Photos From Free Skiing In Lake Placid

FasterSkierOctober 31, 2005

For those of us who haven't been skiing yet (which is most of our readers), these are the last “Great Early Skiing In…” photos we will be posting (at least for a while). We don't want you gnawing your arm off in anticipation/frustration just yet. After all, it is still October.

This report comes from Lake Placid, New York.

The Olympic Trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg celebrated their earliest opening in the venue’s history on Saturday, thanks the storm that dumped snow over the northeast last week. The 10 kilometers of groomed trails were opened free of charge according to an ORDA press release.

“We are very appreciative of the early-season grooming,” said Rick Costanza, Nordic and biathlon coach for the New York Ski Educational Foundation, who had a group of student-athletes training this week. “It looked like January out there. The trees were covered. It’s a real treat to ski this time of year.”

FasterSkier received the following report and photos from Williams College skiers Morgan Goodwin and Tucker Swain:

These were taken on Saturday October 29th at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. They had about 10km of groomed trails, and about 5k were extremely good… It was midwinter conditions that easily could have been raced on… The base packed out to between 2 and 6 inches, but there were sections that felt like mid-season skiing. It was absolutely gorgeous, sunny and 40F. Unfortunately, by the time we left on Sunday the snow was rapidly melting in the 50F weather.

Two skiers pictured are Tucker Sawin in the purple cow print and Morgan Goodwin in the blue tights.


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