SKIING | Gone skijoring outside Saranac Lake

SkijoringYour writer and his hound, Kennedy, give skijoring a go a few miles from Saranac Lake on Sunday morning.

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. And in all the years I lived in the Adirondacks, I never gave it a go.

Skijoring, in which a nordic skier is pulled by a dog or horse, is not something I ever thought my hound, Kennedy, could handle. While he is a very fast runner, he’s led by his nose and he only weighs 35 pounds. But on Sunday, during a visit to Camp Mary, aka Mount Van Hann, a property outside Saranac Lake owned by our dear friends Molly and Steve Hann, we gave it a try.

Ken was up for the challenge.

Despite initially trying to play with Lola, the Hann’s English Setter, he eventually got the concept, if not the practice. That nose distracted him quite a few times. He was, after all, at home in his native Adirondacks and he loves to dive into deep snow piles.

By the time Steve yielded the harness to me, though, Ken had basically hit a stride, albeit a slow one as he was tiring out — 45 minutes of dashing around with a snowshoed Mrs. F. diminished his strength.

As you can see in the gallery below, the Hanns have developed a nice little network of loops. Steve, ever the man for a project, has purchased a 1979 SkiDoo Alpine and built a groomer. They’ve got a kilometer and a half of trail in total, all cleared and well marked.

Take a look:

SKIING | Young Reynolds mounts up

TJRThomas Reynolds tries out the sticks for the first time earlier this month.

Outdoor correspondent Steve Reynolds sent along this charming image of his son, Thomas, 1, on skis for the first time.

Skiing is an important component not only of Lake Placid culture but also in Reynolds culture. Steve was an All-American at St. Lawrence and we all have high hopes for the next generation.

HUNTING | Skiers on the prowl: Weibrecht and Reynolds

AndrewWeibrechtAndrew Weibrecht, a bronze medalist in the men’s super-g at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, poses last week with Finn Reynolds and some take harvested along the south end of Lake Champlain.

Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht is a good friend, a world-class alpine skier and an Olympic bronze medalist. The Warhorse is also a pretty good shot.

Braving steamy temperatures that broached the low 70s, Weibrecht joined outdoor correspondent Steve Reynolds for a Wednesday morning shoot on lower Lake Champlain. Finn Reynolds, our retrieving mascot, was also along for the trip.

A swampy landscape and the weather made for a challenge all around. The steam can be seen on the image above.

“It was foggy and hot,” Reynolds recently recounted. “It’s the nature of the swamp.”

Finn was particularly challenged.

“This terrain can break dogs with years of experience,” Reynolds said. “It was very out of the way. We had brutal hunting — it was really tough for the dog to mark but he had some excellent blind retrieves. He rose to the challenge.

The quarry yielded included 4 wood ducks and a Drake mallard.

Aside from their obvious Lake Placid ties, Reynolds and Weibrecht have deep connections through their alma mater, the Northwood School, and the New York Ski Education Foundation.

FinnFinn displays a retrieved woodie.

CLIP | ‘Adirondack Holiday,’ 1960

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SCENE | The Furnarys are wed in Stowe

FurnarysMr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Furnary, minutes after marrying Saturday afternoon in Stowe, Vt.

A wonderful pair of very close friends exchanged vows to one another on a meadow just below Mount Mansfield last Saturday afternoon.

Lindsey Wetmiller was wed to Timothy Furnary by the Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge in a lovely ceremony at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt. Mrs. F. and I were both in the wedding party and I had the privilege of standing up as Tim’s best man.

Countless Laurentians were in attendance and another member of the wedding party who went to St. Lawrence had the good sense to hang one of our scarlet-and-brown flags above the bar. We used another, larger flag that belongs to me, for the St. Lawrence magazine photo. My flag has been present at nearly a dozen Laurentian weddings and I hope it gets use at dozens more.

Stowe was chosen because the bride grew up in Vermont and the groom learned to ski in the Green Mountain state.

The whole weekend, though — from the Friday welcome reception thrown Friday night by the groom’s parents at the Stowe Mountain Lodge, to the fantastic groomsmen’s lunch we had at Norma’s, Topnotch’s swell restaurant, to the morning-after brunch at the iconic Shed restaurant — was a hoot. We had a terrific time.

