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Ski season in Upstate NY

Excellent conditions at Whiteface

By Phil Johnson
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Going skiing for me can be like a box of chocolates for Forrest Gump.

You never know what you are going to get.

Case in point. Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. Monday this week there they had almost 2 inches of rain. Through Tuesday there was no snow in the parking lot at the mountain. Wednesday... what a surprise! Conditions on trails from the top of the Gondola at Little Whiteface to the base of the mountain were as good as you would want mid-winter. The magic of snowmaking and grooming. Excellent skiing.

It was like reaching in the box and getting the chewy chocolate.

Sure, not all trails were open. But with temperatures around 30 all day and no wind (yes, this was Whiteface), it was a great day. And as more terrain opens, it will get better.

Aaron Kellett is the new mountain manager at Whiteface this season and he's off to a great start. At 34, he is one of the youngest managers in the business and certainly one of the very few who on the hill can handle the regular trails and the jumps and rails in the terrain park too.

The Plattsburgh native has been working at Whiteface since 2000 and started skiing there in 1991 with his dad, who was a ski patroller.

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