Backcountry Skiing the Adirondacks in the Age of Film

Here are a few photos of places we all know and love. You may notice changes in the landscape today such as new slides on some peaks. I can’t say I miss much about film, however it was nice taking less photos and having a strong focus on the task at hand over trying to get the perfect image all day long. It was quite joyful to come back to Kmart or a photo shop and excitedly open the package to see if the pictures of the amazing places you’d visited 2 weeks before actually had come out.

The year of 2008 was the last year using the Nikon N90 and 35 mm film. The cost of film development was high and the quality of development was low as the film industry fell apart. Over the years I’ve used 110 film, 35mm slide and 35mm print film while skiing in the Adirondacks. – MW

This is how Algonquin looked before the new slide on the NE bowl. Taken while skiing 46er Tabletop Mtn.
The Great Range from the south, Lower and Upper Wolfjaws shown here in about 1998
The Angel Slides about a month after they were created in 1999. Today there is a new one to the right.
Using alpine ski bindings with Alpine Trekkers, camped close to Indian Falls after a cold February night in 2000. A fatal avalanche on the Angel Slides happened the same weekend.
A difficult stream crossing in March 2000
Ron K. skiing on Algonquin in an area now denuded by a slide. 2008
The Trapdike on Mt. Colden in 2000. Today the trees and vegetation in and below the dike have been stripped away by landslides.
About to ski the NW face of Whiteface in 205 cm skis in 1997 (Photo: John E. Winkler)
Skiing Algonquin in 2008

Other articles on the Adironacks:

Backcountry Skiing in the Adirondacks – a view of skiing here for new comers

The Fun Dome – Skiing Mount Marcy – New York’s High Point


More articles:

Skiing Mount Whitney

Vermonts Seductive Highpoint

Boundary Pk. Nevada


About the Skiing States Series

Skiing in the Elkhorn Mountains

103 Years of Skimountaineering – in the Catskills


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