New Trail Signs are being installed by Volunteers atDeweyMountainRecreationCenterand the staff introduces a new trail map for this years ski season.. The signage and a loop-based trail system are designed to improve flow and clarity on 13 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.DeweyMountain, a multi-season recreation facility owned by the Town ofHarrietstown, also features 10 kilometers of in-town snowshoe, mountain-bike and walking trails.
The bold new signs were funded by a mini grant from North Country Healthy Heart Network’s Creating Healthy Places program, funded by the New York State Department of Health. One of the program’s goals is to increase opportunities forNorth Countryresidents to be physically active. The signs and loop system were created by Demong Designs, a trail design company co-owned by Bill Demong and Kris Cheney Seymour, two former Vermontville residents who know Dewey well from youth racing and coaching. Trail names pay tribute to local people who have been important to the region’s winter sports heritage: Here are a few examples;
The trail “Timinator” honors Tim Burke, a two-time Olympian in biathlon originally from Paul Smith’s. Tim became the first North American ever to lead the World Cup circuit in 2009. Tim’s parents Jack and Mary Jean Burke were present at a recent volunteer work day to help inaugurate new trail names.
The trail “Iron Bill” honors Bill Demong, a four-time Olympian in Nordic combined who won gold and silver medals at the 2010 games. Bill’s mother Helen Demong represented the Demong family Sunday, helping cut the ribbon.
Tim Burke and Bill Demong both learned to ski at Dewey and raced there as kids. They continue to compete at the world level and are active volunteers with their home mountain.
The trail “Natski” honors Natalie Leduc, ski historian and a former women’s state champion in slalom, downhill and combined, as well as a Class A cross-country ski racer. Leduc is a tireless supporter of winter sports in all forms. She has coached alpine and cross-country, and her passion is making skiing available to children, and making sure that local skiers who have gone before are remembered. Leduc helped cut the ribbon Sunday.
Another Volunteer Trails Workday at DeweyMountainis scheduled for Sunday, the 21st of October. (The October 28th Worday has been cancelled)
The trail “Wolff” pays tribute to the Wolff family’s dedication to promoting winter sports in the region, especially Phil and Elsie Wolff. Patriarch Phil Wolff, who passed away last year at age 95, is remembered most prominently for his roles as Chief of Staff of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Organizing Committee and founder of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum. Phil and Elsie’s grandson Stephen represented the family Sunday.
The trail “Margie” honors Margaret Wilson Lamy, who also embodies the region’s Olympic spirit and is a linchpin of two winter-sports families, the Lamys and Wilsons, who competed at the world level in skating, bobsledding and cross-country skiing. Marge also chronicled local sports history for several publications.
The trail “Thanks, Coach” honors the many dedicated people who have taught children how to ski at Dewey, at both the high school and youth level. Their leadership has inspired two model programs and a lifelong love of skiing in thousands of kids.
Finally, “Peanuts” honors the people who have run Dewey. Day and night, they do the hard work of grooming trail and keeping the lights on and the kids warm—for peanuts. Jason Smith and Steve Doxzon, of Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters, were recognized for accomplishing much in their seven years as the town’s winter operations contractor.