• The Queen of the Catskills

    The Queen of the Catskills
    We’d never known of Julie McGuire until the pandemic changed everything. All of a sudden it seemed she was all over Facebook ski groups like Ski the East and Skiology posting pictures of the Catskill backcountry, sharing adventures, stoke and her love for great beer. Based in the Hudson Valley, with a clear love for Bearpen, she became known as The Queen of the Catskills, with a t-shirt to prove it. Her irrepressible smile, open-book approach to her own person » Read More »
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  • Mohawk River Kayaking: Down Memory Lane

    Mohawk River Kayaking: Down Memory Lane
    When I wanted to get in a few hours of paddling last weekend, I picked a spot which required no guidebooks, websites, GPS or research of any kind. I decided to put my kayak into the water in a place I’ve known my entire life, in Crescent NY, on the north bank of the Mohawk River, right next to Route 9. My grandfather used to own a gas station there. He bought it in 1946 and lived there in a » Read More »
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  • Sponsorships in Hand, These Athletes Rely on Their Watches

    Sponsorships in Hand, These Athletes Rely on Their Watches
    Lots of competitors are paid as brand ambassadors, but sometimes the connection to a timepiece goes beyond just a paycheck.
  • Indy Pass adds Titus Mountain

    Indy Pass adds Titus Mountain
    The Indy Pass is adding Titus Mountain in Malone NY to its lineup of New York ski areas. The news came as part of a four resort addition including Titus, Montage, Ski Marmot Basin and Snow Valley. New York passholders will now have access to six Indy resorts in the state: Catamount, Greek Peak, Swain Resort, West Mountain and Snow Ridge round out the list. Titus — located in a snowy zone of the northern Adirondacks — is another solid » Read More »
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  • The Ski Wing Murders

    The Ski Wing Murders
    I learned about the Ski Wing Murders in a roundabout way. This summer we’ve been working on the NYSkiBlog Guide, our directory of all kinds of historical data. One goal is to make progress on our Western NY Ski Areas section during this offseason. In the process, we’ve come across information about some great looking NY ski areas that are now gone. Places with Holiday Valley vertical and more than 100 inches of snow in an average year. This peaked » Read More »
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  • Escarpment Trail Run Escapade

    Escarpment Trail Run Escapade
    Memorial Day. No Indianapolis 500 for me, we don’t own a television. At 6 AM, I set out for a raid in the Catskills. I wanted to reprise a run I did 15 years ago as training for the Escarpment Trail Run. Setting out from the western terminus of the Escarpment Trail on Route 23, I planned to go over Windham and Blackhead, the first two peaks in the race. Then turn right, go over Black Dome, drop in to » Read More »
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  • Kayaking Sturgeon Pool

    Kayaking Sturgeon Pool
    Sturgeon Pool is another paddling spot that has been on my list for a long time. It is a relatively wide section of the Wallkill River, just above its confluence with Rondout Creek, where the northward flowing water is imprisoned behind a hydro electric dam. I’ve paddled the Rondout more multiple times, both in the Kingston area up to Creek Locks (a dam built as part of the D&H canal) and above that to just downstream from where the Wallkill » Read More »
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  • ‘It opened my eyes’: Lesotho ski resort goes off-piste to keep workers

    ‘It opened my eyes’: Lesotho ski resort goes off-piste to keep workers
    The pandemic has hit tourism but retraining and a range of initiatives have enabled staff to stay and even hit the slopesMasiane Nthina made her way nervously from the kit room to the slopes. Shuffling with skis on her feet for the first time is not easy.Nthina, an intern at the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, lives close to Afriski Mountain Resort, but had never visited it. She had always viewed the resort as the preserve of the elite and thought that on her meagre wages she could not
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  • Kayaking in Rye NY

    Kayaking in Rye NY
    I’ve had my eye on the Long Island Sound as a paddling destination for a while. I’ve worked in a Westchester County for years and have customers all along the Sound. Driving around the area, I constantly pass by bits of water in New Rochelle or Mamaroneck, that make me say “That looks like it would be fun to paddle. I wonder where I could put in.” That is always the question. Along the Hudson, there are many spots where » Read More »
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  • Season Pass Math Fail?

