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New Hampshire’s King Pine Ski Area to Host 7th Annual Granite Backcountry Alliance “Wild Corn” Backcountry Weekend and Festival

New Hampshire’s King Pine Ski Area will host the 7th annual Wild Corn Backcountry Weekend and Festival, Friday March 31 through Sunday April 2, 2023. Produced by the Granite Backcountry Alliance and presented by Fischer, the weekend is a full immersion into backcountry and uphill adventures for all skill levels; all lifts are turned off and human powered travel...

Saddleback Mountain, the Pizza of Doom, and those Dadgum Tarnation Buffalo Bills

RANGELEY, ME – How does the old saying go? With ski buddies like these… Meet Twang and Clang, my wingmen, and after their performance this weekend in Maine, I’ll be grateful if the next time I go back to Saddleback the resort staff aren’t waiting for me with a big net. Maine’s Saddleback Mountain proved every bit the fierce challenge and magnificent setting pictures...

Border War! Jay Peak Week Continues – The People That You Meet

[Editor’s Note:  Jay Peak Week is held over by popular demand. The first article in the series is here, and the second part of the series is here.] JAY PEAK:  THE PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET – 601, MICKY, AND CREECH, OH MY… JAY, VT – As any true sports writer will tell you, we don’t just write about skiing, we write about the people who ski...

Golf Courses at Minnesota’s Giant’s Ridge Resort Garner More Awards

The mid-west’s best ski and golf resort is getting even better. Both Golf Digest and Golfweek have published their recent top 100 lists and awards, and, once again, Minnesota’s Giant’s Ridge has risen in the rankings. A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and its president in the organizations 50th year, 1995-96, Arlington...

HEAD Joins North American Snowsports Journos (NASJA) as Corporate Members, Showcases New Releases at Snowbound Expo

What a pleasant surprise it was turning a corner at the Snowbound Expo and seeing the HEAD/Tyrolia booth brimming with interested patrons. I ski on HEAD Supershape i.Rallys. They rock like Foo Fighters. Better still was finding out that the bubbly, effervescent, and knowledgeable person chatting me up about the latest updates to their KORE ski collection was Julia...

Border War! Jay Peak Week Continues – On the Mountain

[Editor’s Note:  This is the second of three installments on Jay Peak. Part One, a thumbnail sketch is here. Part Three, the people that you meet, is here. Part Four, a brief summary of recent history and a look at the future will drop soon.] MOUNTAIN GAZETTEER Jay Peak has two main areas – Tramside and Stateside, each with their own base lodge and...

Cranmore Mountain Resort to Open New Fairbanks Lodge for ’23-’24 Season

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – Cranmore Mountain Resort’s plans for a sparkling new combination base lodge and condominiums proceed apace. The new Fairbanks Lodge – slated to open next fall – features over 30,000 feet of lodge and gathering space in addition to 15 two-story lofted residences on its upper levels. Daily services will also include season...

Fabiano Caruana Wins His Second U.S. Championship, Hans Niemann Sues Carlsen, Chess.com, Hikaru

We didn’t even have time to bask in the glow of the celebratory C Squared Podcast. Fabiano Caruana, the man who is, at present, America’s greatest living chess player, won his second United States Chess Championship in six years Wednesday, scoring 8.5 out of a possible 13 points and going unbeaten in the process, posting four wins and nine draws. Rising...

And Now There is Cheating in Fishing – Lake Erie Walleye Tour Anglers Stuff Fish with Weights

As if the chess cheating scandal wasn’t enough, now a pair of competitive tour fisherman were busted over the weekend trying to walk away with a tournament and season title after stuffing their walleye catch with lead weights and fish remnants. The remnants were used to prevent the weights from jingling when weighed or carried. Jake Runyon and Chase Cominsky...

Chess World Rocked by Cheating Insinuations at Highest Level, World Champion Magnus Carlsen Shades American Hans Niemann

The highest levels of professional chess have been rocked by insinuations of cheating, both over the board and on line. At the center of the swirling maelstrom stands five-time reigning FIDE world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who has hinted in both words and actions that he may believe that fellow professional player Hans Niemann of the U.S. may have had an...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, Love Jay

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”; title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen></iframe> While I finish the last of this summer’s assignments, we’ll take a...