An all day event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Adirondack Ski Touring Council (ASTC) and the establishment of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail will take place on November 12, 2016 at the Cascade XC Ski Center in Lake Placid.
Early in the day, Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) will lead a hiking tour of the Jackrabbit Trail and a new ski and bike trail network under development on the site of the old Scott’s Cobble Ski Area in North Elba, followed by a gathering at Cascade XC Ski Center for the BETA annual meeting and a party with live music, food and drink, a bonfire, and surely a bit of story telling by ASTC and Jackrabbit Trail veterans.
The Adirondack Ski Touring Council was formed in 1986 by local skiers who saw an opportunity to link up traditional ski routes and create a trail system that took people from town to town and from the towns out into the backcountry.
ASTC’s first project was construction of the 34-mile Jackrabbit Trail, which, it was hoped, would link Keene, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake. They never did reach Tupper Lake, but a ski connection was established from Saranac Lake to Paul Smiths, and the trail has added significantly to cross-country skiing opportunities in the area.
Photo of Jackrabbit Trail provided by Barkeater Trails Alliance.