• Mud Pond and Round Pond Paddling

    Mud Pond and Round Pond Paddling
    The Adirondacks are filled with hidden gems, this is clearly one of the things that makes them such a special place. Expansive grandeur and intimacy can be found everywhere and a few years ago we discovered one of these special places in our own backyard, in Thurman. Mud Pond and Round Pond are the headwaters of Mill Creek, located upstream from Garnet Lake. They can be accessed via Mud Pond Road, about halfway to Little Pond when traveling from Johnsburg » Read More »
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  • McCauley Mountain Hike

    McCauley Mountain Hike
    During the winter months, Mccauley is the center of the Old Forge community. The mountain is always busy with after school programs, live music and a variety of food specials in the lodge. It was a much different case a few weekends ago when Farah and I decided to hike the mountain. Overgrown grass and a lack of cars in the parking lot may convince the unknowing that the resort is abandoned. Upon closer inspection though you’ll see the well-maintained » Read More »
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  • The Only Game in Town

    The Only Game in Town
    It’s the middle of summer but if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re spending at least a little bit of time every day thinking about skiing. Maybe not every day but often enough. It seems the hotter it gets, the more I miss the feeling of sliding on snow. When I was younger, I thought that by this point in my life, I’d be spending at least two or three weeks of every summer down in Chile or » Read More »
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  • Paddling Lake Sebago NY

    Paddling Lake Sebago NY
    Lake Sebago, at 310 acres, is the biggest lake in Harriman State Park. It’s name supposedly means “big water” in Algonquin, though Wikipedia didn’t indicate which Algonquin language that was. My guide books don’t include that information either. Hopefully it’s from the Lenape language since they lived in the area prior to the Europeans arriving. On the other hand, Lake Sebago didn’t exist in precolonial times. It was created in 1925 by damming a section
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  • Lightning Strikes Plattekill

    Lightning Strikes Plattekill
    Just before 3pm on Tuesday July 12, intense “straight line” storms came through the Catskills. In Delaware County the weather was extreme for several minutes. At Plattekill, the storm passed and after that, at the end of the workday, employees went home. At 5:45 pm an alert neighbor saw smoke rising from the base of the ski area and called it in. Based on the timing and nature of the storm, those on the ground believed that lightning struck the » Read More »
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  • Lake Kanawauke Paddle

    Lake Kanawauke Paddle
    So far, my summer kayaking plan has been working out pretty good. I haven’t done big trips but I’ve gotten in a lot quick paddles on the lakes in Harriman park. Like always, parking has been an issue at Harriman. Making things worse, Lake Welch has been closed due to a toxic algae bloom. Lake Welch has a huge beach and parking lot that would normally absorb a big percentage of the picnickers who show up to grill and swim » Read More »
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  • A Fresh Start on the Mountain That Changed Her Life

    A Fresh Start on the Mountain That Changed Her Life
    Reggie Clark and Jamie MoCrazy met in 2017, two years after she suffered a traumatic brain injury during a skiing competition on Whistler Mountain. In May, they returned to marry.
  • Hinckley Reservoir Paddle

    Hinckley Reservoir Paddle
    Growing up in the Finger Lakes, I was unaware of the many other bodies of water that populate NY. Since moving to Utica I’ve made it my mission to find new water. There are plenty of gems to discover in Central NY. One of my favorites is Hinckley Reservoir. At first we hung out at the aptly named “Beer Can Beach” where locals shore their boats and party. These days my approach is a little more relaxed, trading out the » Read More »
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  • Jewelry Under the Sun

    Jewelry Under the Sun
    As traveling resumes, luxury brands are chasing customers in vacation locations.
  • Life is Short but Days are Long

    Life is Short but Days are Long
    “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time” my father would joke, in the days before he passed, just a few years ago.  He was known for having a good time. After his passing I decided to up my game. I committed myself to getting out on at least one big trip a year, on the longest days of the year, to test myself. A celebration of life and light with some type 2 fun » Read More »
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  • Snow business: how to care for ski attire

