Monthly Archives: August 2012
Averages are averages after all. And while averages for snowfall were impossibly out of reach at the end of the season, April temperatures took a nosedive. After the record highs in March, the first full month of spring was cold, and served up an unlikely epilogue to the lift served season.
During the summer we take advantage of a lull in the action to make site improvements. This summer has been no different. We’ve moved the blog to WordPress, a much more robust framework. One advantage is the ability to customize pages.
NYSkiBlog began in 2008 as a weather resource and now we’re taking our ny ski weather page to the next level. We hope the new format will provide a convenient way to get current and forecast ski conditions and weather quickly.
The top of the weather page will continue to feature the NWS Albany Weather Synopsis, updated every morning. We’ll also continue with the point forecast map for eastern New York. Click on any spot on the map and get a full forecast for that specific location. Below the point forecast map we’ve included the NWS forecast discussions for the NWS offices of New York: Albany, Binghamton, Burlington VT, Buffalo, and New York City.
After the lift-served season ended across New York and the Northeast, the most enterprising skiers were left to their travels. One such adventurer, ml242, pursued a long-held dream to ski the Chic Chocs at the northernmost end of the Appalachian Chain, on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec.
Against the advice of one of the most respected guide services in the region Matt and his group insisted on visiting the region, in one of the lowest snow years the region had seen in decades. As luck had it, some new snow did fall as they were travel north, and the conditions they found were quite nice, thank you.
For three seasons, I’ve wanted a durable camera that would fit in my pocket, deploy quickly and take great pictures at the same time. I’m talking about sharp images that can standup to close scrutiny. And while the most famous skiers can get down the hill with a full-on digital SLR, I simply can’t. I can’t manage the bulk, and those cameras can’t handle the impacts they’d be likely to encounter in my parka.
When I last tried to solve this problem, there were plenty of compact, tough, reasonably fast cameras out there, but none of them were delivering sharp, crisp images.
But things are changing. It seems that the proliferation of smart phones, and the reasonable decent cameras they contain, has all but killed the point-and-shoot market. Sales of compact inexpensive camera have dropped like a stone, and that’s pushing camera manufacturers to up their game in the portable camera sector. I came across a camera review in the New York Times for the Sony RX100 entitled Tiny Camera to Rival the Pros.