Lake Placid Loppet: Big Changes for 2015

Last year, following another weather-related postponement to March, the Lake Placid Loppet organizers signaled their intention to move the race to March permanently.  OK.  But like many, I was surprised to find the early registration fee for the Loppet also jumped to $99.00 this year.  For those keeping score at […]

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Skiing Mount van Hoevenberg

This video of Mount van Hoevenberg is from the days bookending the Loppet.  Sorry, no race footage: I ain’t wearing a camera whilst racing.  The one time I brought a camera along in a race – during the Escarpment Trail Run, for a story in Trail Runner – was a mild disaster.

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Whither Mount van Hoevenberg?

Mount van Hoevenberg, the historic venue that hosted the cross-country events of the 1980 Winter Olympics, is at a crossroads.  While the trail system remains one of the most challenging in the U.S, it hasn’t been updated to accommodate modern race formats.  In recent years, ORDA spent millions to build […]

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Cross-Country Skiing in New York

The first time I happened on the New York Ski Blog  might have been an internet search for Plattekill, as my alpine skiing friends extol the virtues of that Catskills mountain.  So I browsed through it and moved on.  Months later, jonesing for snow, I went back there one night. […]

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Skiing at Mount van Hoevenberg

Although this weekend’s Harry Eldridge races were cancelled, I drove to Lake Placid anyway to get some skiing in.  New snow fell on a base that had been turned into boilerplate, opening up the cross-country side of Mount van Hoevenberg.

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Looking for Snow in Lake Placid

It had to end sooner or later.  After two awesome winters, this one is starting out with a whimper.  With heavy rain saturating their base of manmade snow, Rumford ME’s Black Mountain postponed the first day of competition at the National Championships.  Craftsbury is reporting conditions on their three k loop […]

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