Quick Lesson: When you see the phrase "Paralyzing Blizzard" pop up, find the longest, steepest mountain in the Northeast and drive right for the middle of the storm...
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Enter Whiteface Mountain, Where Stratton's Summit is Whiteface's mid-station...
"The Slides" opens "every few years" and REQUIRES full backcountry gear (avi beacon, pack, probe, shuvel and rope). Hysterical by East Coast standards. With rumors of dropping the rope, we targeted this part of the mountain.
Flying across the GW with tunes in full swing, we ventured North...
When we reach the Adirondacks, the snow is amazing. Wait...we're still on the Jersey Turnpike. Nevermind.
We decide to pitstop at Chris's "Farm" for the evening...
Lovely guest house accomodations
With a proper main house across the way...
Chris points out where we are...we're in Saratoga!
...and Hak ignores him and helps himself to the Gentleman's Bar
3 scotches later, the singer / song writer talents were coming out in full force
Iron Chef Brian Haklisch works on his signature dish for dinner
Here's Sheppie! Hurray!
Chris and his cat, Mittens, prepare a fine steak
Hak and Sheppie
And tunes up his skis for the big day tomorrow too...
This form is almost identical to Ryan Bassett's
The next morning Hak confirms that it's snowing
In the enchanted forest, there is nature everywhere...
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What's in that little Hut?
We bait the animal...
Yes...that's a real Goat