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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Whiteface Mountain

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WILMINGTON, N.Y. -

Even though Christmas has passed, Mother Nature has provided skiers and riders with the belated gift of abundant natural snow. In fact, Whiteface has received more than 2 feet in the last week. This is making for some enjoyable, mid-winter conditions.

"It's amazing," said Matthew Conroy of Long Island, N.Y. "It's unbelievable. Yesterday was great; today is even better. There's powder, it's light, there's no ice at all. It's a beautiful day."

The recent snowfall has allowed Whiteface to open up about 70 trails. The weather systems that brought the snow have also ushered in some bitterly cold temperatures. If you do venture to the slopes, remember to dress appropriately.

"Dressing in layers is very helpful, especially with newer technology fabrics. The old-fashioned cotton socks have been sworn off by an entire generation of skiers and outdoors-people. And so we advocate for the newer, higher technology fabrics that breathe and help maintain warmth," said Dr. William Smith, a volunteer "ski doc" at Whiteface Mountain.

If you do find yourself getting excessively cold, it's a good idea to take a break.

"We go in a couple of times," said Sydney Ofiara of Toronto. "We have warmers in our hands and we have lots of layers, so we are good."

With the appropriate gear, you can experience all that Whiteface has to offer. In fact, this season Whiteface has added an air bag, which opened just about a week ago. But how does it work?

"You ski off a ramp or kicker, you go high into the air and you land safely on your feet or on your back depending on your ability level. And it's a great way to try something new and show off in front of your friends," explained Jon Lundin of Whiteface Mountain.

The air bag allows skiers and riders of all ability levels to safely try jumps and tricks, while getting quite a rush.

"It's really fun. It's a little nerve-wracking going in, but once you hit the jump it's completely safe and you can try anything," said Mark Bondi of Brewster, N.Y.

Good snow conditions are universally being reported at lots of area ski resorts. And with more cold temperatures in the forecast, the outlook for skiers and riders is bright for the New Year.

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