Skate-sailing, one of the winter sports that became popular at Lake George, starting around 1910, was introduced by a group of engineers at the General Electric Company, in Schenectady. John Apperson, an avid hiker and camper, started promoting the sport on lakes and rivers near Schenectady, and eventually organizing trips to the islands of Lake George.  Years before there were any commercial ski slopes, Apperson and his friends were manufacturing their own skate sails, and even sleeping bags, and heading up into the Narrows for camping, skate-sailing and even skate skiing. 2016-06-28-0005.tif