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Gore Management: We Want Hydropower

State officials who operate Gore Mountain ski area in North Creek say they want $20,000 to study construction of a new hydro power facility on the mountain. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

The going rate for ski lift tickets

Winter is just around the corner and with it another ski season in the North Country. As skiers and snowboarders prepare for another winter, some may be taking a closer look at what they can afford for lift ticket prices this season, given the state of the economy. Chris Knight compared the rates at two of the North Country's biggest ski centers, Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain, to those of comparable resorts in the Northeast. He found that while the two state-run mountains are by no means cheap, they're also not the most expensive.  Go to full article

Town of Keene mulling future of Old Mountain Road

The Town of Keene is considering a referendum this fall on the fate of a stretch of unused road that has been serving as a section of the Jackrabbit Ski trail. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

ORDA approves Gore Mountain Interconnect

A long-awaited plan to connect the state-run Gore Mountain ski center with the North Creek Ski Bowl was given the go ahead Friday at a special meeting of the Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors. The approval of the so-called Gore Mountain Interconnect was hailed by local officials and business owners in North Creek who see the project as the cornerstone of future economic growth in the community. As Chris Knight reports, the project has overcome numerous challenges to reach this point.  Go to full article

Turning the ski slopes green

Back in February, President Obama proposed $150 billion to employ people in "green collar jobs," The idea was to create jobs that benefited the environment. But he also wanted to boost the economy. A ski resort wanted to go one step ahead. So it hired a new employee to help its 2,500 acres "go green." Irene Noguchi reports.  Go to full article
Two Planks & A Passion by Roland Huntford
Two Planks & A Passion by Roland Huntford

A history of skiing, for sport and survival

This weekend, tens of thousands of skiers will take to the slopes and trails across the North Country. One of the earliest pioneers of skiing in the Adirondacks was a Norwegian immigrant named Herman "Jackrabbit" Johannsen. Johannsen lived in Lake Placid in the 1920s, where he trained and encouraged a generation of cross-country skiers. A new book about the history of skiing argues that Norwegians like Johannsen introduced the sport of skiing around the world. Brian Mann spoke with Roland Huntford, author of Two Planks and A Passion. Huntford says he became interested in the history of skiing after first writing about Norwegian explorers at the South Pole.  Go to full article
Waymarkers in the forest (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Waymarkers in the forest (Photos: Brian Mann)

Solitude on the trail to Raquette Falls

The High Peaks offer some of the most dramatic and scenic back country skiing in the Northeast. But trails on the eastern side can be crowded, even a little congested, especially on busy holiday weekends. Brian Mann went for a solitary ski recently on the western side of the High Peaks, making the 8-mile round trip to Raquette Falls near Tupper Lake. Here's Brian's audio postcard.  Go to full article

Ski trails open early

There's snow.... and skiing. Brian Mann's been sampling the local conditions and reports back to Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers

Memories: Adirondack mountaineer fights with 10th Mtn. in Italy

The 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum has one of the most storied histories of any unit in the U.S. Army. During the Italian campaign of World War II, the 10th's soldiers were famous for scaling cliffs to attack German positions that had been viewed as impregnable. Jim Goodwin, from Keene Valley, grew up climbing and skiing in the Adirondacks and in the 1940s he was one of the pioneers of American mountaineering. When the 10th Mountain Division was being formed, Goodwin was recruited to help train the soldiers. He later served with the unit as a medic during the fighting in northern Italy. Goodwin is ninety-seven years old now, a retired schoolteacher. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about his experience at war.  Go to full article
Screen shot from <i>The Last Ridge</i>
Screen shot from The Last Ridge

The uphill battle of the 10th Mountain

A new documentary about Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division debuts Sunday at 7pm on WPBS in Watertown. The Last Ridge: the Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division uses vintage film footage, first-person accounts, and on-location reenactments to bring to life the 10th Mountain's role in World War 2. NPR's Scott Simon is the narrator. Abbie Kealy directed, wrote, and produced The Last Ridge. She told David Sommerstein it's the story of the division's daring assault on the German front in the mountains of northern Italy in 1945.  Go to full article

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