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Philip Johnson's Ski-Lines
by Philip Johnson

Ski-Lines

A Daily Gazette sports blog
Ski season in Upstate NY
 
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

PrimaLoft played vital role in historic climb

PrimaLoft today is an independent company having spun off from Albany International three years ago.
Business seems to be booming. After all, who wants to be cold when you can protect against it.
 
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Will U.S. ever host Winter Games again?

I was very interested in the recent choice of Boston as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s nominee to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
 
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Gondola a big reason for Gore's popularity

After years of building friends and establishing a brand, Gore Mountain in North Creek is looking good.
 
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

West Mountain back on local radar

It is noon on a Sunday and you are at home. Your favorite NFL team is playing on television at 4:30 p.m. But you want some fresh air and time on the slopes before kickoff.
Now, where is your favorite place to ski? Easy answer for me — West Mountain, just three miles off Exit 18 of the Northway.
 
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Heated seats the ultimate lift amenity

“Whoomp!”
“Whoomp!”
Any early-morning chair lift rider knows that sound. It is a swinging broom wielded by a lift attendant trying to rid the chair of ice and snow before passengers start the uphill climb. Regardless of how well it works, expect a cold bum for the next few minutes.
 
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Nothing beats Mont Tremblant

In the case of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, order has been restored in the universe.
 
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Hunt for the bargains

As we all know, skiing and riding can be expensive winter activities, from the travel involved to the required clothing and equipment. It doesn’t take long to become a sharp-eyed consumer once you realize how much fun awaits on the slopes and trails, and what savings are available if you plan ahead and look for bargains.
 
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Cold temperatures get season off to early start

The days of bad sliding have come to an early end this fall, and many ski areas just a car ride away have lifts turning in plenty of time for the holidays — make that the Thanksgiving holiday, not Christmas.
 
Friday, March 28, 2014

Despite the cold, it was a good ski season

Based on what we experienced, unless we get warm rain in the next couple of weeks, April is going to offer the best spring skiing we’ve seen in years.
We deserve it.
 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weibrecht ready for some time off

If there was ever any doubt, Andrew Weibrecht erased it last month in Sochi.
The 28-year-old from Lake Placid is the most accomplished Alpine skier ever from our region.
 

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