• Whiteface Lodge

    Deck of the Whiteface Lodge, at the foot of Little Whiteface and Whiteface mountains

  • Grounds

    Looking out over the grounds of the area, many local vendors set up tents to show off their homemade products every year.

  • Cloudsplitter Gondola

    The quickest way to the top of Little Whiteface! 

  • Yodelers

    A group of 3 yodelers and their alphorns, these instruments were traditionally used for communicating mountaintop to mountaintop in the past.

  • Yodeler Show

    Inside the Whiteface Lodge, the Yodelers teamed up with a traditional German band, DSB die Schlauberger.

  • Traditional Accordion Player

    I really wish this photo came out better. Oh well!

  • Selfie!

    This guy was awesome.

  • Up the cloudsplitter!

    Can't beat that view! This is why I love the Adirondacks.

  • Looking down

    Halfway up the mountain, looking down.

  • Base camp

    A better view of the festivities below. The line across the picture is the arm-size cable hauling our gondola to the summit.

  • Almost to the top!

    Nearly there! And an amazing view of the surrounding mountains.

  • Yodeling

    We met our yodeling friends from earlier, they were demonstrating how sound from their alphorns could be bounced off other mountains and heard echoing. Very neat demo!

  • Whiteface

    Facing the opposite direction as the previous photo, the view of Whiteface from Little Whiteface.

  • Alphorns

    The business end of some of these horns. Looking east.

  • Locking horns
  • Horn artwork

    Very pretty!

  • Trails

    Facing north, a good view of the ski trails connecting the two mountains.

  • Summit

    A short distance from the gondola drop-off, the peak of Little Whiteface.

  • Tribute

    A tribute to soldiers of a local division in WWII, a gift from Italy.

  • Olympic Ski Jumps

    Not the best photo, but I think it came out alright considering the range was about 12 miles.

  • Olympic Bobsled Runs

    Another long distance shot at about 8 miles, the Olympic Bobsled run at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

  • Lake Placid

    Facing west, the view of Lake Placid from the mountain.

  • Ticket

    My "Cannon" and my ticket.

Every October, the ski resort at Whiteface Mountain has a small Oktoberfest. Traditional German music, food, beer, and demonstrations are featured, and many local vendors come to show off their homemade crafts.

This is the first time I've gone in many years, and the first time I went being older than 21! It's a ton of fun and is definitely worth checking out if you're in the area during the skiing offseason.

The atmosphere at these events is always awesome, it's friendly and inviting. And I'll never forget the angry-sounding accordionist saying "Drink the beer, Now" in his thick accent.

Beer connoisseur? Does your town hold an Oktoberfest? Tell me about it in the comments!

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