They stay for the fluffy, powdery snow. Some people call Snow Ridge the best kept secret in the east. » Continue Reading.
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If you’re a skier below a certain age, you may not recognize the sound of an old T-bar lift. Even if you’ve used one before, until you get the hang of it, it’s easy to fall right on your butt. That’s what almost happened my first time in Newcomb. I hadn’t been on a T-bar since high school.
But the T-bar’s the only way to the top here at the Goodnow Ski Area. It’s about 200 vertical feet. There’s a wide main run, and a side woodsy run. And from the top, a beautiful pay-off – a view of the snowy High Peaks from the south. » Continue Reading.
Whiteface and Gore mountain ski areas will be open Sunday, November 16th, the second year in a row the Whiteface has opened before their planned start date. Lift tickets will be discounted and terrain will be limited. The first lift will leave at 8:30 am. After this weekend, both resorts will close Sunday, at 4 pm, and re-open Saturday, November 22. Full-time operations are slated to begin on Friday, November 28. (Photo from the Whiteface Cam, Courtesy ORDA).
Whiteface Mountain enthusiasts James Hunter, Jeff Tompkins, Brian Winfield and Jack Yanchitis each helped to name the glade when the mountain held a Facebook trail naming contest last August. The 4.7 acre and 1,500 foot long expert glade, named for former Whiteface Mountain general manager and 1968 Olympic ski jumper Jay Rand Jr., is located half-way down Hoyt’s High and connects skiers and riders to both the Summit Chair lift and Lookout Mountain chair lift. » Continue Reading.
Downhill skiing around the Tri-Lakes of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake without a season pass can put a dent in a parent’s pocketbook. So here are a few tips and discounts available if you plan on skiing Whiteface, Titus and Big Tupper.
Though Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington has been making snow since November, there is finally some fresh power on the trails. My family was there this past weekend working the Empire State Games and was thankful for each run that was squeezed in between races. » Continue Reading.
This winter the state-owned Whiteface ski area will debut a new (and as yet un-named) glade on Lookout Mountain. The 1,500 foot long expert glade will be cut half-way down Hoyt’s High and will also connect the Summit Chair lift. The development of the new glade is expected to begin this week. Once completed, the glade will add an additional 4.7 acres to the mountain’s already 283 acres of skiable terrain and 3,430 of vertical, the most vertical east of the Rockies.
This is the first new trail added to Whiteface Mountain since the opening of Lookout Mountain in 2008. Other mountain improvements include the addition of 35 low energy snow guns that will provide efficient snow coverage on Easy Street, Broadway and Excelsior. The mountain has also purchased an energy efficient boom fan snow gun that will be used to cover the mountain’s Lower Valley trail. » Continue Reading.
What follows is a guest essay by Kirsten L. Goranowski, a 2012 graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies. This is part of our series of essays by young people from Paul Smith’s College.
It was a rainy wait for the Face Lift chairlift at the base of Whiteface Mountain on March 9th. I overheard a woman complain to her husband about the unpleasant weather. There was mention of an alternative plan for the day. I myself contemplated an alternative, yet I had bought a season pass and still had to get my money’s worth. Winter of 2010-2011 was the first time I picked up the sport of snowboarding, and I’m now questioning whether any of it was a worthwhile investment. » Continue Reading.
January is National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month, dedicated to learning a new snow sport. New York has more ski and snowboard areas than any other state and hundreds of alpine and Nordic ski resorts in 22 states will be offering free and discounted lessons, rentals and lift tickets for new skiers and riders.
The goal is to get American families on the slopes and enjoy a healthy winter lifestyle. Organizers are hoping that more than 150,000 children and adults will take ski and snowboard lessons from a professional instructor. Last January an estimated 75,000 children and adults participated in the program.
During the National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month, Whiteface will be offering a mid-week special for just $59, including lessons, rentals and a lower-mountain lift ticket. Lessons begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are available for skiers and riders 13 and older.
More information about the January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month can be found online.
It’s no secret that it’s been a difficult start to the ski season. Besides a notable lack of snowfall, the cold temperatures that ski areas need for snowmaking operations have so far been hard to come by.
I started my ski season on Thanksgiving weekend, when both Gore and Whiteface opened for the 2011-2012 season, and I’ve now got several days at both mountains under my belt. Although trail choices have been limited (both mountains are about 20% open as of this writing), conditions have been surprisingly good, thanks to efficient snowmaking plants and modern grooming equipment. You can check out my most recent visits to Gore and Whiteface here and here. » Continue Reading.
Sometime in early January, the first participants in Double H Ranch’s Adaptive Winter Sports Program will begin arriving at Double H’s facility in Lake Luzerne. The program offers children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to participate in downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Around 30 children per day typically participate in the program, which runs every winter weekend from January through March. Most children participate for 3 or 4 days over the course of the winter, and five Family Sleepover Weekends allow the entire family to participate in winter sports together.
The program takes place on Double H’s ski slopes, which are equipped with a double chairlift and snowmaking. Like all programs at Double H, the Adaptive Winter Sports Program is offered completely free of charge to participants, and thousands of children and their families have been served since the program’s inception in 1998.
Double H’s program has been remarkably successful, with participating families enthusing about the sense of accomplishment, warmth, and joy that participants experience. The word “magical” comes up a lot. “We are so profoundly grateful for the opportunity to feel the magic of Double H,” wrote one family. “The weekend made a huge impact on all six of us. The welcome, the warmth, and the pride that we all felt was transformative. To see Zak, with hemophilia, skiing and knowing that he was learning in a safe environment, and beaming on the slopes, on his skis, skiing faster than his mom, with two talented and kind instructors, made me want to cry from joy!”
Just as remarkable is the enthusiasm of Double H’s volunteers. Dave Theobald, a volunteer from Ballston Lake told me “This will be my third winter, and I can’t say enough about the program. It helps me stay grounded with what life’s all about. My passion is skiing and helping people. Ever since I became involved with Double H’s winter program, I have the best of both!”
The volunteer ski instructors and National Ski Patrol allow Double H to provide a one-to-one support ratio for participants, who suffer from conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and cerebral palsy. All equipment is provided by Double H, including adaptive equipment such as sit-skis. There are more skiers in the program than snowboarders, but the number of snowboarders is growing. Peg Nelson of Gansevoort, another volunteer, described working with one snowboard participant. “I had a boy who wanted to snowboard, and he had never been on a chairlift before. I worked with him and we got him riding the chairlift and going down the hill on his snowboard the first day. It was just so inspiring and exciting. When people say that Double H is a magical place, it truly is. Until people experience it first hand, they can’t understand how special it is.”
With the start of the Adaptive Winter Sports Program just over a month away, Double H is looking to round out its roster of volunteers, particularly ski and snowboard instructors and National Ski Patrol. Nancy Driscoll, a volunteer from Niskayuna, told me “My motivation to volunteer is a selfish one – I truly get more than I give! The children are courageous & inspiring, the volunteers are generous & kind, and the Double H staff is a group of people that I just love to be around! Double H keeps my life in balance!”
To learn more about Double H Ranch and their Adaptive Winter Sports Program, including information about volunteering, contact them at (518) 696-5676 or visit their website .
Photos courtesy Double H Ranch
Jeff Farbaniec is an avid telemark skier and a 46er who writes The Saratoga Skier & Hiker, a blog of his primarily Adirondack outdoor adventures.