Autobahn (woodchip covered road, really cool surfy felling to ride on)

-1st tip: do not manual/hop up the stairs at the base station of the gondola, lest you want your testicles pulled off by the base manager (who is reminiscent of a bulldog)

-2nd tip: watch out for families from the Bronx walking down from the river crossing. If you come up behind a group, make your presence known or the mother will SHRIEK at you and the father will make a Bugs Bunny Sound along the lines of "gnnnaaaaaaaa watch out, doc"



Comments
downhill mike (04/10/2012)
Awesome review! Love the part about not riding up on the gondola deck. Ha-ha.
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Review Date
January 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pushinpixels ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I had a great time on Whiteface last year. I was visiting from Canada and I'm used to the bike parks and trail networks in Alberta and British Columbia. I'm totally impressed with Whiteface. Trails were fast, flowy and technical. The staff were super friendly. If you live on the East Coast, go support Whiteface, you'll have a blast.



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Review Date
September 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Psycho Banshee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trails on Whiteface are the real deal for advanced cross country riders, downhill racers, and mountain bikers that want to go downhill and be challenged. I am mainly xc(I don't live close to any dh trails), and loved the technicalities. I hope they build more ramps, berms, and drops into the trails on the mountain, because this mountain is so awesome already that with its huge vertical, it could be the ultimate dh/freeride arena. All that is needed is a couple 5, 10, and 15-20 foot drops for the maniacs. Technical is great but most mountain bikers I know want to get air. As I rode down the mountain, I noticed that the dude who wrote the review that detailed what the road surface is like is right on. The trails at the top do curve alot as they plunge off the mountain. Don't think you can ride here and not crash. If you don't crash at least once, you're going too SLOW. Overall, these are the best trails I have ridden-period.



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