Lookout Mountain – Whiteface, NY

The Lookout Mountain Expansion opened in 2008 with three trails and this Doppelmayr CTEC fixed grip triple.
Lift overview.
The loading zone and operator house.
Steep lift line.
Top bullwheel and tower 16.
The return is a CTEC Orion model.
Breakover towers near the summit.
Looking down at T13.
Tower 14 anchored to bedrock.
View from the top shack.
Idler sheaves.
Unloading ramp.
Riding up the line.
Middle lift line – very steep.
Tower 12.
Breakover towers.

7 thoughts on “Lookout Mountain – Whiteface, NY

  1. Collin Parsons January 22, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    As of January 22nd, 2019, this lift still has not opened for the season and they haven’t even started to make snow on the main trail off of it. I think it’s the only completed and currently inspected lift in the country that still hasn’t opened. Pretty pathetic for ORDA to let the newest lift on the mountain and the entire expansion it serves sit and rot. New York State taxpayers paid many millions of dollars to build the lift and cut the trail and they need to be utilized appropriately.


    • Kai Glidden January 23, 2019 / 12:51 pm

      Disappointing, especially for such a new beautiful Doppelmayr. Is there still not enough natural to open any of the terrain over there?


      • Collin Parsons January 23, 2019 / 1:02 pm

        I’m not sure about that but they need to make snow to open it consistently, which they flat out refuse to do.


        • Teddy's Lift World January 23, 2019 / 2:31 pm

          I’m going to Whiteface in a week and hope to ride it, but it probably won’t run. It is kind of like Slide Brook in the way that it never runs because they refuse to run it.


        • Collin Parsons January 23, 2019 / 3:59 pm

          It takes about a week of snowmaking to open the main trail off of it. If they don’t start by this weekend, they won’t have it open for the next weekend.


  2. Collin Parsons January 28, 2019 / 11:31 am

    This lift has a similar backstory to the Palisades Quad at Red Lodge Mountain. The installation and expansion were controversial from the very start and faced major backlash from environmental lobbying groups. It is in an area declared sensitive bird habitat and required large amounts of blasting. New York State jumped the gun on building it and didn’t do any snowmaking upgrades to accompany the expanded terrain. As of January 28th, 2019 they are now making snow on the main trail off of the lift but have still not opened it yet. There has been at least one year when it didn’t open at all.


  3. Miles June 11, 2019 / 8:57 am

    This lift thankfully did open for the 18/19 season, I rode it in mid February, and trail conditions were good, except for some ice on Hoyt’s High.


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