Skiing in Lake Placid, New York

How I Learned to Ski on Whiteface Mountain

Back when I was in college in Plattsburgh, New York, I was told by my advisor that I had to choose an elective in order to suffice my General Education requirements. I had so many choices and didn’t like any of them with the exception of one: Downhill Skiing. Not only did it sound fun, but it was a one-credit course in which only met for a total of four consecutive Sundays, between eight in the morning until four in the afternoon after the NFL season, mind you. It sounded almost too good to be true and in one of the rarest of occasions, it was actually better than even that, as I would later come to find.

When I checked out the course description, I was pleasantly surprised to find that a professor of mine who was popular among the student body that went simply by the name “Coach” who would be teaching the course. I’d already taken a course with him on Wilderness First-Aid and Adult CPR (don’t ask me why they didn’t include Child CPR, as for the life of me I still don’t understand it to this day). I actually delve into some of the incredible things that I learned under his tutelage as a student. In my hub, titled Wilderness First-Aid and Outdoor Survival, I’ll teach you how to find clean water, build a fire, a shelter, and built a makeshift-stretcher should the occasion call for it, among other things. Such information could be put to good use if ever you’re in the woods and tragedy strikes.

With that said, Coach and I had a pretty solid rapport with one another, as I was one of his favorites in his previous class. When I finally decided to take up Downhill Skiing, I was floored to learn that the class size was for only 25 with 8 more on the waiting list. I became queasy. All I could think about was not graduating due to my missing a one-credit elective! I went to his office without an appointment, as I practically barged in. I was getting ready to start begging. I left shame outside in the hallway before walking in and once there, I told Coach my story and he listened very carefully and smiled at me.

“How’s your driving record?” He asked me.

“Good! No tickets, no accidents…Clean.”

“Any DWIs?” I smiled.

“Nope. Not yet anyway.” I gave him a wink and he let out a laugh.

“Well, how would you like to drive one of the passenger vans for me?”

“Sure, I don’t mind.” And I didn’t. The past summer, at a New Hampshire sleep-away camp, I drove a 15-passenger van almost daily while chauffeuring around some of the staff whenever they needed to go into town or during camping trips. “But what about the other students that are on the waiting list?”

“Sucks to be them…I got a second driver!”

I was elated.

One of these vans would be waiting for me at seven o'clock every Sunday morning
One of these vans would be waiting for me at seven o'clock every Sunday morning

So Coach drove one van of thirteen of my peers and I drove the second van carrying the other twelve, along with all of our gear, which we barely had enough room for. On Coach’s van, a hitch with a dolly carried all the rest of our equipment. The only bad thing about having to drive the van was the fact that I had to meet Coach on campus by seven in the morning (so as to start and load up the vans) during the Plattsburgh winter which sometimes saw temperatures dip well below zero with the wind chill. This of course meant that I couldn’t party like a rock star the night before, yet my peers could, as they were able to catch about forty-five minutes of sleep before reaching Lake Placid. This apparently made me a bit jealous, because I got even with my passengers by blasting music, refusing to turn on the heat, and stopping short for no apparent reason and covered up by yelling, “Squirrel!” Some of these bastards even smelled like alcohol while walking past me to take their seats! Damn kids!

Upon driving into Lake Placid, New York, this is exactly what you would see
Upon driving into Lake Placid, New York, this is exactly what you would see

Before going to Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain, I failed to ever learn how to ski and so sincerely wanted to remedy that. But Coach didn’t care. He told me when we reached the humongous lodge that I could hang out there, read all day, catch up on my school work, or go snow-bunny hunting if I so chose, and that as long as I didn’t get in any trouble with the law, I’d get an “A” just for driving the second van for him. But I really did want to learn how to ski and so actually learned it quite well. In fact, I did so well that Coach told me that I would’ve gotten an “A” grade regardless if I drove the second van or not. That of course made me pretty warm and fuzzy inside (kind of like a snow bunny, perhaps) Truth be told, my Downhill Skiing class would become the most fun I’d ever have all through my years of college for so many reasons and Coach was one of them. He was the first and only college professor to tell me personally on the very first day of class that the class would be an “Easy ‘A’.” How many college professors ever did that for you?