    Snow business: how to care for ski attire
    From drying puffers with tennis balls to washing jackets inside out, here’s how to ensure your technical gear lasts long after the ski season is overGet Guardian Australia’s weekend culture and lifestyle email and listen to our podcastA few weeks ago, on a bitterly cold day, a friend gave me some advice on how to cope with winter. He made a convincing case that the best way to avoid seasonal depression was to get into nature and be in awe of its beauty, no matter the temperature outs
  • The New Trail on Burnt Ridge

    The New Trail on Burnt Ridge
    On a summer day in 2010, I was in Mike Pratt’s office, learning about plans for Burnt Ridge. The Gore GM had a drawing of the area on his desk. It was a topo map, all in done in black, except for one trail, drawn in red pen. It was labeled Barkeater. Mike told me that the trail wasn’t going to be cut right away, for the time being it was being cleared as a glade.  Over the years Barkeater, » Read More »
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  • Paddling Lake Skannatati

    Paddling Lake Skannatati
    Harriman – Bear Mountain State Park is practically in my backyard. I can go on short notice without a lot of preparation for a quick nature fix or a little exercise. Sometimes that takes the form of a hike up Bear Mountain or another trail and sometimes I’ll venture out in winter to skin up the long defunct Silvermine Ski Area and make a few casual turns. My original attraction to the park was it’s lakes. They’re ideal for a » Read More »
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  • The Catskills: From the Outside Looking In

    The Catskills: From the Outside Looking In
    My home ski mountain, Hunter, has views of 10 or 11 of the 35 Catskill High Peaks from various locations around the ski area. The summit of Hunter Mountain proper (4,040’) is believed to be the Catskill location with views of more Catskill High Peaks than any other location. Needless to say, Hunter skiers enjoy great views of the Catskills from the inside, looking out. With this off-season photo essay, I’m trying to turn that perspective around, and show views » Read More &raqu
  • Killington: Still Going in 2022

    Killington: Still Going in 2022
    I really did think I was done for the year when I skied Gore on the first day of May. I guess the accounts I was seeing from skiers’ social media inspired me. The pictures of Killington’s Superstar were especially enticing. As much as I enjoy watching video of people climbing and skiing Tuckerman Ravine or stitching together sketchy lines on the remaining patches of snow at closed resorts, I don’t really have the time to squeeze that kind of » Read More »
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  • NY Skiing: Financing the Future

    NY Skiing: Financing the Future
    This spring ORDA approved a plan to invest $91.7M in Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre and Mount van Hoevenberg. Funds were appropriated for a variety of projects including new and improved lifts, lodges, snowmaking and other infrastructure. The most high profile projects include a $19.7M lodge at the North Creek Ski Bowl and a $16.5M two-stage detachable quad at Whiteface. This is the latest in a series of transformational infrastructure upgrades for New York’s state-run ski areas that has spann
  • Gary Hinkley: 1937-2022

    Gary Hinkley: 1937-2022
    ROXBURY NY Gary Allen Hinkley passed peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the age of 85. Born on Sept. 27, 1937, to Harold and Ethel Hinkley of Meeker Hollow NY, Gary was a lifelong resident of Roxbury. His love for his family and the town ran deep. In 1957, he married the love of his life, and his favorite dance partner, Bonnie Price, on Easter Sunday. Gary had a long career of building homes and commercial structures in the » Read More »
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  • Sports in Norway, Like Skiing and Bobsledding, Face Threat From Warming Arctic

    Sports in Norway, Like Skiing and Bobsledding, Face Threat From Warming Arctic
    Skiing, hiking and dogsledding will never be the same in Svalbard, Norway, which has warmed more than twice as quickly as the rest of the Arctic. The islands may be isolated, but the changes aren’t.
  • Stonetown Circular Trail

    Stonetown Circular Trail
    If the Paris – Roubaix bicycle race is called L’Enfer du Nord — the hell of the north — then I submit that Norvin Green State Forest’s Stonetown Circular Trail qualifies as L’Enfer de Ringwood. The 55+ kilometers of cobblestone sections in the bike race are a severe test of bike handling and endurance. The technical, straight-up-and-down-the-fall-line climbs in Stonetown test a trail runner’s endurance and joint integrity. This spring, people have floode
  • Gore Mountain: May 1 2022

