Last year my family attended the ADK Winterfest held at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondack Loj property and had a blast. We spend quite a bit of time at this “gateway to the Adirondacks,” but thought that ADK Winterfest was the perfect opportunity to introduce a one-stop venue of winter activities to our guests.
Though the snow was sparse last year, our visitors were still given the chance to attend waxing clinics, various vendor and curling demonstrations and plenty of kid-friendly activities. This year the event is back and the January 10th ADK Winterfest has even added a few new activities to an already packed schedule of events.
According to ADK Education Program Coordinator Seth Jones the current snow conditions are hard and crusty at the Adirondack Loj, but the guided treks will happen no matter the conditions. If snowshoes aren’t necessary for the guided hikes, microspikes will be available for free to participants.
“There are two guided hikes up Mt Joe as well as a guided hike to Phelps,” says Jones. “We will have microspikes for people that don’t bring their own. Right now we have great ice for skating on Heart Lake as well as two new events, a mountaineering race organized by High Peaks Cyclery as well as a Backcountry Safety and Avalanche Preparation course run by Forest Ranger Giglinto.”
Tony Goodwin will be back again for the second year leading a beginner cross-country ski clinic while instructors from Cascade XC Ski Center is hosting a Mommy/Daddy and Me intro class. Kids can participate in geocache hunt and snowshoe scavenger quest or just play at the Kids’ Zone. This free day of winter opportunities will showcase the 700-acre Heart Lake property. There will be buffet dinner from 5-7 under the tent as well as live music with “Annie in the Water.”
The focus of ADK Winterfest is to get people excited about being outside in the winter. With a wide range of recreational possibilities at Heart Lake and 15K of ski trails, The Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) Heart Lake Program Center is truly a multi-season playground. Enjoy!
Photo of ADK Winterfest used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com