Picturesque Whiteface Summit

Do you hunt Snow-Bunnies?

Typical Snow-Bunny in fashionably seasonal attire
Typical Snow-Bunny in fashionably seasonal attire
Miracle on Ice: USA defeats USSR at the 1980 Winter Olympics
Miracle on Ice: USA defeats USSR at the 1980 Winter Olympics

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Olympic Ski Jump
Olympic Ski Jump
Olympic Ski Jump
Olympic Ski Jump

1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, New York

What Lake Placid, New York is famous for is not its lake or its paltry population of 2,300 or so, but for its playing host to the XIII Winter Olympic Games from February 13 through the 24 of 1980. It represented 37 of the world’s nations and saw the United States take home a total of 12 medals: 6 Gold, 4 Silver, and 2 Bronze and was third in medals won behind what was the U.S.S.R. and East Germany.

But by far the most important medal that was won was by the United States Olympic Hockey team who shocked the world by beating the heavily favored Russians 4-3 in what may be the single-most amazing feat in all of sports, due to the implications between these two world powers during the Cold War. In fact, the event would later be dubbed, “Miracle on Ice.” The 2004 movie titled, “Miracle” retells the tale of David versus Goliath. Every year, Olympic athletes from all over the country come to Lake Placid to train, bringing with them many spectators who take great pleasure in watching them. They really are amazing to watch live, rather than on a TV tube. I highly recommend coming to Lake Placid just to catch a glimpse of them training. Please check out the video clip of it below.

Whiteface Mountain

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Whiteface Mountain and Mount Esther seen from Jay Ridge
Whiteface Mountain and Mount Esther seen from Jay Ridge
Diagram of trails at Whiteface
Diagram of trails at Whiteface

Whiteface Mountain and Ski Resort

Whiteface Mountain is the fifth-highest mountain within the New York State’s Adirondacks. Despite what the title of this hub suggests, the actual town in which Whiteface Mountain is located is Wilmington, New York. The town of Lake Placid, which was named after its popular lake, but in all actuality, is about thirteen miles from Whiteface Mountain which boasts the steepest vertical drop in the eastern part of the United States at 3,430 feet. In comparison, this is much higher than Aspen Mountain in Colorado; Park City Resort in Utah; Killington, Stowe, Jay Peak, and Stratton in Vermont; Sunday River in Maine; and Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Whiteface Mountain is one of the highest peaks in New YorkState and on a clear day, visitors can get a glimpse of Vermont and even Canada. It has a base elevation of 1,220 feet and has a lift service terrain from 4,386 feet (1,337 meters) and a hike-to terrain from 4,650 (1,420 meters) and nearby Little Whiteface has an altitude of 3,676 feet. Skiing enthusiasts will find a total of 18 miles (29 kilometers) of ski terrain stretching out over 76 trails.

Bunny Slopes and "Iceface"

Among the 220 acres of ski area, 35 acres are dedicated to expert or extreme adventure terrain not for the weak of heart. Such terrain is known as, the “Slides” which is rugged, unkempt wilderness area that is rarely open to the public due to the safety hazards and so can only be accessed via hiking from the top of the Summit Quad. WhitefaceMountain offers a separate area for beginners called Kids Kampus or aptly referred to as the “Bunny Slopes” which unfortunately seldom plays hosts to any Snow-Bunnies from my experience. Sometimes referred to as “Iceface,” due to it’s southern exposure during the course of the day, causing the powder to melt and refreeze, Whiteface can surprise many skiers as what looks like packed snow is actually a thin-layer of powder covering solid ice, so skiers beware! I damn near tore my knee up whilst attempting to ski down an intermediate slope and around a bend only to wind up with my back against the orange safety webbing that saved me from falling about 300 feet to my death—that is if I didn’t smack against one of the many pine trees on the way down. A couple of skiers stopped to check me out; I was a living work of amateur ski art for all to enjoy, free of charge of course.

