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by Philip Johnson


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Ski season in Upstate NY

‘Mountain Host’ volunteers are helpful

It is a new destination. You have been looking forward to this trip for a long time. You are at the base and ready to go when it hits you: “Where do I go now?” Most areas in the West and the larger areas in the East can present a ...

Ski areas team up to try to break record

Some 160 ski areas across the country are participating in “The World’s Largest Ski & Snowboard Lesson,” the splashiest, but not the only event on the calendar for January.

High school skiers anxious to get started

Section II Nordic racers are scheduled to kick off the season Saturday with the Queensbury Invitational, conditions permitting.

Another Lake Placid miracle could happen

This “Season to be Jolly” hasn’t been a bundle of joy in the North Country.

Protected lifts are an expensive investment

The purpose of the trip was to try the new Quantum Four Lift that Okemo Mountain installed over the summer.

Union sophomore West earns silver

Tucker West likes speed for his winter downhill runs. He goes full out from start gate to finish line. The 20-year-old Union College sophomore is one of the fastest in the world on the hill, and he proved that again last weekend in Lake Placid. It didn’t matter to him ...

It's time to tune up the skis

With the weather turning more seasonal, it’s time to get the gear ready for the trip to the slopes. My first thought every year is a shop tune up for the skis which have been sitting idle in the garage since last spring. That is usually something I do earlier ...

It’s time to get ready for winter

Welcome back. The months of bad sliding are almost over, and it is time to break out the skis and the boards for the season ahead. For winter sports enthusiasts, this is a great time of the year in our area and very likely no one is looking forward to ...

Little Dipper program caters to 3-year-olds

Carolee Ferguson has been teaching little children at Okemo for 30 years. Her experience has included working with her own children and four grandchildren along the way. She knows her audience.

Late-season skiing at Banff worth the trip

Last week, I got on a plane to go skiing for the first time in two years. Now, I’ve been on the slopes regularly during that time but my days recently have all been in the east and reachable by car.

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