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Storm leaves scar on Whiteface

June 2, 2011
By MIKE LYNCH - Outdoors Writer (mlynch@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Heavy rain late last week caused a landslide on Whiteface Mountain, expanding an existing slide.

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center General Manager Bruce McCulley said he believes the landslide occurred Friday evening when a storm came through the area. Many roads were washed out after Wilmington was hit by flash flooding Friday.

This landslide occurred on what is known as Slide 3, in a backcountry area of Whiteface that is only opened to skiers when there is enough natural snow and staff has determined there is a minimal threat of avalanches.

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Heavy rains caused a landslide on Whiteface Mountain late last week, expanding the existing “Slide 3.”
(Photo illustration by Whiteface Mountain Ski Center)

McCulley said the landslide didn't damage any infrastructure on the mountain, but there is a pile of debris where it stopped. He did say the spring rains have caused some areas to be washed out and there were some other little slides in other places.

McCulley said it will be a while before it's known how the slide will affect skiing this winter.

"Obviously there will be a larger area that's treeless there," McCulley said. "Slide 3 was skied before, but now it's wider. I guess it will remain to be seen how it affects the snowpack and everything in there. Stability of the snowpack and how the snow collects will change some, too. We obviously won't know that for a while."

 
 

 

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