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Cross-country Skiing
Cross-country Skiing

The Slides

Over the past ten years, some major overhaul was done to remedy Whiteface being notoriously referred to as “Iceface” About 98% of the trails are now covered by snowmaking which of course does not include the Slides. In all due respect to the imminent dangers involved, the Slides are double-diamond runs that are only open at the very end of the skiing season due to (would you believe it?) avalanche danger. Whenever I saw a helicopter around WhitefaceMountain I always get the chills and not because of the Nordic weather, mind you.

The Sensation of Skiing

In the four Sundays in which I learned to ski for the first time in my life at Whiteface Mountain, I improved from beginner to intermediate, relishing and wanting more the rush of speed that I felt while accelerating down a slope. There really is nothing as exhilarating, at least to me, as gravity takes over and your sensations scream. Overall, I highly recommend that you visit Whiteface Mountain as it sure to challenge you as it challenges Olympic skiers from all over the country whenever they come here to train. Thanks for reading me and I hope to see you on the slopes!

You can visit the official Whiteface Mountain Website by clicking here.

Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain Photo Gallery

Lake Placid, New York in the Spring

Lake Placid as seen from Whiteface Mountain
Lake Placid as seen from Whiteface Mountain

Lasting Impressions

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Comments 57 comments

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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Skiing? No thank you. Not my type of sport - I like to see others skiing, personaly would not want to do it.

But Lake Placid area is certainly beautiful- thank you for sharing.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Why not??? It's fun, just so long as you don't have an accident! Thanks, Tatjana-Mihaela for being the first to respond!


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livewithrichard 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

This is great Dohn. I first learned to ski when I was in high school at a place where the highest slope was maybe 500ft. Just over the border in Wisconsin there was a better park called Wilmont Mountain...lol mountain in Wisconsin. Twice as high as Holiday park, the first place, and twice as fun.

When I joined the Army and was stationed in the Mojave desert, I thought it would be a very long time before I could ski again. I was wrong, the best place I had ever skied was at Big Bear, near San Bernardino, Ca. How does 8800 feet sound for skiing? I've been skiing in CO and UT and those places were full of "snow bunnies" but for real skiing, I would stick with Big Bear.

I'd really like to go to Lake Placid, it looks beautiful and challenging, though at my age now I'm sure I'd spend a lot more time in the clubhouse...lol Unless someone spotted one of those giant crocodiles :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, thanks, LWR. 8,800 feet? Really? Does anyone's nose bleed at that elevation? The gondola ride alone must take like an hour to get to the top! I really would like to visit Big Bear one day, not to mention Utah and Colorado...Aren't snow bunnies lovely? Thanks, LWR. I appreciate the story and your comment.


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juneaukid 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

I enjoyed this article a lot--didn't learn to downhill ski till I was forty-five along side my 15 year-old son about 25 years ago. Never got beyond intermediate, but my son of course did--he loves mogels. I still like blue trails in Colorado.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, juneaukid. I'd really like to go back to Lake Placid this winter as I haven't been skiing in such a long time. I'm glad that I learned how to ski but know that I will need at least two-months time before I can be confident enough to take on a black diamond. Colorado sounds awesome.


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keira7 7 years ago

Hi bro, I really like your hub very much, the photos are beautiful. Myself being from a ski result in the Alps, when look at this photos it makes me homesick. Great hub.:)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow, keira7, then you must be a formidable skier! I would love to also visit Switzerland and Germany one day, especially Belgium as I have family there. Thanks so much for reading me.


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keira7 7 years ago

Thanks a lot for reading me too my friend, I was so happy when I have seen your comment that I forgot to write your name when answering. Sorry about that.:) God Bless you bro.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Not a problem! I'm always happy to comment on other people's hubs that I enjoy.


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Green Lotus 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Downhill skiing as an elective? OMG heaven on earth! And those photos are exquisite. I truly enjoyed this one dohn.

Once upon a time, I was what they called a "ski bum" at Mt. Snow, Vermont. Every week I drove into Brattleboro to collect my unemployment check. The rest of the week I spent on the slopes.What's with you man? Every time I read one of your hubs I find a piece of my life? BTW, I was a snow bunny but I hit the north face.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yup, Downhill Skiing was actually an elective. Golf was in the spring, if you can believe that (dudes were like camping out in front of the Registrar's Office for that one!

