Category: Skiing

Sugarloaf Marathon 2013

Have you ever tried to eat a chunk of banana that’s sat out in 20-degree weather?  It’s a frozen, slippery blob, impossible to chew or swallow, and it tastes like crap.  Plus, the feed station volunteer pulled a Kieran Jones,…

Pietro Piller Cottrer Retires

After eight World Cup victories and 191 starts, langrenn.com reports that Pietro Piller Cottrer is bowing out of World Cup cross-country ski racing.

Notchview: Bread and Jam Race

Woulda coulda shoulda.  I blew the kick wax – er, klister – but in a different way. In a Subaru with a failing clutch, I went on dawn patrol to Notchview for the Bread and Jam race.  Several years ago,…

As the Cookie Crumbles: Peru Nordic’s Cookie Clash

– words by Peter; all photos by Laurel Minde Each time I crested the aptly named Killer Hill, my legs flooded with lactic acid.  Naturally, there was no rest for the wicked: from the height of land, a gradual descent turned…

Avant Le Déluge: Skiing Mohonk

“What’s it like to be a local?” I asked my friend Gary, not without jealousy.  “You spend all morning running errands, you don’t get here until two and you can still ski a couple hours!”  Busy in the morning, Gary…

Skiing Mount van Hoevenberg

This video of Mount van Hoevenberg is from the days bookending the Loppet.  Sorry, no race footage: I ain’t wearing a camera whilst racing.  The one time I brought a camera along in a race – during the Escarpment Trail Run,…

Douglas, Wiltberger Win Frigid Lake Placid Loppet

Winter came back with a vengeance for the 2013 Lake Placid Loppet.  After a snow drought and warm temperatures canceled last year’s race, Saturday saw frigid temperatures and slow snow for the the hardest race in the  northeast.