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Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 8 – Mount Sunapee

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 8 – Mount Sunapee —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— [Editor’s Note:  In a wonderful bit of synchronicity, this piece is published on Jay’s 16th anniversary of becoming a sports writer. Through the years, the Anniversary Article has always been a special occasion, and we smile...

Mom and Pop Files: Kevin Cottle and Powder Ridge – Portrait of a Thriving Small Ski Area in the Age of Coronavirus

I went to college in Connecticut, and I’ve skied all my life, but I’m chagrined to admit I never heard of Powder Ridge until I started watching Hell’s Kitchen. Yes, that Hell’s Kitchen: the TV cooking show where Gordon Ramsay terrorizes, humiliates, and outrages the chefs under him as they try to outlast one another and win a job at a famous, world-class restaurant...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 7 – Stratton Mountain

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 7 – Stratton Mountain —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine. This is the seventh piece in the VT vs. NH series. Links to the rest are below— STRATTON MOUNTAIN, WINDHAM COUNTY, VT – You should have heard the trash talking that went on about Stratton Mountain in the two years we’ve been...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 6 – Cannon Mountain

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Part 6 – Cannon Mountain —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— FRANCONIA, N.H. – Today is the second anniversary of my father’s passing, so to honor the occasion, I’ll tell you a secret. No matter how much my Dad – a world class skier who skied in the European Theatre during and after WWII as a...

Whether Wuhan Flu or Coronavirus, it KOs Masters, Major Sports, Vail and Alterra Resorts

Call it Black Friday or Friday the 13th, whichever you like, but that was the day the sports world went dark, along with Broadway and colleges across the country. Wuhan Flu or Coronavirus, whatever it’s called, it’s here. Time to get those 90-day emergency supplies out. Not ready…out. The time to prepare for this has passed. If you weren’t...

SkiVermont.com to Begin Running My Vermont Skiing Articles

So we’re delighted to announce that Adam, Travis, and all the good folks at skivermont.com will be running my skiing articles from the Vermont side of my Border War series between Vermont and New Hampshire. SkiVermont joins the National Ski Council Federation as syndication sites for my winter sports stories. We’re thrilled to work with them, as they are...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 3 – Smugglers’ Notch

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 3 – Smugglers’ Notch —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— JEFFERSONVILLE, VT – First chair at the place that had the best snow: that was the game plan, but I was having trouble executing it. Unable to sleep at 4:00 a.m., I spent the wee hours checking various apps in search of fresh...

Franconia Notch Half Marathon, Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire

FRANCONIA NOTCH, N.H. – It’s an American stronghold of skiing: For over eight decades Cannon Mountain has been home to some of the most accomplished skiers and boarders in our country’s winter sports history, including Bode Miller, arguably the best Olympic skier ever. But now there’s another reason to make the pilgrimage to mighty Cannon – a new destination...

Whiteface Mid-station Burns, Mountain Opens Anyway

LAKE PLACID, NY – Whiteface Mountain mid-station lodge and restaurant burned to the ground Saturday night, lighting the north country sky with an eerie red glow that was seen for miles. The structure was burned to its frame, flames soaring like the last reel of a Frankenstein movie, with nothing remaining but a smoking hole in the ground and twisted metal...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 5 – Mount Snow

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 5 – Mount Snow —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— DOVER, VT – If Smugglers’ Notch is “America’s Family Resort,” then Mount Snow is Party Central. 3-1/2 hours drive from Manhattan, 2-1/2 hours from Boston, and just over 1-1/2 hours from Hartford, everybody – and I mean everybody...

The National Council of Ski Federations Runs my Smuggler’s Notch Article

So once more, a big thank you to the National Council of Ski Federations. They are running my Border War series about skiing and golf in New Hampshire vs. Vermont, and I’m really excited with the feedback and new readers. Thanks so much. The latest in the series that they’ve posted is the Smuggler’s Notch piece. You can check out the link here, and...

Winter of Our Discontent – K2 and Nanga Parbat 2018 Winter Climbs End in Failure, Tragedy

Winter has ended in the Karakoram Range of the Himalayas, and once again it will be a mournful spring. Drone footage confirmed that two silhouettes on Nanga Parbat’s slopes near Camp 3 are the bodies of climbers Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi. The search and rescue has been called off, and earlier today memorials were scheduled in remembrance of Nardi. According...

History Repeats Itself? Tom Ballard, Son of Alison Hargreaves, Missing on Nanga Parbat, Along with Daniele Nardi

The mountaineering world is presently holding its collective breath as British climber Tom Ballard is missing on Pakistan’s formidable and forbiddng Nanga Parbat, along with fellow climber Daniele Nardi. Attempting a winter summit of the ninth highest mountain in the world, their last ditch effort to summit may have met with bitter tragedy as they have not been...