The point about you finding some piece of your life in my writing? It's intentional :D I'm glad that you liked this hub! That's all that matters, right?

By the way, about Brattleboro? The camp I made a reference about was near Keene, NH! Small World!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Dohn: I would be too scared to ski as I am not sporty, that is unless you consider Tai Chi a sport which I am learning, LOL! I got wistful looking at photos of my beloved New York. Lived in NY for most of my life until I relocated 5 years ago to the West Coast. :) Your professor obviously loves what he does for a living.

Beautiful photos and hope you don't mind my saying so, superb writing. I learn by watching other writers.


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Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

I am with Tajana-Mihaela and VioletSun on this one. I would much rather watch than participate. I don't even like snow except in photographs...and your photos were beautiful ones. Interesting hub. Factual and fun with a personal angle. Thanks.


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anglnwu 7 years ago

I'm not one for snow--I much prefer the sun any day but your hub is interesting nonetheless. Your story is heart-warming--I certainly would like a professor like coach and yes, breath-taking pics. Good work, Dohn--I'm envious with your huge following of readers. JK?


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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Interesting hub and fun to read though I don't see myself participating in such, at least for now. Thanks for sharing.


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Song-Bird 7 years ago from Michigan

You wouldn't have been able to get me to take downhill skiing for a class! The couple of times I tried it I went down the hills backwards, sideways and upside down - not on purpose! Cross country skiing is much more my style although I still scream doing that as well :)


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States

Not for me but a great hub and I loved all the pictures. I have been to Lake Placid in the fall of the year and it is gorgeous.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@VioletSun-Thanks! I didn't know that you were a native New Yorker! That's great to know. I actually had the opportunity to live in Westchester, the Hudson Valley, and Plattsburgh in all (in other words, everywhere near I-87). Yes, Coach is quite a guy. Thank you for the wonderful comment :D

@Peter Dickinson-I really like your comment Peter, thank you. I couldn't help but to add that portion/slice-of-life story to this hub as it made sense to. I appreciate it.

@aginwu-I see now that there are many of my friends that prefer to ski and it's understandable. I did attempt to ski when I was 5 or so with my sponsors, but didn't really "get it" then. I'm really fortunate to have such support at HP. Thank you so much for the comment ;)

@Philipo-Thanks for that, Philipo. Skiing is a lot of fun if you dare! I was always one to try something new--Skydiving might be on my list next...Thanks for reading me.

@Song-Bird-Ha! That's great! I take it you didn't get hurt while enduring all that? I will give you credit for at least trying. I was always one for speed. Cross-country skiing can be very grueling in long stretches, so I won't discount that. Thanks, Song-Bird.

@Pamela99-Hey, Pamela. Thanks for the comment. I'm so jealous that you were able to visit Lake Placid! I would have loved to have gone. Next year then :)


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Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

The Snow Bunny photo didn't load when I first read the hub. Wow! Get me the skis...now ;-)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! If she were my ski instructor, I'd get nothing done! I'd be too distracted :D


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Woooooooowwwwwwww!!!! Great pics (will come back to read the hub more :), it's already midnight here). I love those pics. Wish I saw some snow when I went in California in 2004. As it was, I only saw snow when we were on a plane traveling over snow-packed mountains. I'll come back for more promise. Right now, will take some zzzzzzzzzz.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks Emie. I'm sure that you will. Shame you didn't get to experience Big Bear while there (gee, that rhymed). Hopefully, you will, however (hint). It's great to hear from you as always, Emie. I'll see you soon ;)


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Dohn,

As you know from my first time skiing hub, I love to ski and have improved tremendously since my first experieince. As always awesome pictures!!! A great article with so many facts, I had no idea. I am closer to New York than I have ever lived. Sure would love the opportunity to visit after reading your hub!! Thumbs up!!!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, emohealer. It's always great to hear from you. I would love to go back there myself this year. There really is nothing like skiing in my opinion. Thank you for the comment! I hope to talk to you again soon.


