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David never was much good at self-portraits.
David never was much good at self-portraits.

Savoring a lunchtime ski

Let us take a moment to appreciate our recent snow-covered landscape.

In Canton, loads of skiers take advantage of the St. Lawrence University golf course for a quick outing. And...lucky for us...the trail scoots right through NCPR's backyard.

David Sommerstein has this postcard from a lunchtime ski.  Go to full article
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills is part of ORDA's expanding purview.
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills is part of ORDA's expanding purview.

Summer visits help as ORDA rebounds from bad winter

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority continues to rebound from a bad winter, according to financial reports released last week.

As of July 31, ORDA's revenues were running about $600,000 ahead of 2011. ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said numbers for the 2012 summer season increased over last year by about a quarter of a million dollars. Visitation is up by about 11.6 percent, and revenue is up about 12.35 percent.

Meanwhile, ORDA has already made some investments at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, located in Highmount in the Catskills. ORDA officials say they're ready for the upcoming ski season there.  Go to full article
Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron
Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron

Lack of "white Christmas" could leave ski resorts in the red

For those in the skiing business, this year's relatively warm temperatures and lack of snow are spelling trouble. Ski areas typically open around Thanksgiving and when there's no snow on the ground, they make it.

But it's been too warm for snowmaking. Ideally, it should be about 10 degrees. So many areas in the northeast have been forced to delay opening. Others have been operating at reduced capacity. And that's hurting the bottom line.  Go to full article
The 1941 Lake Placid High School men's ski team.  Peter Roland, Sr, is fifth from the right.
The 1941 Lake Placid High School men's ski team. Peter Roland, Sr, is fifth from the right.

Whiteface honors early ski pioneers

Seventy years ago today, a group of young skiers climbed Whiteface Mountain to build the first racing shelter at the top of what is now known as Wilderness Trail. Later that day, they came down the mountain to find out that Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese. Many went on to join the military in the early years of World War Two.

Whiteface will honor the men on Sunday with a special ceremony that will include lectures and historical displays. While most of those pioneers of alpine skiing on Whiteface and that fateful day are gone, their stories and memories live on through their children and friends. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Photo: NYSDEC
Photo: NYSDEC

ORDA may take over Catskill ski center

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority may add a third downhill ski center to its venues before the winter season.

ORDA officials are reportedly in talks to take over operation of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills.

Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
David never was much good at self-portraits.
David never was much good at self-portraits.

Savoring a lunchtime ski

As rain and sleet and mud make us pine away for spring, let's take a moment to acknowledge what we've had - more than two months of a snow-covered landscape, an opportunity to scoot out for a cross-country ski pretty much anytime, anywhere.

In Canton, loads of skiers take advantage of the St. Lawrence University golf course for a quick trek. It's right in North Country Public Radio's backyard. David Sommerstein has this appreciation of the lunchtime ski.

NOTE: As alert listeners have told me, the cross-country ski trails are maintained by volunteer Pete Ames, chief engineer at the Best Western, on his own time. Thanks a million, Pete!  Go to full article
Photo: John Fitzgerald, Lake Clear
Photo: John Fitzgerald, Lake Clear

Whiteface opens with high hopes

Whiteface Mountain ski center in Wilmington will open for its 53rd season today. Snow guns have been making snow at the Olympic mountain since mid-November. Whiteface is scheduled to have three trails open for skiiers and snowboarders today. Chris Knight visited the mountain earlier this week and talked to officials from the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which runs Whiteface, about the upcoming ski season.  Go to full article

A small ski center gets a big boost

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has awarded the village of Saranac Lake a $600,000 matching grant for a new T-bar lift and trail system at the village-run Mount Pisgah Ski Center. Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau made the grant announcement at a press conference in the Mount Pisgah ski lodge. Supporters say the grant will help turn the ski center into a year-round recreational facility. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Small ski areas thrive in sluggish season

As ski center managers in the Adirondacks close the books on another winter season, some are reporting an increase in skier visits and revenue. Others say they've had about the same or fewer numbers of visitors compared to last year. Chris Knight looks back on the winter of 2009-2010, including one of the biggest success stories of the winter - the reopening of two smaller, community-centered ski areas.  Go to full article

Olympians rally for local ski hill

Many of the nation's top alpine skiers, including more than a dozen Olympians, are in the North Country to compete in the 2010 U.S. Alpine Championships at Whiteface Mountain, which got underway Saturday and continue today.

The roster of athletes includes Julia Mancuso, who won two silver medals at the Vancouver Winter Games, and 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety. But before they took to the slopes of Whiteface, a half-dozen members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team visited Mount Pisgah, a small ski hill run by the Village of Saranac Lake, to ski with area kids and help raise funds for a new lift at the ski center. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

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