Summit – Whiteface, NY

In 1997, Garaventa CTEC replaced a Riblet double in this alignment with the current fixed grip quad.
The old lift had a midstation, which you can see in the upper part of this poto.
The bottom drive/tension station and tower 1.
Lift overview.
A four tower breakover.
Orion top station.
Towers 15, 16 and 17.
Look closely and you can see the old Riblet midstation along with the top of Face Lift.
The very steep lift line.
Return bullwheel.
The upper terminal seen from near Whiteface Mountain’s actual summit.
Riding up the long lift line.
View back down.
Arriving up top.

6 thoughts on “Summit – Whiteface, NY

  1. Teddy's Lift World January 30, 2019 / 5:11 am

    This should really be a detachable. Whiteface should replace this with a Doppelmayr UNI-G similar to Face Lift and move Summit to replace Bear.


    • Collin Parsons January 30, 2019 / 7:15 am

      I like this idea, though I’d go for a bubble-6 here. However the general consensus in the ORDA management brain trust is that it’s too windy, and I doubt they’d do things like take the chairs off every night to prevent icing. They always defer maintenance and try to save money anywhere they can in operations, and they NEVER listen to feedback from customers.


      • julestheshiba March 18, 2021 / 10:13 pm

        the image of government efficiency and why it does not improve customer experience


        • icefaceny November 10, 2021 / 11:29 am

          Of course, ORDA still sprung millions for Belleyare’s gondi, “just because WF and Gore had gondolas”. Gore’s cabins were more dead than Cloudsplitter’s Gangloffs (with heated seats), yet cloudsplitter got the upgrade first. It’s true that the upgrade improved a lot, but wind is still a problem in a lot of areas on the mountain.


        • icefaceny November 10, 2021 / 11:32 am

          Example: summits lift line. I wonder if they could use higher capacity line equipment with lower capacity chairs like with face lift if they do go with a detatch in the future?


  2. Michael Dufort March 6, 2021 / 11:31 am

    Wasn’t this lift a triple after the Riblet double but before the quad?


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