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by Philip Johnson


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Ski season in Upstate NY

World Cup slalom, giant slalom event comes to Killington

Months of bad sliding will come to a spectacular end this weekend when the fastest women gate skiers on the planet come to our area for World Cup slalom and giant slalom competition Saturday and Sunday at Killington. This will be the first time a World Cup event has been ...

Poor snow season hurt Eastern ski areas

If you are still skiing, give a salute to the groomers who work overnight pushing snow around and massaging the surface to make good sliding possible. In the winter just passed, with little natural snowfall and temperatures often too mild for regular snowmaking, it has been the guys who work ...

Now's a good time to hunt for bargains

This is the time when passes for next year are on sale, so even if your gear is already on the rack, take a look at the savings being offered for planning ahead.

Blazer celebrates 20 years with ORDA

The announcement came as a surprise. After 11 years under the strong-willed management of Ned Harkness followed by brief terms from local high school athletic director Ray Pratt and prominent ski executive Bob Fries, the new president of the Lake Placid-based Olympic Regional Development Authority would be 40-year-old Ted Blazer, ...

Rexford’s Petro wins twice

Temperatures were more suggestive of tee times than ski times last weekend, but you wouldn’t know from all the races held in our area. There were state and regional championships in both Alpine and Nordic disciplines at Lake Placid and at Gore, a Kandahar competition at Windham, plus a two-day ...

Groomers play major role in fixing trails

If you are not ready to hang up the skis just yet, give the people who groom your favorite area a hug. Most years around here, March is the month we wait for. With longer and milder days, this is normally the time when conditions on the hill are the ...

Biesemeyer having great year

Here’s today’s quiz. Recently, World Cup ski athletes were at Jeongseon, South Korea, to compete on what will be the Alpine race venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics. A skier from the Adirondacks turned in the best performance for the Americans in the super-G event. Who was it? Andrew Weibrecht ...

Road trip to Colorado was just perfect

Conditions had been sketchy. It was too warm for snowmaking. There was no snow in the forecast.
What is a skier to do?
Road Trip!

The right goggles make skiing easier in sunlight

You have to see it to ski it. Sounds simple, right? Well it should be. After all, it is you, on skis, on snow. What can be difficult about that? When the sun is out and there is new snow freshly groomed, there shouldn’t be a problem for anyone, novice ...

Happy children make for happy skiers

Every parent knows the secret to a great ski trip: Happy kids! Once youngsters have a little experience on the hill, it is easy. Feed them a good breakfast, dress them warmly and pick a place and time to meet. However, if they are new to skiing, or just getting ...

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