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Whiteface Mountain Ski Center - Unit Management Plan

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center is located in the Town of Wilmington, Essex County. It operates under the administrative jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and is managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) through a Memorandum of Understanding with the DEC. The facility is classified as an "Intensive Use Area" under the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP). Whiteface Mountain operates as a year-round recreational, day-use resort, providing opportunities for public use such as competitive and recreational downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and summer scenic gondola rides.

In 2004, ORDA completed a Unit Management Plan (UMP) and Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) for Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. In 2006, the UMP was amended to allow for new ski trail development, modifications to pumphouse #1 and the Easy Acres Lodge, and the construction of a new staff access road.

If you would like to obtain a copy of either the 2004 UMP or the 2006 UMP amendment, please contact ORDA at (518) 523-1655 or info@orda.org.

2015 Draft Amendment - Porcupine Lodge Redevelopment

This amendment proposes the use of Porcupine Lodge as a ski patrol outpost and warming shelter/snack bar for the public. This also includes the construction of a non-permanent, 30'x30' deck on the outside of the structure.

Public Comment Opportunity

The Department will be accepting written comments on the Draft UMP amendment until October 22, 2015. Comments can be submitted to the contact below:

Josh Clague, Natural Resources Planner
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254

Download the 2015 Draft UMP Amendment

2015 Draft Amendment to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center UMP - PDF (1.75 MB)

2013 Amendment - Little Whiteface Communication System

This amendment proposes the redevelopment of the existing Little Whiteface ski patrol building and the installation of antenna systems for a public safety radio communication system and improved ski patrol services.

Download the 2013 UMP Amendment

2013 Amendment to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan - PDF (10.82 MB) - this is a large file and may take a long time to download. As an alternative, individual sections are available for download below.

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