Help Dewey build a lodge

To the editor:

I’m looking forward to getting home and being with friends and family at the Olympic parade in Saranac Lake Wednesday. For me, this is a true community celebration and one which I prioritize over everything else. Many, many people have supported me and our other local Olympians throughout our athletic careers, from lollipop races through World Cups. I’m ever grateful for the encouragement I’ve received every step of the way.

Growing up as a nordic skier in the Adirondacks is an amazing opportunity, and it’s one that I want to share with all of our local youth. That’s one of the reasons why Tim Burke, Annelies Cook and I would like to give back to the place where we had our first cross-country-ski races. After the parade, the three of us will make a gift to the campaign to build a new lodge for Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. We’ll gather at the Blue Moon to celebrate our childhood mountain, which is within just $10,000 of being able to break ground and build a new base facility this year!

All are welcome to join us at the Blue Moon and to celebrate Dewey Mountain’s special role in our community. Since its founding in 1980, Dewey has been a true community project, most recently exemplified by 550 local households and businesses who have given generously to help it realize its potential. I hope everyone will consider checking out what Dewey has to offer for themselves, and consider helping us attract more people to this region and nurture the dreams of future Olympians by making a gift of your own to the capital campaign. For more information, please see

Thank you.

Billy Demong

Olympian, nordic combined

Park City, Utah