    Season Pass Math Fail?
    I started cross country skiing at age 30. By the time I was 40, I was fully hooked on snow sliding. I was jonesin’ to ski by Thanksgiving, and often there was no snow in the woods.  I started to ski at Gore. I didn’t buy fixed-heeled gear. I took my 210s and leather boots over to the mountain, bought a ticket at the window, and skied.  For several years, Sunway, Gore’s classic green trail, was all I could handle. » Read More »
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  • ‘Raring to go’: Australia’s ski resorts prepare for a post-pandemic comeback like no other

    ‘Raring to go’: Australia’s ski resorts prepare for a post-pandemic comeback like no other
    After a muted 2020 ski season, alpine towns are hoping heavy snowfall will bring back travellers and revive businesses
    The ski season has arrived, and anticipation is high after the muted, pandemic-affected season in 2020 and the dumping of snow brought by this week’s cold snap in eastern Australia.For Cam Barton, who runs Alpine Sports in Jindabyne, the first snow of the season is always special. Related: Fresh snow blankets NSW as cold weather descends – in picturesContinue reading
  • Haverstraw Bay to George’s Island Park by Kayak

    Haverstraw Bay to George’s Island Park by Kayak
    My plan was a one way paddle from Cold Spring to Beacon. Ever since my son got his driver’s license and we bought a third vehicle, I’ve wanted to take advantage of not having to return to my launch spot when I go paddling. Buying a tandem kayak was the last piece of the puzzle. I researched my route, rearranged cars in the driveway so the two I planned to use were in the back and started gathering up gear. » Read More »
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  • Interview: Geoff Hatheway of Magic Mountain

    Interview: Geoff Hatheway of Magic Mountain
    Over the last several years Magic Mountain has been transformed from a marginal business with neglected infrastructure on the edge of extinction into a ski mountain that looks viable for the long term. Back then, it seemed Magic’s most valuable asset was its small dedicated following. Now, lifts and snowmaking, which were both in desperate need of investment, have been upgraded in a significant way. The responsibility for this renaissance falls squarely on the shoulders of the new ownershi
  • Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest Hike

    Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest Hike
    Since my last trip to Lake Placid in March, I’ve stayed close to home. But recently, being fully vaxxed and in need of a change in scenery, I headed northwest. There’s a last segment of the Shawangunks that I’ve not explored, southwest of Sam’s Point. Diving off Route 17 on to Roosa Gap Road, I picked my way up to Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest. The roads here are narrow, with blind rises and blind curves. For a change, I was » Read More »
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  • Kayaking Beacon NY: Denning’s Point and Fishkill Creek

    Kayaking Beacon NY: Denning’s Point and Fishkill Creek
    It’s been a long time since I set foot in the city of Beacon NY, not since I left a Hudson Valley sales territory for a new job in the metro area over sixteen years ago. I wasn’t very impressed with Beacon back then but I can’t say I was avoiding the place either. Over the years my kayaking excursions have brought me to Newburgh, Cold Spring, Cornwall and other spots nearby. In the meantime I’d been hearing about all » Read More »
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  • Interview: Stuart Winchester of Storm Skiing Journal

    Interview: Stuart Winchester of Storm Skiing Journal
    It may seem like Stuart Winchester came out of nowhere to launch The Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast, one of the most influential new ski media channels in the Northeast. But it’s not true. He didn’t come out of nowhere and his podcast and newsletter are addressing issues that affect the entire industry. His energy combined with some unique skills are propelling The Storm forward. He’s passionate about skiing and writing. He’s got the ability to synthesize information an
  • Craigslist Kayak Adventures

    Craigslist Kayak Adventures
    I’ve wanted to get my hands on a tandem kayak for years now. Not just any tandem though; I wanted a big seaworthy double cockpit, expedition-capable boat. For more casual paddlers, this kind of kayak is more boat then required. Hell, for most of my paddling it is overkill but there are times when my home waters get dangerous. Plus, I occasionally get out on big water and have ambitions towards multi-day trips with my kids in the future so » Read More »
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  • Killington: Welcome to Vermont

    Killington: Welcome to Vermont
    I’ve been waiting so long to get back to Vermont. So long that I before I even skied on Saturday, I’d written this piece, at least an outline of it, in my head. Welcome to Vermont. I was back. But something happened on the way to the forum. My VT re-entry storyline had competition. For starters, a critical mission for me, was a meeting on our land in the Adirondacks, late Friday, with our builder and designer. The objective was » Read More »
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  • Indy Pass adds West Mountain

