The Whiteface ski area will host the Classic of ski mountaineering

Dawn Patrol at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. Photo from the Mountaineer website.

For the third consecutive winter, the Alpinist had to cancel his annual off-piste skiing festival due to a lack of snow.

The Keene Valley store had planned to host the festival this weekend. As usual, a variety of hikes and off-piste skiing courses were on the program.

Ironically, the region sees snow today after a prolonged thaw.

“You can’t be frustrated; it’s time, ”said Dustin Ulrich, a mountaineer. “There’s not much you can do about it.”

Ulrich said the Mountaineer staff plan to discuss whether or how to continue the ski festival in the future. “We have to sit down as a team and decide where to go from here,” he said.

The good news is that the Mountaineer is sponsoring another event for skiers this month: the second Whiteface ski mountaineering classic. It will take place on March 18 at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area.

Participants will cross the trails of the ski area and ski down to the foot of the mountain. The four mile course involves over 2,500 feet of climbing.

The $ 60 registration fee includes a Whiteface uphill pass valid throughout the 2019 season. Profits will go to the New York Ski Educational Foundation and the Keene Valley Ski Club.

Ulrich said the mountaineer intended to continue the classic ski mountaineering in the years to come. Since Whiteface is snowy, this event is less dependent on the weather.

The climber hopes to have thirty to forty participants this year, although Ulrich expects the number to increase in the future.