We drove half way and stopped at Niagara Falls. For dinner we checked out the Anchor Bar (the undisputed home of the buffalo chicken wing). Unfortunately, their food didn’t live up to the hype. Doug summed it up well, “they created the buffalo chicken wing but certainly didn’t perfect it.”
We drove from Niagara Falls to Lake Placid. We ate dinner at Eres Pizza. Their new york style pizza was very tasty and went down nicely with a pitcher of Yingling. Later we went to the Lake Placid Brewing Company. Their winter lager is excellent.
Doug and I started our ski trip at Whiteface by taking a lesson with Steve. We improved significantly in our hour and it warmed us up well. The key points Steve helped us with were:
- Stance should be like you are getting ready to sit in a chair
- Roll your skis to initiate turn and work on both skis making the same motion
- Keep upper body quiet and lock on a point down hill
- Weight should be even across ski
- Pressure should be on the tongue of the boot
- Carve and avoid flat skiing for any significant distance
It was a great day of skiing at Whiteface today. The sun was out and the views were amazing. It usually is hazy or snowing heavily so I never saw the scenic views on the prior trip. Whiteface even had the downhill slalom open to the public. There is a rubber wand you hit when you start off the platform. When you finish you break another sensor and your time lights up on the big board. My first time was 31.07 and my last time was 25.72. Doug and I spent several passes working on improving our times and distracting our bodies from the soreness of the prior day of skiing.
Heather rode the bob sled in the afternoon. Doug and I did the skeleton in the evening. It was very exciting to have your face a fist height off the ice. I hit 43 MPH on my pass and Heather videoed the closed circuit video loop. The video shows off the intensity and speed of this sport.
I went first:
Doug went second:
The dinner we had at the Crowne Plaza was disappointing and the service was nonexistent. (The hotel is great overall and their breakfast buffet is awesome. Jimmy makes a mean omelet!)
It was another great day of skiing. It was extremely cold with a high at the bottom of the hill of zero degrees. Very few people were out allowing for skiing onto the lifts and gondola. Doug and I especially enjoyed the Lookout Mountain addition. The Wilmington (blue) run offers a diversity of terrain (over 2.5 miles) while treating you to inspiring scenic views.
I stopped at the Great Adirondack Brewing Company for a sampler after shopping for Mandy’s gift. My favorite is the Abbey Ale. I joined Doug and Heather at the Lake Placid Brewing Company for dinner. Their shepherd’s pie is very hearty on such a cold night.