AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP — This winter has been hard. It's been hard on the roads and residents who have had to stay indoors.
For those who like winter sports, outside recreation has been quite a challenge with such record-breaking low temperatures. There’s nothing more agonizing than being surrounded by lots of snow without a mountain in sight.
While the Great Lakes area is known for its snow, it is obvious that this area is not known for its mountains. As far as serious skiing goes, Grand River Academy is hours away from the large resorts. World-class ski areas are even farther away.
A small group of Grand River Academy students, accompanied by two teachers, Mark and Sean Kaschak found out just how much farther when they traveled to Adirondack Park in Upstate New York in mid-March. The trip to the Whiteface Ski Resort took nine hours.
Whiteface is located just a few miles outside of Lake Placid. It was the main venue for the ski competition during the 1980 Winter Olympics. The town is famous for the 1980 Miracle on Ice, the hockey game in which the amateur U.S. team beat the professional Russia team; the match became the subject of the movie “Miracle.” Whiteface is known for its massive ski area and its vertical ski area (the height from its summit to its base), the highest on the Eastern Seaboard.
After driving all day on March 14, to get to the motel, the whole group was exhausted. They woke up bright and early the next day to prepare for a long day of skiing and snowboarding. After reaching the mountain, they geared up and hit the ski-lifts. They skied for several hours and then came down for lunch; they went back out during the afternoon, until the last chair-lift ran at 4:30 p.m.