Lake has been part of that design since the resort’s first season. He helped get the resort built, and he’s been part of the close-knit community guiding Whitewater ever since.
That community has overseen the most visible change at Whitewater in recent memory: replacing the iconic two-seater Summit Chair with a new fixed-grip quad. It’s the sort of subtle evolution that, along with the resort’s other upgrades – opening up the lower lodge floorplan, moving rentals and repairs to a new building, relocating guest services to its own outbuilding – keep the focus on skiing big lines, rather than standing in them.
And the skiing is superlative.
Lake and other regulars rave about the consistent, and consistently good, quality of the snow that falls on Whitewater every year – some 40 feet of it altogether. Thanks to the resort’s location, it tends to milk more out of passing storms than nearby peaks. And the snow that falls stays protected from the elements.
That makes it easy for out-of-area skiers to plan a trip in advance and be confident in the quality of skiing when they get there.
Capped by Ymir Peak – a name aptly reflecting the peak’s fierce, primeval face – Whitewater offers steep, snowghost-framed terrain and expansive backcountry access. Perfectly spaced glades make for some of the best steep tree skiing in the region. On a powder day, pick an untracked shot down the Sleepers Glades, off the top of the quad, for fast alleys and pillow lines.