    Indy Pass adds West Mountain
    Today, the Indy Pass announced the addition of three new ski areas to their lineup, bringing the total number of hills on the pass to 66. All of the resorts who participated this season are returning for the 21/22 season. “The addition of Powder Mountain, Mt. Ashland and West Mountain will have Indy Pass holders from coast-to-coast jumping for joy”, said Indy Pass founder Doug Fish. With the addition of West Mountain — located near the southeastern edge of New » Read More
  • Workers at Exclusive Montana Resort Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement

    Workers at Exclusive Montana Resort Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement
    A group of guest workers from Jamaica had accused the Yellowstone Club and Hospitality Staffing Solutions of shortchanging their wages and tips.
  • Workers Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement With Exclusive Montana Resort

    Workers Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement With Exclusive Montana Resort
    A group of guest workers from Jamaica had accused the Yellowstone Club and Hospitality Staffing Solutions of shortchanging their wages and tips.
  • Mount Snow Chocolate Factory Tour

    Mount Snow Chocolate Factory Tour
    All week I watched its improbable trajectory, spiraling toward the New England high country, an asteroid of a winter storm set to detonate over what little remained of lift-served skiing in what had been a wet and warm spring. I kept waiting for the storm to fizzle or transform into rain or blow north and out to sea. Instead it set a bullseye on southern Vermont. By late in the week, Open Snow was forecasting 18 inches at Mount Snow » Read More »
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  • Gore Mountain Easter Monday

    Gore Mountain Easter Monday
    I’ve been skiing weekdays this season. Obviously crowds are lighter, and it takes some juggling to manage work responsibilities. One loophole, our small company grants a lessor known holiday, Easter Monday. I headed to Gore. It worked out pretty well. I had a 3-day weekend with the family then, after Easter dinner on Sunday, I drove north to our cabin in the Adirondacks. I’d forgotten how weird it feels to load your skis into your car when it’s 65 degrees » Read More &raq
  • Snow Ridge Rail Jam 2021

    Snow Ridge Rail Jam 2021
    Over the past few weeks the park scene momentum has really been building in Upstate NY. Peak‘n Peak has been firing off rail jams all year, Bristol’s Delforte Jam was another huge success and Hunt Hollows Berms, Bruises and Brews was all time. The pinnacle of this stoke was last weekend at the Snow Ridge Postseason Park Jam hosted by Flower Skate Shop. All week social media was blowing up about this event, as riders all across the state declared » Read More »
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  • Whiteface: Time to Rip

    Whiteface: Time to Rip
    It felt like the middle of winter as we walked across the bridge from the River Lot. The night before I dragged my friend Blue up from Utica and we stayed in a cheap hotel. I have chased the powder all year and I was determined to go after this storm too. The 3 hour drive and questionable weather conditions did create some hesitation but the thought process was simple. I didn’t want to be sitting on my couch some » Read More »
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  • Belleayre: Not Giving Up

    Belleayre: Not Giving Up
    It has been a good winter for skiing. In the grand scheme of things, that may be a trivial thing but there it is. I’ve been a nomad this winter. I skied more then ten different hills, including four new ones. Of course nothing lasts forever. The seasons change and we must move on. With the warm weather and impending rain, giving up on the ski season this weekend would have been understandable. But I wasn’t ready to throw in » Read More »
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  • Mikaela Shiffrin Is Focused on the 2022 Beijing Olympics

    Mikaela Shiffrin Is Focused on the 2022 Beijing Olympics
    This winter, Shiffrin didn’t win as often as she usually does, but the ski racer says she is exactly where she needs to be given the pandemic and the death of her father.
  • Hunt Hollow: Berms, Bruises and Brews

    Hunt Hollow: Berms, Bruises and Brews
    I walked through the early morning fog into Hunt Hollows main lodge with a six pack in hand. The beer was part of the registration fee for “Berms, Bruises and Brews” an all snowboard banked race event. The divisions were separated by decades and the top 3 fastest of each division took home a portion of the beer. Part of the money raised was also being donated to upgrade the park at Hunt Hollow. After registering I caught up with » Read More »
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  • Petr Kellner, Czech Billionaire, Is Among 5 Killed in Alaska Heli-Skiing Crash

