Rich Stone started skiing as a "wooly bark biter" in the early
70s in New England. After suffering several dry winters in
downstate New York, Rich heard about a place in the Adirondacks
that always had snow – Lapland Lake. On his first visit, he
fell in love with the trails and the friendly staff. Then,
under Olavi's tutelage, Rich earned Professional Ski Instructors
of America (PSIA) certification and has been teaching since the
1996-1997 winter season. Rich has competed in the Empire Games
as well as two American Birkebeiners.
During the week, he's an
administrator with a not-for-profit agency that helps people
with disabilities. When there's no snow, you can find him
roller skiing in the hills above New Paltz, or hiking in the
Mohonk Preserve (where he's a trail keeper and a life member).