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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Dec 4, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Skiing's......really extremely good.

In the spirit of gratitude, I must, once again, mention how great the skiing is already this season. I skied at Mt. VanHoevenberg yesterday in six inches of fresh powder snow on packed trails. There is at least 18 inches of snow at the top of High Notch; sumptuous skiing anytime, remarkable for December 5. The Adirondacks appear to be in a wonderful weather pattern of continuous light to moderate snow. I am not even going to complain about having to clean the snow off my car after a very pleasant morning stint at the Prudential Terry Horrocks Real Estate office in Lake Placid yesterday morning. After all, I was looking out over frozen Mirror Lake, in the middle of a little alpine village that looked like it could be on the cover of a holiday card. Not too shabby.
Speaking of holidays, today is the first day of Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish festival that began at sundown yesterday. Happy holidays!
I hear from my Whiteface intelligence agents (oxymoron?) that skiing is great at the Olympic Mountain too. It was a little windy yesterday, but the glades are already open. That truly is remarkable: eastern glade skiing in early December! It looks like I am going to miss another "why not Wednesday," but I am sure my fun-loving, tele friends will rip it up on my behalf. Ok, I can't resist....skiing's great in New York State!!! Especially in the Adirondacks.

Idem Wooden Sailboats and the Adirondacks


I had the pleasure of visiting my friend and telemark ski mentor, Jim Sausville, recently at his workshop in Saranac Lake. Jim is a fine wood craftsman extraordinar, with a specialty in historic wooden boat restoration. I was treated to a tour and explanation of his current project; restoration of one of only twelve Idem wooden sailboats in existence. Jim is working on the project with Master Builder, Jim Cameron.
The photo features birthday boy, Jim Sausville, in front, and Jim Cameron, toward the back, hand-sanding the wooden mast for the Idem wooden sailboat, "Elfmere." The history of these boats is extremely interesting. They were designed by naval architect, Clinton Crane in the early 1900s specifically for races on the St. Regis Lake in the northern Adirondacks. The fleet, that still sails each summer on these waters, is the oldest, still-racing class of original one design sailboats in America. I will feature more information about these boats and St.Regis Lake as I am extremely interested in the historical aspect of the races and "Great Camp" culture of the Adirondacks.
Many happy returns Jim!