Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Adirondack Family Activities: Titus Mountain’s New Trails

Titus_Lodge_newRecently acquired by the Monette family of Malone, Titus Mountain Family Ski Center has undergone a facelift that our family has met with welcoming arms. My kids have skied at most of the Adirondack and beyond ski mountains and have found Titus Mountain to be a perfect place to experience family-friendly trails and gain some ski lift independence.

The elevation is 2025-ft and the crumpled trail map I find in my ski jacket shows that Titus Mountain has six double chairlifts, two triple chairlifts, and two hand-tows serving 42 trails and two terrain parks.

According to Dene Savage, Marketing Director for Titus, even with the recent addition of 15 new trails and a renovated ski lodge people can expect the same relaxed atmosphere they’ve come to expect at Titus.

“The owners are very involved and want to take what Titus did well and do it better. We aren’t trying to make the mountain into something it isn’t. People are never going to come to Titus for the advanced terrain or vertical drop as they may for Whiteface, Jay Peak or Gore,” says Savage. “What makes this mountain so special is the lift ticket value, quick lift lines and more user-friendly terrain. People come here and are able to ski together as a family.”

The three Monette brothers who purchased the mountain also grew up skiing at Titus. Savage insists that as Titus regulars, the new owners are committed to keeping the character of Titus Mountain Family Ski Center.

In additional to new trails, some improvements include a revamp of the Titus Lower Lodge. It is still has the same easy-on/ easy-off access, but the lodge is now enlarged with a café on the top floor, fireplaces, and plenty of seating with views of the nearby trails. (For parents of young children there is even a gated area with toys, in case you wish to socialize with the adjacent older crowd.) Downstairs is a cafeteria setting, but the storage is the real draw. It has easily tripled. Hooks, cubbies and hangers allow everyone a place to store their gear.

“We have something going on every weekend,” says Savage. “This weekend is the start of Malone Winter Carnival so we will have a big party to kick off the carnival with a torch light parade.”

Titus is also open for night skiing. Savage wants to remind people that an evening lift ticket has always been included with the purchase of a day pass on those days that night skiing is available. Evening skiing is available on Thursdays-Saturday 4:30 – 10 pm. For more information regarding this family ski mountain call 518-483-3740 for the ski report and directions.

Photo: Skiers at Titus Mountain (Courtesy Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Time).

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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