Face Lift – Whiteface, NY

Face Lift replaced a CTEC triple and is the main lower mountain lift.
Towers 1 and 2.
The drive station seen from Cloudsplitter.
Departure side of the bottom station.
Lower part of the lift line.
A tower set right into a stream. 1,976 might refer to the elevation.
The middle part of the line.
Uni-G upper terminal.
Side view of the return.
Unloading area.
Another look down the line.
The entire lift seen from Whiteface Mountain.
Top station and last tower from Lookout Mountain.
Near the bottom terminal.
View up the line.
Tower 3.
Lift line overview.
Side view of the drive.
Riding up the line in winter.
Middle part of the line.
View back down.
The final few towers.
Doppelmayr Worldbook entry.

9 thoughts on “Face Lift – Whiteface, NY

  1. Muni October 16, 2018 / 2:35 am

    I remember “1976” being cast into the concrete base of the stream in the original tandem lift (which was built in 1976). That said, the stream tower is awfully close to the 2000′ topo line in google maps …


    • Collin Parsons October 16, 2018 / 5:11 am

      I believe that footing was reused from the original double-double which was installed in 1976.


      • snowbasinlocal12894 January 3, 2019 / 7:21 pm

        Nice looking lift. But if water gets in that stream tower not good at all. It would be the same thing that happend to the excalibur gondola at whistler blackcomb. Ice jacking.


  2. Collin Parsons February 24, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    I think this lift has 6-pack line gauge. If you compare to the Andesite lift at The Yellowstone Club it is significantly wider. I think they were trying to get better swing clearance for wind.

    Also it should be noted that this lift actually decreased capacity over the lifts it replaced. The Valley Triple was 1630/hr and the Mid Station Shuttle Double was 1200/hr for a combined capacity of 2830. The Facelift has enough chairs for 2000, but is typically run at about 850 feet per minute so the capacity is closer to 1700.

    The gondola’s throughput is similar to that of the former Mid Station Shuttle Double so really it’s about the same as pre-gondola. Many people said that they shouldn’t have removed Mid Station Shuttle, so they are going to bring it back with the new Bear Quad which will be on an extended alignment and end in the vicinity of the mid mountain lodge.


  3. icefaceny October 20, 2021 / 11:45 am

    I still hate the fact the base area requires you to either walk uphill to this lift, or take mixing bowl and ski around which is slow and a little demeaning somehow. Isn’t bear starting in it’s previous alignment? It will suffer from the same issue. Not entirely sure it’s too bad of an issue because everyone laps the gondola anyways, but I’m still not sure why they didn’t just start this lift next to the gondola, especially considering the tight clearances when departing bottom terminal.

    Also still unsure why the trumpets are orange


    • icefaceny October 20, 2021 / 1:30 pm

      Mixing bowl was removed. You still have to walk up to this lift which isn’t ideal though


    • pbropetech January 15, 2022 / 10:40 am

      The trumpets are painted on many lifts. I’ve seen red and yellow as well. I painted mine yellow on the old Flyer. There’s no rhyme or reason, just adding some colour since most lift paint jobs in the United States are either restricted because of Forest Service guidelines, or just boring basic black to begin with.


      • Joe Blake January 15, 2022 / 7:36 pm

        Doesn’t paint deaden the tone? I thought there were mutes for that.
        You’re welcome. I’ll be here all week.


  4. Donald Reif January 15, 2022 / 10:16 am

    They’ve replaced the safety bars with new ones that have the puck footrests.


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