The Mountains Less Traveled: Chic Chocs, QC

This year I’ve taken a relaxed approach to the end of ski season. I’ve put storage wax on but left my the skis by the door. To some extent I’ve been right and wrong. Local hills have long since abandoned attempts to stay open and the lucky few who skied the recent dump in the Greens surely know that the curtain is lowering on winter.

My unhurried approach this spring is the result of a secret card I’ve had up my sleeve, a trip booked months ago to the far reaches of the Northeast, the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec. The area is home to the Chic Choc mountains, a backcountry paradise of huts and deep snow at the tip of the Appalachian range. What follows is my first taste of adventure in this exceptional place, although I am sure that this could easily become a yearly installment.

Continue reading

Elaine Supp: USASA Boardercross Champion

The USASA Nationals Snowboard Competition was held this year at Copper Mountain, Colorado from March 31 to April 5. The annual event draws competitors from all around the country in Superpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross, Slalom and Giant Slalom. The event is recognized as a proving ground for Olympic snowboarding hopefuls.

Elaine Supp

Elaine Supp of Syracuse NY — a Plattekill regular and a competitor in the Catskill Mountain Series — traveled by herself to Colorado to compete in Boardercross for Senior Women 23-29.

Continue reading

Introducing the NY Nordic Ski Area Directory

In the original blog entry announcing the NY Ski Area Directory we included a comment about the possibility of developing a section for cross country ski areas. At the time, I didn’t know what was involved.

While my roots are in cross country skiing, I had no idea how many nordic centers were in the state and didn’t know what would make a directory valuable to both classic and skate skiers.

Shortly after the original post, I got a note from Peter Minde, a forum member and follower of NYSkiBlog. He was enthusiastic about the nordic section of the directory, so I asked him if he was interested in being the guest editor of the directory. He agreed.

Peter is a dedicated and knowledgeable nordic skier. He’s the editor of and a freelance writer who contributes to both and Trail Runner magazine. He’s also an age group winner at the Lake Placid Loppet and has skied more than 100 races. He regards both Mount van Hoevenberg and Vermont’s Prospect Mountain as home bases, but he’s also happy setting tracks old school in the park near home in the NY metro area.

Each listing in the nordic directory includes a trail map and statistics about the area including elevation, trail counts, snowfall statistics, links to conditions reports and information about area amenities for each area featured.

The nordic directory is a work in progress. It’s our goal to produce a complete profile for each area based on actual skier experience. Peter has been incredibly valuable in this regard, but we will continue to build out the directory over the summer and in the years to come. We hope NYSB reader will share their knowledge to make the directory as complete as possible.

Input on the directory as a whole can be added as comments below this blog post. Comments or additions on specific area profiles can be emailed to us: