Monday, December 15, 2014

Gore Mountain: 12/13/2014

Skiing the glades at Gore Mountain, Saturday 12/13/2014.

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This is what winter’s supposed to look like. Winter storm Damon delivered, with snowfall amounts ranging between 1 and 2 feet throughout the Adirondacks. Gore reported 14 inches from the multi-day event, but that measurement surely under-reported the amount that fell in the upper elevations. The snow came in perfect pineapple-upside-down-cake fashion, with dense snow at the onset of the storm followed by increasingly lighter powder. As the snow totals mounted, Gore dropped the ropes on a huge amount of terrain, resulting in the best early season conditions in as many years as I can remember.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Whiteface: 12/10/2014

Whiteface Mountain, Wednesday 12/10/214

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My trip up to Whiteface on Wednesday almost didn't happen. The same storm that brought 1 to 2 feet of snow to the Adirondacks knocked out our power at home Tuesday night, cancelled school for the kids on Wednesday and turned area roads into a white knuckle adventure. Nonetheless, with luck on my side I pulled into Whiteface's parking lot at 9am with 9 inches of new snow on the ground and more on the way.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gore Mountain: 12/05 & 12/07/2014

View of the High Peaks from Gore Mountain, Sunday 12/07/2014.

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Despite a mixed bag of winter precipitation that impacted the Adirondacks on Saturday, I was able to enjoy two of the nicest ski days of the season so far on Friday and Sunday at Gore. Friday was a “professional development” day for me – a rare chance to hit the slopes rather than report to the office.

Foxlair all to ourselves on Friday

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gore Mountain: 11/28/2014

Skiers on Foxlair, Friday morning 11/28/2014.

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Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the ski season, and like many other skiers we chose to observe Black Friday by sliding on snow rather than jockeying through crowds at the mall fighting for deals on stuff we don't need.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gore Mountain: 11/22/2014

Low-energy guns pumping out the snow on Wild Air.  Gore Mountain, Saturday November 22, 2014.

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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and we’ve already got a second weekend of skiing in the books, thanks to early season cold weather that has allowed the snowmaking crews to get a jump on the season. Knowing that a warmup was in store for Sunday, we made sure to get out on Saturday to take advantage of the nice snow that’s been piling up under the guns.