NY Ski Magazine: Lech, Austria

Mention the Austrian ski resort of Lech and people immediately think of a snowbound Monaco, filled with celebrities, high-ranking diplomats, powerful CEOs, and the otherwise very well off, but that’s only part of the story.


The huge interconnected ski area that this picture-perfect alpine village shares with sister resort Zürs is not only the snowiest major ski destination in Europe — filled with more untracked powder than you can shake a ski pole at — it’s also considered, along with nearby St. Anton, to be the cradle of alpine skiing.

Equally important, two visits during consecutive winters proved that you don’t need the financial resources of the Top 1% to have a memorable vacation skiing Lech Austria.

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Lech Austria: Powder and Porches

Bill Demong: The Interview

Billy-DemongLet’s face it: at best, nordic combined — where athletes race cross-country after jumping — is not on most Americans’ radar.  When Johnny Spillane won the U.S.’s first World Championship gold in 2003, it didn’t elicit a yawn outside the nordic ski community.  But when the U.S. broke through for four nordic combined medals in the 2010 Winter Olympics, it got people’s attention.

In Vancouver, Vermontville NY native Bill Demong skied to gold in the large hill/10 km event and anchored the U.S. to silver in the team event.  Johnny Spillane, now retired, had two individual silver medals in that Olympics and shared team event silver.

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Rock Pond, NY

Rock Pond NY is one of the easiest and most satisfying places to go, or take a family. It’s right there at the end of a long drive, just a paddle and a portage to a heavenly spot.


For us it started at Putnam Pond, 40 miles from our camp in North River. Through Olmsteadville and Pottersville, out Route 74 towards Ticonderoga, down the Chilson Road to the DEC campground.

We set out on Putts Pond, headed to North Pond and points beyond. Invariably someone, usually me, is hiking around via the trail. Transporting boats over rocky hills is a special skill, and for your sake, I hope you never perfect it.

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