A great many thanks to Mark and Melody Wetmiller, parents of the bride, for being such gracious hosts.

The Furnarys are honeymooning in Italy, visiting Rome and the Amalfi coast among other destinations. They’ll reside in New York.

Here’s a gallery, with thanks to ejforbes.com contributor Will Briganti for manning my lense during and just after the ceremony.

OLYMPICS| Weibrecht, alpine luminaries on Sports Illustrated cover

SIAndrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid’s own, is on the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated with U.S. Ski Team colleagues Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso. Image courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

Andrew Weibrecht, the “War Horse” wunderkind of the U.S. Ski Team, figures prominently on the cover of the March 1 issue of Sports Illustrated. With him are silver-and-gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, whose Vancouver hardware collection includes all three medal varieties, and silver medalist Julia Mancuso. The four are the focus of “American Flyers,” a feature by Tim Layden.

Congratulations, again, to Andrew, for earing a bronze in the Super G last week in Whistler.

OLYMPICS| Innsbruck games of 1964 remembered

JumperA ski jumper flies off the long hill during the 1964 Olympic Winter Games at Innsbruck, Austria.

InnsbruckThe IX Winter Olympiad opened in Innsbruck, Austria on Jan. 29, 1964 and closed on Feb. 9, 1964. In all, some 1,091 athletes from 36 nations competed in Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, bobsleigh, luge, hockey, figure skating and speed skating.

Innsbruck was selected as the 1964 host city during a 1959 International Olympic Committee meeting in Berlin. The Austrian resort beat out Calgary, Alberta, which would go on to host the XV Olympiad in 1988.

As Vancouver has been during this Olympiad, Innsbruck was plagued by a lack of snow. Members of the Austrian Army had to transport 20,000 blocks of ice from surrounding mountaintops to sustain the bobsleigh and luge course.

The Soviets dominated in Innsbruck, taking the most medals and the mot gold medals. For the United States, Speed Skater Terry McDermott delivered the only gold medal, winning the 500-metre race. Legendary Alpine skier Billy Kid earned the silver medal in men’s slalom. Female skier Jean Saubert took silver in the women’s giant slalom.

Innsbruck, in these photos from the LIFE archive largely taken by Ralph Crane, looks gorgeous.

VIDEO| Franz Klammer, Innsbruck, 1976

OLYMPICS| Bulletin: Lake Placid’s Weibrecht takes Super G bronze

WeibrechtAndrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid has won the bronze medal in the Super G at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

“The War Horse,” in his Olympic debut, has earned a bronze medal, coming in third behind Norway’s Aksel Lund and American Bode Miller in Friday’s Super G competition at Whistler Mountain.

With a time of 1:30.65, Lake Placid’s own Andrew Weibrecht was off Lund’s lead of 1:30:34 by +0.31. Weibrecht, who grew up in the Olympic Village and trained at Whiteface Mountain, site of alpine events during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, has been the dark horse in the U.S. Ski Team’s stable.

The Associated Press reported Friday:

It was the first elite-level podium finish for Weibrecht, who has never finished better than 10th in a World Cup race. That was in the downhill at Beaver Creek, Colo., in November 2007.
“I haven’t ever come down leading a race,” said the Lake Placid, N.Y., native. He started third and “figured I would stay in there until 10 guys came down.”

Steve Reynolds, our outdoors correspondent who trained with Weibrecht after retiring from a distinguished skiing carreer of his own earlier in the decade, was ecstatic at Friday’s results.

“When you train on bumpy, ungroomed, flat light at Whiteface it teaches you to ski race on anything,” Reynolds said. “Andrew deserves a medal not only because he is talented but because he is a worker.”

Congratulations, Andrew!

Photo courtesy of Andrew Weibrecht.

OLYMPICS| Track Vancouver skiing results live via FIS-Ski.com

If you’re like me, you’re starting to get a little tired of “Nothing But Curling.” If you’re interested in skiing, of either the alpine or nordic variety, these have not been impressive games in terms of television coverage.

Don’t fear, though. Outdoor correspondent and decorated skier Steve Reynolds advises you keep up with action from Whistler via FIS-Ski.com, the site of Federation Internationale du Ski, the governing body for international alpine and nordic competition.

Men’s super G is on now. You can track results live. Get to it.

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