Book Details

Remembering Paleface Ski Center and Dude Ranch

This historical novel tells the story of a family-owned resort in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and the struggle to thrive alongside the rugged, spectacular, and majestic Whiteface Mountain. It is the story of a dreamer, Boylan Fitz-Gerald, who fought Mother Nature, Father Time, and a dwindling checkbook balance and wound up creating a business with a lasting legacy—a business that left a deep imprint on the souls of many people. In the Shadow of a Giant is about a place, and also about an entrepreneur, his wife, their family and friends, the proprietors of other nearby Adirondack attractions, the communities of Wilmington and Jay, New York, and the local heroes who lived there. Take a trip back in time and enjoy a one-of-a-kind, vintage Adirondack vacation experience.


About the Author

David Fitz-Gerald

David Fitz-Gerald is a grandson of the visionary founder of Paleface Ski Center and Dude Ranch. Preserving it in its historical context has been a labor of love and an enriching hobby for this amateur author. Dave is a graduate of North Country Community College in Saranac Lake and an Adirondack 46-er. Dave is also a graduate of Clarkson University and the University at Albany. He is the CFO of Carris Reels, a manufacturer of packaging for the wire and cable industry, and chair of The ESOP Association, which serves the employee-ownership community.

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