Raiders of Snow Valley, VT

Recent snowfall has blessed us across the Northeast, and there is no part of this run that any skier should take for granted.

Snow Valley base lodge

If you haven’t dusted off the boards for awhile, grab your rear-entry’s or your leathers and get after it, conditions are so soft that they’ll put a smile on your face to match the nostalgia of deep winters past.

This weekend, with a fat base worthy of an old time Tribe Called Quest song, my brother agreed to accompany me for a late afternoon skin at a resort that wasn’t as fortunate as those still standing.

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Tuxedo Ridge: The Ultimate Playdate

Ever since I first met my buddy “X” at Gore in 2010, we’ve been plotting to get our daughters together on the slopes. Two girls the same age, whose fathers love to ski: what more do you need?


It turned out to be much easier said than done.  Getting the stars to align took almost four years. Sunday was a perfect day for it downstate, if you look past the recent nuclear meltdown of the snowpack by rainstorm.

We woke just before dawn to gear up, eat breakfast and drive up to Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center.

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Lost Ski Areas of the Adirondacks

Jeremy Davis, founder of Harvey Mountain

Entitled Lost Ski Areas of the Adirondacks, this book will highlight 50-60 areas from that region, from the first J-bar in New York State (in Lake George), to short rope tows at hotels in Lake Placid, to large planned resorts that were never completed like Lowenburg near Lyon Mountain.

Jeremy has begun research on the book and has already come across an array of fascinating photos and maps, as well as information and narratives from people who remember these mountains. Lost Ski Areas of the Adirondacks is scheduled to be in print in the summer of 2012.

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