Monday, November 20, 2017

Whiteface opening day: 11/18/2017

Whiteface opening day, Saturday 11/18/2017.

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Like most eastern skiers, we don't count on skiing before Thanksgiving, so with two "bonus" weekends now in the books it seems like we're off to a great to the season. After hitting Okemo's opening day last weekend, we ratcheted our ski game up a notch for Whiteface's opening day this weekend.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017-18 Ski Season Preview


I'm not sure it can be considered a "preview" if the ski season has already started, but you can read my ski season preview in the current print edition of Adirondack Sports and Fitness, or online here:


Monday, November 13, 2017

Okemo Mountain: 11/11/2017

Okemo Mountain, Saturday November 11, 2017.

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After a record warm October it was a huge relief to finally see cold weather arrive in full force last week. A few cold nights was all it took for Killington, Okemo and Mount Snow to blow enough snow to kick off the 2017-18 ski season. We toyed with the idea of hitting Killington but ultimately decided that Okemo would offer more skiing and less crowds. We'll save our Killington days for later in the season when there's more terrain open.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dippikill Mountain and Pond: 10/01/2017

Dippikill Mountain, Sunday 10/01/2017.

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We were looking for an easy, close-to-home hike on Sunday when I remembered Dippikill, the 850 acre camp just outside Warrensburg owned by the SUNY Albany Student Association. Dippikill's trail network is open to the general public, including a nice 4-mile loop that climbs 1600' Dippikill Mountain and circles Dippikill Pond.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cat Mountain: 09/02/2017

Cat Mountain, Saturday 9/02/2017.

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We spend quite a few of our summer weekends in Bolton Landing and end up repeating many of the nearby hikes each year. Cat and Thomas Mountains and the Pinnacle are all great short hikes, but among these Cat, in my opinion, offers the best views of Lake George and the surrounding mountains.