Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Backyard backcountry

It’s been an excellent winter for out-the-backdoor nordic skiing. I've been kicking and gliding around the few hundred acres of woods that I call my backyard since before Thanksgiving, often solo at night with my headlamp. There's not a ton of vertical relief, but there’s one particular ridge with beautiful hardwoods and a perfect pitch that I’ve been waiting to ski until conditions were just right. Our 10-year-old son Daniel has joined me on some of my cross-country tours through the woods this winter, and with the lifts at Gore and Whiteface on windhold, Sunday was a perfect opportunity for a father-son backyard backcountry trek to earn some turns on the ridge.

A father-son trek to earn turns in our backyard backcountry, the Kalabus-Perry forest in Saratoga County.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Gore Mountain: 02/14/2015

Apparently the forecast for cold and wind later in the weekend kept people at home on Saturday, because the crowds you would expect on a holiday weekend never materialized. In a way that’s too bad, because Gore is in prime mid-winter condition. With temps in the low teens and little if any wind, it was a very comfortable day for skiing.

Skiing Lies, Saturday 02/15/2015.

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Lies

Monday, February 9, 2015

Gore Mountain: 02/07 & 02/08/2015

Skiing the new Abanakee glade at Gore Mountain, Saturday 02/07/2015.

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You gotta love it when meteorologists refer to our weather pattern as a "snow train." But that's exactly what it's been over the past 3 weeks or so: cold - snow - cold - snow - cold. With a weather pattern like that, you know the skiing's got to be good, and indeed it has been.

North Creek Ski Bowl

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Telluride, CO: 01/29 - 01/31/2015

Telluride, Colorado, January 29-31, 2015.

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As much as I consider myself an East Coast skier to the core, there’s something about the snow, the terrain and the scenery out West that calls to me as a skier. In recent years I’ve enjoyed great skiing at Big Sky, Montana and Alta / Snowbird, Utah; this year I was lucky enough to be included in a trip to Telluride, Colorado.

See Forever

While I’ve done some skiing in Colorado in the past (A-Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, and a bunch of the 10th Mountain Division huts), I had never visited Telluride. Known for its spectacular setting in the San Juan mountains and its diverse collection of steeps, trees and bowls, Telluride is right up my alley.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gore Mountain: 01/24/2015

Rumor is now open.  Gore Mountain, Saturday 01/24/2015.

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I guess everyone’s got their favorite terrain at Gore, but for us it’s the summit trails and trees. We log our days on the front-side trails off the gondi during the early weeks of the season, but once the summit terrain comes online that’s where we head.

Dramatic clouds from the departing storm to the east