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Whiteface Bike Park Report Card

Whiteface Report Card

The name of the game at Whiteface is natural, technical, advanced, DH with tons of vertical! Riding the Cliffs of Insanity trail was a  humbling experience for us.

Total Vertical: 2,476 ft
Number of Lifts: 2
Type of uplift: Gondola and bus shuttle.
Bike Attachment: Inside cabin and on rack or inside the bus.
Number of Trails: 27
Guides available: Yes / pre-book only.
Lessons available: Yes / pre-book only.
Beginner Trails: Only accessed via the shuttle bus.
Intermediate Trails: Old school mountain biking at it’s best – so much to offer the average rider.
Advanced Trails: Some serious stuff off the top! Loose steep fall line to get to the good stuff.
Technical trails: Yes definitely. Cliffs of Insanity lives up to its name!
Flow/jump trails: No real jump trail.
Trail variety: Mainly natural tech single track descents but some good XC too.
Trail Conditions: Most of the trails are natural, tech-DH...which doesn't require a ton of maintenance. However, drainage seemed to be an issue with some serious mud holes. 
Trail signposting: OK higher up, but a few moments of doubt on the lower mountain.
Other trails in area: Huge XC network at Olympic Center. We did not have time to ride any of them. N/A
Day Pass Value for money: Just Average.
Ease of parking to lift: There's not an abundance of parking spaces, but we never experienced a full parking lot, and it's only a very short distance to the Gondola.
Lift lines: We never had to wait more than 5 minutes. 
Quality of rental fleet: Ageing, but adequate.
On-site Bike Shop: Very small, but enough to meet the basic needs.
Lunch options: The restaurant sandwiches are super expensive. But, just down the road towards Wilmington there’s a cool grocery store with huge sandwiches for about 6 bucks.
Water by the lifts (yes/no):   Yes
Lockers available (yes/no):   Yes
Camping/RV park (yes/no):   Yes
Staff friendliness: Small operation and great guys! However, the lunch room staff seemed to be having a very bad day when we were there. 
Family-friendly: For off the bike stuff, plenty of family friendly activities. The riding itself is a bit of a challenge due to the highly advanced terrain off the top of the lift. 
Restaurants: None without a drive.
Nightlife: Nope - head to Lake Placid.
Random: Hit the Flume Falls swimming hole just down the road!


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