Friday, February 22, 2019

Tupper Lake Brew-Ski Fest Saturday

Tupper Lake is combining my love of skiing with a micro-brew experience and I don’t even have to leave the trail. It isn’t an après ski experience, but more “pendant” skiing. I’ll be experiencing sampling of various local beers during a cross-country ski or snowshoe.

On Saturday, February 23, Tupper Lake Cross-Country Ski Center is grooming their trails for two events, Brew-Ski and its annual Ice Golf Tournament. Both activities sound fun, but my family is going to be hitting the Brew-ski trail.

The Tupper Lake Cross-Country Ski Center is the winter transformation of the Tupper Lake Golf Club. With miles of free groomed trails open to everyone, the facility provides year-round entertainment, whether it’s sledding at Hole 9 or skiing the snow-covered paths.

The Brew Ski and Fire and Ice Golf Tournament will take place through Saturday from noon to 4 pm at 141 Country Club Road in Tupper Lake. The $10 sample fee allows each participant a taste of these great local breweries: Raquette River Brewing, Big Tupper Brewing, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Big Slide Brewery and Public House, Blue Line Brewery, Oval Craft Brewing, Valcour Brewing Company, and Great Adirondack Brewing Company. (Perhaps next year we’ll find the up and coming Hex and Hops as part of the mix.)

At each of the beer trail stops there will be representatives from the micro-brewers to answer questions as well as a fire pit for those needing to warm up along the way.

Snowshoes and skis are required to be on the trails. High Peaks Cyclery will be on hand providing rentals for anyone in need of equipment. There will also be fat bike demos available for those looking to try a new sport.

For those needed a links fix, Fire and Ice Tournament starts at noon with a three person scramble, five holes in two rounds with the best score. The cost is $60/team. Don’t forget to bring a sled for some quick trips down the nearby sledding hill.

Whether it’s golf, snowshoeing, or skiing, there are always opportunities to continue the micro-brew journey after Brew-Ski. We look forward to pressing on for a true after ski experience. Keep safe and be responsible! Enjoy!

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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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