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hi Dohn, I imagine myself skiing, and you made me more wanting to do it. I could skate, but I dont think I am up to the colds, BRRRRRR....am skinny LOL< but the picture are so enchanting and lovely, I never imagine some parts of New York can be so beautiful during winter. As usual, you do always a good job about writing about a beautiful place. The pics are just awesome, Maita


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Leop 7 years ago

Dohn, this is great, credits for all those who like skiing. It sure is fun for people who ski. Especially on great places like the ones you just posted. I have a friend who goes skiing different areas of the country every year and he has lots of fun. So again congrats on your great sport. Well documented.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@prettydarkhorse-You wouldn't go if I invited you??? Just kidding :D I see why you like Texas. Yes, New York is a HUGE state (not as big as Texas, mind you) I should know, because I spent just a week touring half the state by car with 3 of my fraternity brothers. Let me know if you ever come up to the Big Apple :) Thanks again!

@Leop-Thank you for comment. Personally, I love to ski (obviously) but never learned to snowboard. I hear that it's much tougher to learn to do so AFTER one learns how to ski. Your friend certainly is lucky. Thanks for reading me!


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Lots of great stuff here and full of energy to... Wow this is a masterpiece dohn... Thanks for sharing...


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, GH, thanks for commenting! I really got to get back there again this season. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.


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andromida 7 years ago

Extraordinary pictures.I always love pictures of nature.Terriers are so cute.Hope one day I will go skiing with you.


PandaP 7 years ago

GReat post!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, andromida! That would be pretty cool, my friend. Hope to talk to you again.

Thanks PandaP!


Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

Dohn,

This is a fantastic hub! It must have really taken you some time to put all of this together. I am impressed. I have always wanted to learn how to ski. However, I am terrified that I would fall off of the mountain or be as unlucky as to have an avalanche falll upon me. Nevertheless, I am sure it would be an exciting adventure.

I love the pictures and like your touch of imagination by adding the snow bunny. I am sure the fellas will love that one. :)

Your hubs just keep getting better with each inspiration you have. Keep on writing and I look forward to the next Revenge...um..today. Yes, the deadline is today. ***WINK**


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, UK. I'm glad that you read this. I've been meaning to write this one for sometime...I actually wanted very much to tell my story about Coach, as he's one of the funnest professors I ever had. In CPR class, he paired me up with this strawberry blonde :D

This hub took me about 14 hours or so and as always, I had more pics than I knew what to do with. Thanks for the compliment!

You should try skiing one day just so you can say you tried it. It's really not that hard once you get the hang of it. Just listen to your instructor--they know what they're talking about! Snow bunnies are always fun to see :D

Revenge WILL be ready tonight! I'm off to finish it now! See you there!


HealthTip 7 years ago

No skiing for this Bad Boy, too damn cold but those bunnies sure as hell looked hot. But man what totally amazing scenery, I could stand there and just freeze to death taking that scenery in, just jawdropping. Anyways as always a great hub, jeeez 14 hours Dohn, well the results are there to see, deff any traffic you get will spend time on this page just for the pics alone.

Enjoy your weekend my friend !


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, HT. I wouldn't worry too much about the cold my friend (that's what the snow-bunnies are for). You and I could just dress up in coats, goggles, and ski pants and just float around the ski lodge all day and yakking it up with those bunnies, like the other chauvinists. We'll fit right in :D

Thanks again, my friend. I hope you enjoy your weekend as well!


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Dohn,

Great hub as usual coming from you. Those pictures of Lake Placid scenery are beautiful. (Oh yes...mustn't forget the ski bunny! Ha!) Too late for me now to learn how to ski but I enjoyed vicariously joining you on your elective course and everything that was involved. Coach sounds like a great guy.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Peggy. I really loved my time there and every year, I tell myself that I will go back, and then caught up with life. I appreciate the comment and compliment.

And don't tell me it's too late to ski! A 60-year old man blew by me on the slopes and told me to "Hurry up!" because "Life's too short!"

It was Coach.


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Wow Dohn. You had a Ski on that mountain. I'm sure you really enjoyed it though. Beautiful pictures.

