Almanack Contributor Andy Coney

Aims "Andy" Coney is a lifelong Blue Mountain Lake seasonal resident. He is a Nordic skier, guideboater, paddler, orienteer, three-time 46er, and a member of the Protect the Adirondacks board. In 2019, after a twenty-five-year break, with a superb partner he completed his eighth Adirondack 90-miler, finishing 22nd overall. Andy's favorite season though is winter, and he tries to ski every day.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Fleeting Fastness of Frost

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Down in town at the new diner they’re cursing, spitting out that gardeners’ f-word; frost.   Meanwhile, I’m ecstatic, I’m up the hill having a great time gliding across Kathy and Bob’s lawn, so glad to be on my skis at last.

It’s frost time and as my gardening friends’ season tapers off, so finally begins mine.   Skiing, today for the first time since April, feels so good, my whole body involved, nothing like it, kick and glide, kick and glide, breathe in, breathe out, kick and glide, breathe in, breathe out, glide, glide, glide.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Key things to consider when choosing Cross-Country Skis

As a new homeowner a few decades ago, I needed a ladder and foolishly bought a heavy-duty fiberglass 28-footer that could reach the highest point.   That was a bad move; other than once I’ve never needed to reach that high; the ladder is unwieldy and even fully retracted it’s too long for most jobs. Later and a little wiser, I acquired a lightweight 16-foot extension ladder which I now use for almost everything.

Many of my friends make the same mistake when they shop for cross-country skis, buying for the most extreme conditions they’ll ever encounter.   In the store they convince themselves they need wide, back-country skis with metal edges, in case of deep powder or an icy traverse.   They ski-trudge that heavy-duty gear on ordinary trails and easy roads like the one to Great Camp Santanoni.  They even take them to groomed Nordic centers.  Instead, their primary pair should have been a light-touring setup that’s good for almost everything except the rare extremes.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Adirondack Ice: When The Lake Goes Boom, Boom, Boom

Andy Coney Lake PhotoIt started on the Eve before Christmas Eve, if a natural process can ever be said to have started.  Better said it was a turning point in continuing events.  Despite an early ice-in and mounds of lake effect snow only recently, for the weekend we’d had wet days with heavy rain and overnights above freezing.

Jokes at the Fire Department were that Santa Claus would arrive across the ice on water skis pulled by snowmobile to Sunday’s annual kids’ party.  (Instead he came by fire engine as he always does.)  But Monday as the afternoon ebbed, the slow drizzle grew slower and flecked into tiny snow.  Soggy-bottomed tracks left skiing one way were glazed coming back.  Wet, black roads are suddenly white. » Continue Reading.

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