    Petr Kellner, Czech Billionaire, Is Among 5 Killed in Alaska Heli-Skiing Crash
    Petr Kellner, the wealthiest person in the Czech Republic according to the Forbes list of billionaires, was part of the excursion, according to those who chartered the flight.
  • Czech Billionaire Is Among 5 Killed in Heli-Skiing Crash Near Alaska Glacier

    Czech Billionaire Is Among 5 Killed in Heli-Skiing Crash Near Alaska Glacier
    Petr Kellner, the wealthiest person in the Czech Republic according to the Forbes list of billionaires, was part of the excursion, according to those who chartered the flight.
  • Skiing in Himalayas Is ‘Like a Beautiful Dream,’ Despite Conflict and Coronavirus

    Skiing in Himalayas Is ‘Like a Beautiful Dream,’ Despite Conflict and Coronavirus
    A Kashmir resort is welcoming the highest number of skiers in decades as Indians eager to get outdoors after lockdowns flock there even amid a simmering separatist movement and a security clampdown.
  • Mohawk: Don’t Try This at Home

    Mohawk: Don’t Try This at Home
    By one in the afternoon, we’d already ditched every layer we could and we were still pretty hot. We were having a great day and it wasn’t over yet. Even as the racers’ families were packing up their cars, we were headed back up the lift sans coats. By then it was close to sixty degrees. It was a far cry from my first run of the morning. With my son sleeping soundly down in the parking lot and the » Read More »
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  • Plattekill: The Pull

    Plattekill: The Pull
    As ski season moves into spring, I have to admit, I get weary of the driving. I worry I’ll sleep through the alarm, because secretly I want to sleep in. Ultimately, I answer the call because, as tired as I am, I know I’ll be jazzed, when I arrive at the mountain. Spring presents me with another related challenge. In the same way migratory birds are compelled to take predetermined routes at predetermined times, I can’t escape my drive to » Read More »
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  • Snow Ridge: A Day at The Beach

    Snow Ridge: A Day at The Beach
    This year I’ve really come to appreciate Snow Ridge. I was already a big fan, but this year I really got to know the hill. I’ve been fortunate over the years to ride with some well versed locals and even Nick Mir himself, but this year I explored on my own. I went deeper into the Snow Pocket than ever before and like Thoreau on a snowboard, came out a new man. All that sweet powder I rode earlier in » Read More »
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  • Mount Peter: Spring into Action

    Mount Peter: Spring into Action
    Skiers have an ambiguous attitude towards springtime. When the weather turns warm around this time of year, we know that ski season will end soon. On the other hand, spring skiing is tons of fun. That’s why, last week, when the snow in my front yard disappeared, my emotional reaction wasn’t one of despondency. I admit I was jealous of the people who were able to get away midweek to make some spring turns while I worked. My social media » Read More »
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  • The Freestyle Ski Star Eileen Gu Has a Warning About TikTok Diets

    The Freestyle Ski Star Eileen Gu Has a Warning About TikTok Diets
    The skier, who is competing in the World Cup in Aspen, has some beauty and fitness tips, too.
  • Hunter Mountain First Melt

    Hunter Mountain First Melt
    Spring skiing is something you can count on. Or at least it feels that way. As the inexorable warming that starts in March continues to build, all that snow has to melt. When that happens the skiing has got to be good, right? Still, the odds of scoring perfect corn snow may or may not be higher than the odds of scoring powder. I have seven pow days this year, and if I get seven corn days, I’ll be ecstatic. » Read More »
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  • Windham Wonderland

    Windham Wonderland
    The 80’s track Blue Monday pumped out of the speakers as we bopped up to the Sixer. The throwback tune fueled the excitement of no lift lines. Bluebird on a Monday, with the hill to ourselves, perfection. We laughed as we rolled onto each lift – a complete 180 from the Sunday mass. Full disclosure, I haven’t been to Windham in 10ish years, so I don’t know lots of things, like: do you hike to the Wilderness Bowl? Uphill traffic » Read More »
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  • Swain Mountain Jamming

    Swain Mountain Jamming
    There’s always this looming feeling of dread for skiers and riders as we enter the month of March. The sun may be shining and the weather warmer but that means the snow will soon melt and our season will be over. You want to make every weekend count. Swain hosted its spring carnival last Saturday but it could have easily been mistaken for a mid-winter day. A bit of lake effect dusted the mountain the night before and the temperatures » Read More »
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  • The Royal Mountain Refill

