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Nordic combined racer Bill Demong
Nordic combined racer Bill Demong

Adirondack Nordic combined skier competes in Japan

World championships are underway in Sapporo, Japan, for the Nordic Combined, a sport that combines cross-country ski racing with long distance ski jumping. One of the top competitors in the world is Bill DeMong from Vermontville. He's having his best year since 2002. He checked in with Brian Mann to talk about the season and this weekend's race.  Go to full article
The view from Marcy Dam (Photos:  Bob Martin)
The view from Marcy Dam (Photos: Bob Martin)

Winter dash to Avalanche Pass

Last weekend, winter finally arrived in the Adirondack Mountains. In the High Peaks, snow covered the trails and temperatures plunged to double-digits below zero. Brian Mann snuck away for a day with his friend Bob Martin, from Saranac Lake, to ski the trail to Avalanche Pass. They sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

A postcard from the Tug Hill side of Winter

Winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling are big business in the North Country. For many people, they're also a passion and a way of life. Adirondack reporter Brian Mann chased skiable snow as storms hit parts of the region earlier this month. He sent this audio postcard from the Tug Hill.  Go to full article

Weather vs tourism

Winter tourism is big business in the North Country. The Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center says winter visitors bring more than $189 million to the region. So what happens to the economy when the thermometer tops 50 degress in late December? Jonathan Brown went looking for answers.  Go to full article

Governor Cuts Gore Mt. Project

Governor George Pataki announced nearly $3 billion in budget vetoes this week, slashing the legislature's proposed spending plan. One of the big cuts here in the North Country was a $5.5 million dollar fund earmarked to build a ski gondola at the state-run ski area on Gore Mountain in North Creek. One pro-environment group praised the decision. But local government leaders in the Adirondacks worry that the veto could derail plans to build a new resort development around North Creek's ski bowl. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ski Experts, Doctors Embrace Helmets

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says ski helmets can reduce head injuries by sixty percent. Researchers in Norway conducted the study. Last week, the International Ski Federation responded by formally recommending that all skiers and snowboarders wear head protection. Brian Mann first reported on ski helmet safety in the winter of 2004. He found that helmets are still unpopular with many skiers.

Note: Brian's report first aired in the winter of 2004. So far this year, one skier has died at Gore Mountain. Another 15-year-old skier suffered serious head trauma. Both were wearing helmets.  Go to full article

One Skier Killed, One Injured at Gore Mt.

A 56-year-old skier was killed and a teenager suffered head trauma in separate accidents yesterday at the Gore Mountain Ski area. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

$400 Million Big Tupper Plan Echoes Across Adks

In Tupper Lake, the local planning commission is finishing work on new zoning rules that will govern the proposed $400 million resort around the Big Tupper ski area. The Adirondack Park Agency has also begun a review of the project. Developer Michael Foxman, from Philadelphia, hopes to build more than 700 mansions, condos and townhouses over roughly six thousand acres. It would be the biggest project in the Adirondacks in the last 25 years. Yesterday, we looked at some of the environmental questions surrounding the resort. This morning, in part two of our report, Brian Mann looks at how this project could shape development across the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Tupper Board Blasts Draft Rules for New Resort

Tupper Lake's town planning board is urging local officials to reject a set of zoning rules proposed by developer Michael Foxman. Foxman's company, Preserve Associates, hopes to develop a 700-unit resort around the Big Tupper Ski Area. The company wants to bundle the massive project into a single zoning district, governed by more streamlined planning rules. But in a report made public yesterday, an outside consultant says the rules, as drafted, would strip town leaders of control. As Brian Mann reports, planning board members have asked the town for more time to propose their own set of changes.  Go to full article

Oak Mt. Ski Area May Not Open

Hamilton County officials say they're trying to help a privately-owned ski area open for the winter season. Oak Mountain employed dozens of local workers. As Brian Mann reports, the small resort in Speculator had been operating with a low-interest loan provided by state and county governments.  Go to full article

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