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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Sugarloaf Marathon Slushfest Sufferfest

With the Lake Placid Loppet cancelled, the carnage that was this winter’s messed-up race season was complete.  Every race I’d planned on entering was cancelled.  At the last minute, I registered for the Sugarloaf Marathon.  It sounds like a damn fool thing to drive 500 miles – ONE way – […]

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Magic Carpet Ride: Spring Skiing Virginia Style

About a year ago, my good friend Andrey Revyakin relocated to Virginia from California.  After backcountry skiing and hiking all across the Sierra Nevada, and after skiing all over Royal Gorge,  it was a big adjustment to come to snow-challenged metropolitan DC.  Andrey’s been rollerskiing, cycling and skiing at Whitegrass.

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Prospect Mountain, Alive and Well

“There’s an aesthetic component to skiing,” Bud Fisher said.  He was so right on Sunday. Sun glinted off ice-coated tree branches under bluebird skies.  For a change in this dry winter, there was deep snow high on Prospect Mountain.  Only an occasional truck laboring over Bennington Gap punctuated the quiet. […]

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Prospect Mountain Opens

After waiting for what seemed like forever, Prospect Mountain finally opened this weekend.  My daughter and I set out on dawn patrol Monday to ski. We took Laurel’s favorite loop, out to Hobbit Hollow via the Troll Road.  While there were bits of grass sticking up here and there, the […]

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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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