Author: Peter Minde

Spring Skiing at Prospect Mt

Sunday was another dawn patrol run up to Prospect Mountain.  As the sun came up on the NY Thruway, I saw several cars headed north not with skis, but with multiple bikes on their roof racks.  The Tour of the…

Skiing the Thunderbolt

During the depths of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps laid out the Thunderbolt ski trail on the east side of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts .  Plummeting 2050 feet in 1.6 miles, with precipitous steeps, the Thunderbolt was the…

Great Skiing at Prospect Mountain

With snow basically gone in southern New York, I woke up at the crack of dawn on Sunday to drive to Prospect Mountain.  The change to daylight savings time added to the joys of sleep deprivation.

World Championships Mens’ 4 x 10 Relay

A hard fought battle till the last few hundred meters, when Northug turned on the afterburner. Here’s a link to NRK’s video of Northug making his move to break away. Too bad he spoiled it by showboating at the end.

Bellmare Wins Chilly Boreal Loppet

On a cold day with numbing wind chills, Patrick Bellemare won the Boreal Loppet in Forestville, Quebec on Saturday, 26 February. With a time of 5:54:49, he beat runner-up Styve Gagnon by one second over a distance of 103 k.…

Prospect Mountain Tuneup

I can think of better ways to finish pre-race training than the way this weekend went. After the thaw that tormented the northeast last week, a cold snap left Prospect Mountain’s trails hard and fast. There was minimal debris: pine…

Impatient

Possibly the longest single-day ski race in North America, the Boreal Loppet comes up a week from Saturday, and I’m impatient.  I signed on for this race last year, and the 103 k event was cancelled due to poor conditions. …