    The Royal Mountain Refill
    After all that sweet midweek vacation day powder, I had to work the weekend and rain was in the forecast. My best shot at keeping the stoke alive was grabbing a few laps Saturday morning before work. I wanted to go somewhere new and uncharted. Early Saturday, I headed east on the Thruway and in an hour I was pulling into Royal Mountain. If you’ve know of Royal Mountain, then you may also know of Jim Blaise. The hardworking owner of » Read More »
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  • Willard Mountain: Rising Up

    Willard Mountain: Rising Up
    Willard emerges abruptly, erupting out of the flats as you approach on NY Route 40, a prominence amid the meandering farmlands 30 miles north of Albany. The suddenness of it is stunning, delivering the sort of skiing-where-no-skiing-should-be sensation common to approaches to the Midwest ski hills from my youth. It’s a busy place. Even on a Friday and half an hour before the lifts opened, I followed a bunched line of cars edging along the network of narrow backroads accessing » Read
  • Greek: Another Peak Weekend

    Greek: Another Peak Weekend
    Last weekend Central NY was the place to be for skiing and riding. Lake effect snow made its way south over Skaneateles Lake to the I81 corridor where it deposited over a foot of snow in some places. It was clear I should head south of Syracuse. I called my Dad and we made a plan to hit Greek Peak on Saturday. It was a sweet day of packed powder groomers, ski on lifts and steady snowfall. It was so » Read More »
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  • Song Mountain: Lake Effect in Riblet Heaven

    Song Mountain: Lake Effect in Riblet Heaven
    When I visited Labrador Mountain a couple weeks ago, my sons and I had such a good time that I knew I would be back to check out her sister ski area, Song Mountain. I went to Song on Saturday and I wasn’t disappointed. The drive up was a perfect demonstration of upstate New York’s schizophrenic weather. It was overcast, then it was snowing, then everything cleared and it was sunny. I got off Route 17 onto 81 and it » Read More »
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  • Gore Mountain: Packed Out Trees

    Gore Mountain: Packed Out Trees
    This season, the new normal rewards weekday skiing even more than usual, at least for me. It’s not ticket availability or crowd issues; this year my family needs me more on the weekends. The result is I’ve had fewer total ski days, with more day trips to Plattekill and reduced overnights at Gore. The skiing has been great this season, so it’s all good. Still, before this trip I had only five days on my SKI3 Pass, four at Gore » Read More »
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  • Getaway Planning Tips: How to Prepare for Your Next Escape

    Getaway Planning Tips: How to Prepare for Your Next Escape
    Right now, pulling off a getaway to the great outdoors requires extensive planning. Here’s what to keep in mind.
  • Bristol Brings It

    Bristol Brings It
    What a season so far. Despite everything, this year has been on pace to be one of the best in the Northeast. Everywhere I’ve been the conditions have been prime and I’m starting to forget the icecoast mantra. I never need an excuse to snowboard, and last weekend I had more than enough. My friends Alex and Katie wanted to ride, and I had to make it home for my mom’s birthday. The logical choice was the mountain that was » Read More »
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  • What You Need to Know About Avalanche Safety in the Backcountry

    What You Need to Know About Avalanche Safety in the Backcountry
    A dangerously unstable snowpack and an influx of people to the backcountry have contributed to a rash of deaths this winter. Here’s what you need to know about avalanche safety.
  • Skiing on Lincoln’s Birthday

    Skiing on Lincoln’s Birthday
    I alway imagined Abraham Lincoln was a hot laps kind of guy. Midwest skiers have to make lemonade out of just about everything so pushing up the Mach numbers may have been Abe’s only option. I also believe he’d approve of the way I celebrate his birthday — by skiing. I usually ski his birthday solo, out of necessity. Most people don’t get Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents’ Day off. When they were younger I would drop my kids at school » Read More »
  • Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Record Sixth World Championship Title

    Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Record Sixth World Championship Title
    A gold medal in the women’s combined at Cortina made Shiffrin the most decorated American Alpine skier at the event. She has a chance for two more wins this week.
  • Shiffrin Wins Record Sixth World Championship Title

    Shiffrin Wins Record Sixth World Championship Title
    A gold medal in the women’s combined at Cortina made Shiffrin the most decorated American Alpine skier at the event. She has a chance for two more wins this week.

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