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Olympic Regional Development Authority

The mountains may not be as big in the East, but that doesn’t mean there are no monster drops east of the Rockies. Beating out both Mammoth and Vail in true top-to-bottom footage, Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks stacks over 3,200 feet of continuous vertical from its top station to the base lodge, making it the biggest North American descent outside the West. Go figure that it was the site of alpine skiing events in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.