    Gore Mountain: May 1 2022
    In March, when I first heard rumors of Gore’s plan to spin lifts on May 1st, I didn’t think it would happen. The base looked deep and the forecast was cold, but May Day was a far off destination. If nothing else, the now famous leaked Ops calendar convinced me of ORDA’s commitment to the effort. Holding up my end requires some commitment too. It’s a challenge to get up for a long drive north, whether it’s the middle of » Read More »
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  • The Re-Opening Belle

    The Re-Opening Belle
    Something is in the water this year, up in Lake Placid, at ORDA.  Maybe it’s Snowmax. At all three mountains, the snow was deeper than any time in recent memory, and maybe deeper than ever. This season, the three state-run hills were the last to operate in NY, and it wasn’t even close. Belleayre closed for the last time on April 23, while Gore and Whiteface are still shooting for Sunday May 1.  This year a new closing date record » Read More »
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  • Gore Mountain: Good Friday

    Gore Mountain: Good Friday
    When Gore is one of NY’s last men standing — and you have a season pass, and a beautiful day off, and you’re a wannabe ski writer — you’re going to ski it and write about it. That’s how it goes. More Gore. This spring there have been rumors at Gore about pushing the season to the first weekend in May. I haven’t seen this done at Gore, since 2008, when I started keeping track. Then evidence of a conspiracy » Read More »
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  • What makes a great season?

    What makes a great season?
    The season’s not over, but the approaching end has me looking back. For the second year in a row it looks like I’ll hit 25 days, significantly below my long term average of 35. It was also the second consecutive season where snowfall was below average, especially in areas closest to home. Still, I find myself thinking I had a great season. How can that be, it makes no sense? It is so, in part, because greatness is relative. It’s » Read More »
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  • Flower Shop Rail Jam at Snow Ridge

    Flower Shop Rail Jam at Snow Ridge
    Despite the rapid approach of the end of the season, I’ve had an amazing few weeks. I followed up BB2 with a deep Monday at Jay Peak. Then this weekend I hit up the second annual Flower Skateshop Rail Jam at Snow Ridge. Like Berms and Brews the park jam this become one of my favorite events. This year the guys from FlowerSkateShop and Snow Ridge really upped their game. Saturday morning was still crispy at 9:30am when I pulled » Read More »
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  • Catskill Skiing: A Photo Essay

    Catskill Skiing: A Photo Essay
    I’ve been skiing the Catskills my entire skiing life, starting in the 1970s. The Catskills are my home mountains for outdoor recreation. Over the past few seasons, I’ve taken up landscape photography while skiing. My hope is to share the beauty of Catskill skiing through these images. Over the past 15 years, Hunter became my home mountain, hands down. Once known as the “Snowmaking Capital of the World”, Hunter still knows how to cover the mountain with good man-made snow.
  • Jay Peak: When It Rains It Snows

    Jay Peak: When It Rains It Snows
    Storms are fickle things on the east coast, especially in March. A storm raise ropes at one ski resort and drop ropes at another. While it was raining in much of ski country the Jay Cloud was forming just south of the Canadian border. Cam, John and I trekked north to chase some late March pow. We arrived Monday before lifts started spinning, and scored ourselves an upfront parking spot. In defense of March, that is one of the perks » Read More »
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  • Hunt Hollow: Berms, Bruises and Brews 2

    Hunt Hollow: Berms, Bruises and Brews 2
    For the second year in a row, snowboarders across New York gathered on a dreary spring morning at the Hunt Hollow ski club. They walked through the rain and mud, six packs in hand, to enter Berms, Bruises and Brews 2. The snowboarding community came to celebrate the sport we love. As I walked to the lodge Saturday morning, it felt more like a family reunion than a race meet. I was greeted by loads of familiar faces including those » Read More »
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  • Greek Peak: Ontario Powder Day

    Greek Peak: Ontario Powder Day
    I pointed it out before, the tail is now wagging the dog. My ski destination choices are now about more than proximity, snowfall and terrain. There are now other questions to be addressed. Have I been to a ski area before or is it new to my list? When was the last time we featured the area on the front page? Can I find someone to ski with me? Editorially for us, New York ski areas are best, VT a » Read More »
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  • Greek Peak: Ontario Powder

