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Philip Johnson's Ski-Lines
by Philip Johnson


A Daily Gazette sports blog
Ski season in Upstate NY
Friday, March 14, 2014

PrimaLoft will keep you warm

The snow is great. But even long-time skiers have been grousing about the cold lately.
If you’re like me, though, if there is something that can keep me warm and keep me outside, then bring it on. I want to be able to enjoy living where I live 12 months a year.
Goose down, you say.
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Future looks bright at West

What’s going on at West Mountain?
In a nutshell: The news is good, and the outlook is promising.
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

The good and the bad of Sochi

The Winter Games were wonderful television, despite the pre-competition concerns about incomplete venues and the fear that regional terrorists would spoil the event.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

A day at Gore, from top to bottom

Sometimes, it seems to me that Gore Mountain gets taken for granted by folks around here.
I was thinking about that the other day when I was at Gore just finishing up at the Ski Bowl Lodge where I started out six hours earlier.
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.

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