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Philip Johnson's Ski-Lines
by Philip Johnson


A Daily Gazette sports blog
Ski season in Upstate NY
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

It's never too cold to enjoy good skiing

I had a great day skiing last Saturday.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Smith could be tough to beat

Shenendehowa sophomore Julia Smith, who lost only one Section II race last year as a freshman, has again dominated area girls’ high school Alpine competition this winter, and is the favorite to repeat as champion in both the slalom and giant slalom events at the Section II title races Tuesday at Gore Mountain.
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

U.S. should grab a lot of gold

The time has come. The nominations are complete and for 237 U.S. athletes, the time to compete is here. The Winter Olympics begin next Thursday at Russia’s Black Sea coastal city of Sochi.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Lake Placid will always have Olympic aura

Every four years, the mem­ory of Lake Placid comes alive once again.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Quebec City area a great destination

Earlier this week, I reconnected with a great spot where I’ve had fun in the past. It offered good snow coverage, and best of all, didn’t require me to get on an airplane. The place was eastern Quebec, around Quebec City.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Gloom and doom forecasts affect ski areas

Once, when asked why his reports were so accurate, the legendary Boston television meteorologist Don Kent said that after he studied his instruments and wrote up his forecast, the last thing he did before going on the air was to open a door and look outside.
That would have been good advice for our local broadcast media last Saturday.
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Frigid temperatures affect Nordic scheduling

It is January and, after all, Nordic skiing is an outdoor sport. But there can be too much, as well as too little, new snow, and temperatures below zero can be dangerous to competitors, so there is also a rulebook that trumps judgment when questions arise.
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Keep an eye on Demong in Sochi

If you are like me, soon you’ll be giving a lot of attention to the Winter Olympics that start Feb. 6 in Sochi, Russia.
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Think small when picking a ski area

We are lucky. There are several fine small ski areas close by.
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Don’t let drowsy driving spoil your holiday ski outing

This is a time when we often think back on special holiday memories. Most are warm and wonderful.

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