Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cat Mountain: 05/23/2015

Panorama from Cat Mountain's summit, Saturday May 23, 2015.

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The Lake George Land Conservancy's Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve has long been one of my favorite hiking destinations for its convenience (5 minutes from Bolton Landing) as well as the excellent views of Lake George and the southern Adirondacks from its summits. Over the years it seemed I was neglecting Cat - the shorter distance up Thomas (a 4 mile round-trip versus 7 up Cat) more often than not trumped Cat's superior views. But a new route, recently marked by the LGLC, now offers a direct approach to Cat's summit.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2014-15 ski season wrap-up and highlights

Gore Mountain.

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Whiteface.

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I intentionally held off writing my season wrap-up for a couple weeks, holding out hope that I’d find some way to squeeze in one more day. Killington is still open and there’s always Tuckerman Ravine, but the reality for me is the fat lady has sung.

No regrets though. Our ski season spanned six calendar months, from mid-November into April. We had powder days, spring days, cross-country skiing, lots of tree skiing, the slides at Whiteface and our first family trip out west.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Whiteface Mountain: 04/12/2015

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when conditions are good at Whiteface, it’s a serious contender for King of the East. And conditions at Whiteface weren’t merely good on Sunday, they were phenomenal.

Whiteface Mountain, Sunday morning 04/12/2015.

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I’ve already had a good run of spring skiing this year, starting with a taste of spring on Hickory’s closing day at the end of March and continuing with Sugarbush and Gore the following weekend. But Sunday at Whiteface topped them all, with perfect spring weather and snow.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Gore Mountain: 04/05/2015

Skiing Hawkeye, Gore Mountain, Easter Sunday 04/05/2015.

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As the saying goes, you don’t know if you don’t go. We had expected to find overcast skies and re-frozen snow conditions, but instead found sunny skies and surprisingly soft spring snow, despite chilly air temperatures.

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