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Greg Dower

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Avalanches Reported in Adirondack High Peaks

Avalanche anatomy illustration There has been a skier triggered avalanche and other avalanche activity observed in the High Peaks. No one was caught in the skier triggered avalanche. No other information was immediately available.

Last Thursday, January 17th, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a warning of an increased risk of avalanches in the Adirondacks.  The alert reminded backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who traverse slides and other steep open terrain to be aware of the risk of avalanche. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 25, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, January 25, 2019

At ADKX: An Adirondack Backyard Bio Survey Talk

The 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series, featuring seven events that look deeper into Adirondack history and culture, is underway at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX).

The next event, Who’s There: An Adirondack Backyard Biological Survey with Ed Kanze, is set for January 27, at 1:30 pm. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 25, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cold Returns: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (1/24)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

January 24th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hardwater Anglers and 40 Degrees: Put Safety First

DEC logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding anglers to be cautious when ice fishing.

After 1 to 2 feet of snow fell over most of the Adirondacks Saturday and Sunday, on Thursday temperatures reached near 40 in some areas melting ice and leaving slushy ice conditions with large puddles of water on many frozen waterbodies. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Skate Lake Colby’ Event Set For Feb 3rd

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced a new event called Skate Lake Colby. The event will be held on Sunday, February 3 at the Lake Colby beach and Skate Path.

It will offer ice skating paths and a fat bike trail. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TAUNY Hosting Sweater Knitting Competition

hand dyed yarn by Kimberly Handspun HandwovenTAUNY in Downtown Canton has announced the 2019 TAUNY Knits Sweater Competition.

TAUNY will accept entries knitted in the last 5 years through Wednesday, February 6th at the TAUNY Center. Entries will be accepted in 2 categories: sweaters for adults and sweaters for children. Judging will take place February 7.

Sweaters will be displayed at The TAUNY Center during Canton’s Winterfest February 9-23, 2019. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Chilson Fire Department Valentine’s Dinner Dance Set

chilson vfdThe Chilson Volunteer Fire Department is set to hold its 41st annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 9th at 5:30 pm at the E.M.A. at 9 Maplewood Lane in Ticonderoga.

Proceeds from the dinner dance help Chilson Volunteer Fire Department outfit its firefighters with the safety gear they need to fight interior fires, and to equip its trucks with the lifesaving tools needed to rescue accident and fire victims. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Adirondack Regional Economic Analysis Released

regional economic analysisWhat’s growing? Where should we invest? The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and regional partners set out to answer these and other questions facing North Country communities by completing an economic analysis of the entire 14-county Adirondack North Country region.

Findings from the research are now publicly available. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lindsay Yost to Lead BT3 at Adirondack Foundation

Adirondack Foundation has announced Lindsay Yost has been added to its staff as Program Director. Yost brings to the position a combination of skills and professional experiences, from classroom teaching to experiential education and leadership, along with a deep commitment to the Adirondack Region.

Yost’s primary responsibilities will be to lead the Foundation’s Birth to Three Alliance, strengthen local nonprofits, and help donors align their giving with the causes they care most about. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Winter Carnival Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner

2018 Grand Marshal and Royalty ReceptionThe Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has invited the public to the Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner on Tuesday, February 5 at the Hotel Saranac, 100 Main Street in Saranac Lake.

The Grand Marshal Reception will be held from 5 to 6 pm and is a free event to welcome the 2019 Winter Carnival Grand Marshal and Royalty. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Dan Plumley Stepping Down From Adirondack Wild Post

adirondack wildLong-time Keene resident and environmental activist Dan Plumley will leave his post as founding partner with the non-profit wilderness advocacy group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve at the end of January.

Plumley helped found Adirondack Wild in 2010. He is expected to work as an independent consultant in the Adirondacks according to a press release issued by Adirondack Wild. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Intro to Skate Skiing Clinic at Dewey, Mt Ho

Mt Van HoevenbergDewey Mountain Recreation Center and Mt. Van Hoevenberg have announced an introduction to skate ski clinic with Marijke Ormel-Cook, Randy Young, and other special guests, set for January 25-27, 2019.

Participants can learn the skills and techniques necessary to skate skiing through a three session instruction course. Equipment will be made available for participants courtesy High Peaks Cyclery. Previous cross country ski experience and pre-reregistration is required. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Empire State Games Torch Relay Stops Announced

eswg logoThe stops for the 2019 Empire State Winter Games Torch Relay have been announced. This year features two routes, one traveling from NYC and one from Buffalo, both meeting in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.