    Greek Peak: Ontario Powder
    I pointed it out before, the tail is now wagging the dog. My ski destination choices are now about more than proximity, snowfall and terrain. There are now other questions to be addressed. Have I been to a ski area before or is it new to my list? When was the last time we featured the area on the front page? Can I find someone to ski with me? Editorially for us, New York ski areas are best, VT a » Read More »
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  • Piste of the action: Orelle is the perfect base for late season skiing in France

    Piste of the action: Orelle is the perfect base for late season skiing in France
    In the Trois Vallées, new cable cars whisk skiers up to some of the Alps’ highest slopes – perfect for skiing into May. And a high altitude zipwire adds to the thrillsThe last run of the day is often a scrum as everyone hurtles down the same slope in pursuit of an après-ski beer. As the afternoon light faded, I was cruising from the 3,000-metre Col de Thorens down an empty piste, wondering where everyone else was. Val Thorens, probably, or Les Menuires or Méribel
  • Belleayre Run

    Belleayre Run
    Confession time, but I doubt any of the NYSB authors will be surprised; I’ve got a bit of an OCD thing going on. I obsess about numbers, among other things. With just a few exceptions, the only truly legitimate numbers are even, and some even numbers are better than others. The best numbers are divisible by other even numbers like 12, 16, 24 or 36. It effects me at work, slowing me down when I have to set column widths » Read More »
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  • Former Paralympic Coach Comes ‘Full Circle’ After Losing a Leg

    Former Paralympic Coach Comes ‘Full Circle’ After Losing a Leg
    Jon Kreamelmeyer, whose right leg was amputated last year, prefers to see it as a transformation rather than a disability.
  • Royal Mountain Powder Day

    Royal Mountain Powder Day
    Sitting on my porch in shorts today, it’s hard to believe a week ago I was riding in a big storm. Last week was the best of the season for me, snowboarding six days in a row. Wednesday and Thursday was the finale of night skiing at Woods Valley. I made my last turns under the lights before heading to Gore on Friday with coworkers. Then I set my sights on Royal Mountain for the incoming powder on Saturday. To » Read More »
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  • After Disappointing Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Overall Title

    After Disappointing Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Overall Title
    The skier said she was “embarrassed” by failing to win a medal in any of her five Beijing Olympic events. Turns out she was in it for the yearlong haul.
  • Suicide Six Pilgrimage

    Suicide Six Pilgrimage
    The second coolest thing about Suicide Six is it’s name. Suicide Six. It sounds gnarly and dangerous. According to legend, it got its name when the original owner was contemplating moving his rope tow from a smaller, low pitch parcel across the road. Somebody looked at the steep face of hill number six and declared that trying to ski it would be suicide. That’s a great story. The coolest thing about Suicide Six is that it’s where lift served skiing » Read More »
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  • Whiteface Storm Ski

    Whiteface Storm Ski
    Last week I was going through my weather routine, studying the medium-term forecast, looking for answers to the same four questions. Is it going to snow? What is the best day to ski? Can I get the day off? And finally… where should I ski? For several days, the GFS was highlighting a storm that would slide across New York on Saturday. The timing and intensity of the snowfall favored a Friday evening overnight stay near the mountains. So where » Read More »
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  • Why Big Sky Is Luxurious, Pricey and Maybe the Future of Skiing.

    Why Big Sky Is  Luxurious, Pricey and Maybe the Future of Skiing.
    With lift tickets above $225 and surcharges of up to $100 to ride the tram to the top, the vast Montana resort is delivering a high-end experience. Is it a solution to skiing’s problems?
  • Big Sky Is Sprawling, Luxurious and Pricey. And Maybe the Future of Skiing.

    Big Sky Is Sprawling, Luxurious and Pricey. And Maybe the Future of Skiing.
    With lift tickets above $225 and surcharges of up to $100 to ride the tram to the top, the vast Montana resort is delivering a high-end experience. Is it a solution to skiing’s problems?
  • Paralympics: The Aigners Are a Nation Unto Themselves

    Paralympics: The Aigners Are a Nation Unto Themselves
    The visually impaired siblings and their guides accounted for more medals at the Beijing Paralympics than several powerhouse countries.
  • Depth Of Field – Chip Kalback