I can Ski on Video Games. lol. I enjoyed reading the Hub.

The Puppies are cute.

Thanks.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, I did take the gondola ride all the way to the top, which took about 20 minutes or so! I didn't dare ski down however (I value my life too much). I just wanted to see the magnificent view of it all. It's amazing in itself really.

Yeah, I like those puppies too. I wish I had one too :D Thanks for visiting!


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

dohn...Wonderfully illustrated and descriptive of a sport I sorely miss here in Arizona ( Flagstaff notwithstanding )... I don't recall seeing snow bunnies like those, thankfully...I would have had a short conversation with a tall pine tree, or a tall jump off a short cliff if you know what I mean...I wonder if she was on the slopes when Sonny Bono met his demise..? I always enjoy your descriptive and lively penning..Thanks, Larry


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Larry. Thanks for the compliment. Yes! I would certainly be distracted too and skiing down a slope at 30 miles an hour is no time to be gawking at some voluptuous vixen! I love Arizona during this time of year, however. I hear that Big Bear's not too far away...Thanks again, my friend. I appreciate your words.


cosette 7 years ago

wow! I love reading your adventures. and such gorgeous places. including photos of Lake Placid in the Spring was a nice touch. two thumbs UP!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you cosette, as always. One day I will return to NY and live among the Adirondacks again. But for now, I'll just have to suck it up in CT. I had fun writing this one. Thank you.


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific hub. Loved it. I went down the luge at Lake George one winter, and experience I'll never forget!

The pics and the writing are just beautiful, as always. I like it that you drove. You're the guy!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for that, Paradise7. From what I know of you through your writing, I'm sure that you are not that far away from Lake Placid and of course Lake George. That's wonderful to hear. There's just something about the Adirondacks and the Hudson Valley that makes me feel right at home. Thanks for the feedback and the compliment! I love driving by the way, no matter what vehicle it may be.


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

Ohhh, dohn! You're killing me here! LOL what a beautiful hub and such great memories you share! I have not skied Lake Placid.. I am originally from the mid-west and skied the icy slopes there... Though, your hub has me aching to ski again. I lived in Vail Colorado for 10 years and so the mountain living is so fond in my heart! I can so connect with your experience. Thank you very much for sharing . It looks so awesome. :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Invictus! I'm glad that you enjoyed this. I've caught the skiing bug and it just won't go away. I'm happy to hear that you've been bitten by it too. I'm really amazed at just how many Hubbers here are reluctant to go skiing, but hey, to each his own! Thanks so much for commenting. I bet you enjoyed all 10 years of living in Colorado :D


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Arthur Gulumian 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Lmao those were some interesting pictures Dohn. I never tried skiing before, but I did snowboard. My friend actually broke his entire collar bone from snowboarding haha; it was painful, yes, but he's doing fine. What's life without risks right Dohn? Haha.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Arthur. Thanks. Yes, life is without a doubt full of risks...You won't have any real fun unless you give in to the Big Risks. Sorry to hear about your friend. My sister last year tore her MCL and ACL while skiing in Massachusetts. It took her a year to recuperate. She swore to all of us that she would NEVER ski again. I believed her. Thanks bro.


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sweetie1 7 years ago from India

Real breath taking pics..thanks and u shd go to Himalayas for skiing..very good there


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm glad that you liked it. The Himalayas? That would be amazing, not to mention absolutely terrifying ;) Thank you for reading me.


mtsi1098 7 years ago

Great pictures of an incredible area...I remember going there when I was real small but can still remember a ride down the Bobsled run...Who can forget the 1980 US Hockey team, I still wear the Captains' Jersey...thanks


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Well, I can't remember the 1980 US Hockey Team as I had not yet immigrated to America at the time. However, people were still raving about it long after my family and I reached America. It was one of the greatest feats in all of sports. Thanks so much, mtsi1098 for the comment!


Yana 3 years ago

There is something to be said for not biynug the best because of the inherent disposability built into many products. If I know I am going to beat the heck out of something or if I know there will always be something new and better coming, I'm going to go for the cheaper item. But overall you are right that you can't go wrong with quality.


Nurik 3 years ago

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