The Halfway Brook Trail

The Halfway Brook Trail was another traditional path through the Garnet Hills, in the Southern Adirondacks. It was used by locals for decades prior to the land’s inclusion into the Forest Preserve. In the 1930s, it was traveled by mine workers moving from their North River living quarters to the mine each day. In the last 50 years, the trail has been used mostly during the winter by backcountry skiers.

William Blake Pond.
William Blake Pond

Halfway Brook Trail now officially extends all the way to the old farm road, absorbing (and shortening) a trail that had been called “Overlook” on the Garnet Hill trail map for years. I was never sure if Overlook was actually a new name for part of the Halfway Brook Trail, or something truly distinct.  To further complicate things, the first section of the trail, became known as the William Blake Pond Trail — another result of the way lodge guests used the route.

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The Ski Season in Photos #7

Surfing the Pipeline.
TD Surfs The Pipeline • Hinterlandia • Jan 31 2012

New York is a bit of an underdog in the world of skiing; under appreciated, by some, for lower snowfall totals than our neighbor to the east, Vermont.

It may be for this reason that our neighbor to the north, the Province of Ontario Canada, holds a special place in the hearts of the New York skiers who publish the New York Ski Blog. Known affectionately to us as “The Hinterlands,” Ontario is blessed with snowfall and cold temperatures, but short on vertical drop.

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Jessica Pezak Accepts Position at Alyeska Resort

Alyeska ResortJessica Pezak, Marketing Manager at Hunter Mountain, has accepted a new position as Director of Marketing at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood Alaska. Located in the Chugach Mountains 40 miles south of Anchorage, the four season resort features heli-skiing and catskiing, lift-serviced alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing and dog-sledding as well as a variety of summer activities.

A New Jersey native, Jessica graduated in Hunter from Hunter-Tannersville Central High school in 2002.  She started building websites back when 56k dialup modems were the fastest internet connection setup. Her social media background began when Boston University students began beta-testing Facebook, which was in development at Harvard while she was attending BU.

She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in communications and gained her job at Hunter through her local connections, working originally in PR.  She’s built Hunter’s social media platforms, and has become increasingly involved with online marketing efforts, web/programming, collateral development, media buying and many other facets of the resort’s marketing.

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