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Philip Johnson's Ski-Lines
by Philip Johnson


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Ski season in Upstate NY
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.
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Ranking of top 30 resorts can be a useful guide

With the ski season off to such a great start and maybe a little financial boost from the stock market, it is time to think about a ski get-away.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Okemo has snow guns cranking

The days of bad sliding have come to an end. It is winter again, on the thermometer certainly if not on the calendar just yet. Skis are ready, boards are ready and most ski areas throughout our area have either opened for the season or will do so soon.
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

Banner ski season ahead?

Ski season is just around the corner, and so is Phil Johnson's "Ski Lines" weekly column.
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Storms were huge boost for small areas

It is amazing what a couple of snowstorms will do to bring out a crowd.
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Smugglers' Notch has placed focus on teaching kids

Kids’ ski programs may not have been invented there, but “Smuggs” has come a long way toward perfecting them.

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