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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
Debate rages over funding for Gore Mt. and the Ski Bowl
Debate rages over funding for Gore Mt. and the Ski Bowl

ORDA president says North Creek money needs "pro-active" review

Earlier this week, the Olympic Regional Development Authority's board of directors reopened the debate over how to spend $5.5 million slated for the North Creek ski bowl. That action infuriated Johnsburg town supervisor Bill Thomas, who says the fund should be used to connect the ski bowl to the state-run ski center at Gore Mountain. But the interconnect project has been delayed by an environmental review. Some ORDA board members believe that there might be better uses for the money. ORDA board president Patrick Barrett grew up in St. Regis Falls and owns property in Lake Placid. He was chosen to lead the development authority by former Governor George Pataki, who made the appointment just a week before leaving office. Barrett spoke yesterday with Brian Mann, about this controversy and about his vision for ORDA.  Go to full article
A fight over $5.5 for North Creek's ski bowl
A fight over $5.5 for North Creek's ski bowl

ORDA, local leader feud over $5.5 million ski fund

A fight has erupted between the Olympic Regional Development Authority and one of the Adirondack Park's most influential local government leaders. At a meeting this week, ORDA's board decided to re-open the question of how to spend a $5.5 million fund. The money had been set aside for a chair lift that would connect North Creek's local ski bowl with the stat-run Gore Mountain ski area. That project has been delayed by litigation and by a review of possible environmental impacts. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported yesterday that several ORDA officials say the money might be lost if it's not spent on other projects. According to the newspaper, other proposals for the fund include upgrades to the Gore Mountain base lodge and construction of a learning center. But Johnsburg Town Supervisor Bill Thomas, whose community includes North Creek, accused ORDA of trying to raid money that locals fought hard to win. Thomas, who also sits on the Adirondack Park Agency board, spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Slush and Mud?But Spring Skiing's Great!

A forecast of high winds, rain and fog is enough to deter most of us from stepping into cross-country skis. But Emily Tyner, who lives in the Lake Clear-Paul Smiths area, says this is her favorite season for skiing. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

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