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With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...
Well, today we’re all hunkering down for yet another winter storm. But take heart, spring is around the corner. That’s why the National Capital Commission (NCC) closed the Rideau Canal yesterday, ending the 44th Skateway season And what...
Bias alert: I like winter. Maybe that’s because I’m not from these parts and haven’t had time to get sick of it yet. But I love the beauty, the way it changes all the time, all the winter sports, cosy sitting beside a crackling...
Public radio: it’s your go-to source for important, hard-hitting topics so often ignored by main-stream media. Such as the annual Christmas Bird Count, a popular event in environmental circles in the U.S. and Canada, as shown by this map of...
It’s been an eventful winter, weather-wise, so far. This time around the Ottawa region is not getting the big snowstorm that’s pummeling the U.S. northeast. But we’ve got the same cold temperatures. (It’s a frigid -27 C, or...


Special Reports

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Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
Audio Slideshow
90 Miles by Canoe… in a Single Day
The 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic takes paddlers from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Race organizer Brian McDonnell paddled the entire course in a single day—a journey he describes as the "90-mile cannonball."
Photo/Audio Essay
A Trek up Mt. Adams
A land deal will add thousands of acres to the state forest preserve, but it will almost certainly mean the removal of an antique fire tower that sits on Mt. Adams, near the town of Newcomb. Brian Mann made the climb.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Slideshow
A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
A Hike Up the Red Sandstone Trail
David Sommerstein hikes a new trail under construction along the Raquette River near Potsdam.
Photo Audio Essay
Winter Camping in the Adirondack High Peaks
The Adirondacks' High Peaks can be a hard place to find peace and quiet during the busy summer months. Many people choose the winter to get their fix for solitude among New York's tallest mountains. Winter camping offers unique pleasures and sometimes, unexpected perils. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein got plenty of both on a late winter expedition to Lake Colden and Algonquin Peak.
Photo Audio Essay
Snow Art in St. Regis Falls
A team from Dickinson Center won the 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Competition in St. Regis Falls yesterday. Jody Tosti, an NCPR Team sculptor, spoke with some of her rivals.
Photo Audio Essay
Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
Audio Slideshow
Ellen in Canyonland
NCPR Station Manager Ellen says there's nothing like fear to get her attention as she reports on what she did on her summer vacation.
Photo Audio Essay
Lake Champlain Maritime History, pt. 1
Wreck diving off Burlington with Brian Mann.
Photo Audio Essay
37th Annual Clayton Antique Boat Show
Thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auctiona chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and runabouts.
Photo Audio Essay
Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
Grace Hudowalski. Tony Solomon photo
Grace Hudowalski. Tony Solomon photo

Adirondack Climbing Legend Hudowalski Dead At 98

Adirdondack legend Grace Hudowalski passed away Saturday morning at the age of 98. Hudowalski was a pioneering member of the Adirondack 46ers Club. She was the first woman to climb all of the region's peaks higher than four thousand feet. She also helped to establish some of the Adirondack climbing community's most enduring traditions. Brian Mann first met and profiled Grace Hudowalski four years ago.  Go to full article

Skier Dies on Whiteface

For the second time this winter a skier has died after hitting a tree while skiing at Whiteface Mountain at Wilmington. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Brad Capelli bears a ski scar

After Four Deaths, NY Ski Resorts Talk Safety

Four people have died this winter while downhill skiing at resorts in the Adirondacks and the Catskill Mountains. A fifth skier remains hospitalized in Burlington weeks after he was seriously injured on Whiteface Mountain. Industry leaders say their sport is safe, if people ski responsibly. But some critics say ski downhill resorts should do more to avoid serious accidents. As Brian Mann reports, a half-dozen bills in Albay would require skiers to use helmets.  Go to full article

Commentary: Through the Ice

"Spring skiing" is a delight for cross country skiers. Warmer days and brilliant sun are hard to resist. But as commentator Betsy Kepes found, the transition from deep...  Go to full article

Adirondack Man Lobbies Against Deer Feeding Ban

Feeding deer has long been a winter ritual in the north country, especially in the Adirondacks where deer herds are much smaller. New York's Department of Environmental...  Go to full article

Whiteface Skier Recovers After Crash

Officials at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington say a skier remains hospitalized but in fair condition, more two weeks after he crashed on Whiteface Mountain. Michael...  Go to full article
Jim McCulley at Belly's near Malone

Snowmobilers Look For The Long Haul

For many people in the North Country, winter recreation means snowmobiles. There are fifty thousand sleds registered in our region. The hot new trend is long-distance...  Go to full article
The Blue Bomber whips down Dynamite Hill.

Chestertown's Downhill Derby: the Bottom or Bust

It's an old favorite with a crazy twist--every February the folks in north Warren county show off their colorful, comical homemade sleds at a downhill derby in Chestertown. ...  Go to full article

Commentary: Fresh Ideas for an Ancient Sport

Winter sports are always evolving for new generations of outdoor lovers. Commentator Lee Van de Water is on the cutting edge with free-skiing.  Go to full article
Breaking trail through knee-high drifts

A Winter Ski On The Northville-Placid Trail

In the North Country, winter is a great time to get outside, into the woods. It's bug-free. Travel over snow is often easier than over muddy, rocky trails. There are also...  Go to full article

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