    Born in Calgary and raised in Cleveland, I grew up skiing in Northeast Ohio on 200 vertical feet of fun. After college I moved to Colorado in 2006, and started pursuing photography as more than a hobby. My first published photo was taken with a camera I borrowed from a friend for a six pack Read More
  • Sheina Vaspi Shines, but Does Not Compromise, at the Paralympics

    Sheina Vaspi Shines, but Does Not Compromise, at the Paralympics
    Sheina Vaspi’s membership in the Chabad movement of Judaism led to her wearing a skirt on the slopes. But skiing on the Sabbath was a nonstarter.
  • Holimont: Celebrating Telemark

    Holimont: Celebrating Telemark
    Western New York has a strong contingent of telemark skiers. Like the rest of the northeast, each of our ski areas has a passionate group of locals dedicated to making the telemark turn. There is enough of a critical mass to host two telemark festivals, each with their own style and culture. Every year, Holiday Valley hosts Telestock, organized and operated by The City Garage, the Friday after Presidents day. Telestock is a classic celebration of the telemark culture complete » Read More &
  • The End of the Ski Trail Map?

    The End of the Ski Trail Map?
    At ski resorts around the country, the familiar paper map is disappearing, as mountains push skiers to use apps and other digital resources. But some skiers are pushing back.
  • Plattekill: Back with the Tribe

    Plattekill: Back with the Tribe
    I hadn’t been to Plattekill since the NYSkiBlog annual meeting in early January. A week after that great day, I joined a long list of skiers I know who’ve gotten hurt this season, and I was out for a month. I wasn’t happy missing several weeks right in the heart of the season. I also felt I had let Plattekill down. When I first discovered this place, I knew I wanted to help somehow. I kind of assigned myself the » Read More »
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  • Skiing in Glencoe and après in Glasgow: a brilliant Scottish weekend on and off the slopes

    Skiing in Glencoe and après in Glasgow: a brilliant Scottish weekend on and off the slopes
    A new shuttle bus allows for a full day’s skiing in the Highlands followed by a night on the town in GlasgowSkiing in the sun with big-mountain views, dining on cheese fondue and finishing the day in a luxurious hotel room with a beautiful bathtub. It might sound like the stuff of Alpine dreams, but you can keep your wooden chalets and scenic Swiss valleys – I can’t afford them anyway. I’m getting all of this on a ski-and-city break in Glasgow. Well. Sort of.The skiing pa
  • Olympic Silver Medalist From Ukraine Hiding in Kyiv Garage

    Olympic Silver Medalist From Ukraine Hiding in Kyiv Garage
    At the Beijing Games, Oleksandr Abramenko got a hug from a Russian rival in a photo that went viral. This is the latest photo of him.
  • Snow Ridge: Afternoon Deep

    Snow Ridge: Afternoon Deep
    While visiting my parents in the Finger Lakes over the weekend I watched the weather reports. I was surprised to see a late season surge, a large amount of snow headed towards the Tug Hill. Farah and I decided to ski Snow Ridge. It was one of my deepest days, and possibly the best three hours of skiing I’ve ever had. I’m sure the following words or pictures won’t really do it justice. Driving the Thruway it was clear skies » Read More »
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  • Meet Vasu Sojitra: The Athlete Challenging Ideas About What Is Possible

    Meet Vasu Sojitra: The Athlete Challenging Ideas About What Is Possible
    Vasu Sojitra lost his right leg at 9 months. Now 30, he recently completed what is believed to be the first disabled ski descent of Denali. He hopes to encourage others to follow.
  • Meet the Athlete Challenging Ideas About What Is Possible

    Meet the Athlete Challenging Ideas About What Is Possible
    Vasu Sojitra lost his right leg at 9 months. Now 30, he recently completed what is believed to be the first disabled ski descent of Denali. He hopes to encourage others to follow.
  • Jay Peak: Playing the Long Game

    Jay Peak: Playing the Long Game
    Three weeks ago Doug Fish of Indy Pass sent me an email. “I’m coming East, here’s my schedule. When are we skiing together?” I looked at his itinerary and started to weigh my options. I needed some time. When it comes to weather, the farthest out I look is 240 hours. Each day, I do one simple thing; I check the GFS 240 hour snowfall map for the CONUS (aka Continental US). By noting the difference in the map vs » Read More »
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