Tag: Lake Placid

Ampersand Mountain and Beyond

This weekend, Ampersand Mountain in Adirondacks was my Saturday goal. With the Climb to the Castle, the fearsome roller ski race up the Whiteface toll road, looming on Sunday, I wanted to hike something fun, but not so big that I’d…

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,…

Whither Mount van Hoevenberg?

Mount van Hoevenberg, the historic venue that hosted the cross-country events of the 1980 Winter Olympics, is at a crossroads.  While the trail system remains one of the most challenging in the U.S, it hasn’t been updated to accommodate modern…

Cross-Country Skiing in New York

The first time I happened on the New York Ski Blog  might have been an internet search for Plattekill, as my alpine skiing friends extol the virtues of that Catskills mountain.  So I browsed through it and moved on.  Months…

Skiing at Mount van Hoevenberg

Although this weekend’s Harry Eldridge races were cancelled, I drove to Lake Placid anyway to get some skiing in.  New snow fell on a base that had been turned into boilerplate, opening up the cross-country side of Mount van Hoevenberg.

Climb to the Castle Photos

Here’s a photo gallery from the Climb to the Castle on Sunday, 18 September.  Laurel took some pictures as Ellen drove up the toll road; remainder were taken at the finish line.  Click on the thumbnails to view full-size images. …

Lake Placid Loppet: a Tough Day at the Office

Long story short:  good glide and inadequate kick. Instead of obsessively waxing multiple pairs of skis, I tested grinds on Friday and prepared a single pair with a fairly open structure.  On race day morning, I corked seven thin layers…