This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.
Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 6:39 am; sunset at 5:39 pm, providing 11 hours of sunlight. There will be a New Moon on Sunday. On Saturday, the Moon will rise at 6:05 am and set at 4:48 am.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is advising backcountry downhill skiers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts that fluctuating temperatures of late have increased the risk of an avalanche in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks.
“Recent storms have resulted in a significant amount of new snow, and we expect an increase in temperatures and the number of recreational enthusiasts visiting the High Peaks to snowshoe, cross-country ski, and enjoy the pristine surroundings,” a statement to the press by DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “We are cautioning anyone planning to traverse backcountry slides and other avalanche-prone terrain in the High Peaks to be extremely careful and be prepared for avalanche conditions.” » Continue Reading.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire Adirondacks and Northern New York through 7 pm Monday. Heavy snow is expected – from 8 to 18 inches in the Adirondacks, at a rate of up to an inch per hour.
Snow will begin late Sunday morning and be heaviest late Sunday afternoon through midnight. The heavy snowfall rate and blowing snow will create hazardous travel conditions.
This storm will create outstanding outdoor conditions for the first time this season across the entire region for snowmobiling, skiing, and snowshoeing. » Continue Reading.
The first of three Winter Weekends at Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb is set for Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 14-16. Additional open house events will take place during the President’s Day holiday weekend, February 18-20, and the weekend of March 18-19.
In the community of Newcomb, WinterFest is being celebrated on January 14, coinciding with the first Santanoni Winter Weekend. » Continue Reading.
“Baskets and Birdhouses,” an art exhibit by mother and daughter artisans Barbara and Bernie Green is currently on display at the Old Forge Library through February 18th.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, January 13, from 5 to 7 pm to provide an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and view their work. Light refreshments will be served and acoustic music will be provided by guitarist Dan Vellone. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will host Winterfest, part of National Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Heart Lake Program Center in Lake Placid.
ADK Winterfest is a free, family friendly event created to encourage participants to discover the many forms of winter recreation. Visitors can check out and participate in winter activities, demo gear such as snowshoes, skis and skates, enjoy live music, food and more. Winterfest will include telemark lessons, ski waxing clinics, nordic ski workshops, guided snowshoe hikes, ice skating, a ski race, kid’s paintball biathlon, a kid’s activity area, family scavenger hunt, a dog sled clinic and more. Local retailers and national gear vendors will have tents with equipment to demo and purchase. This event begins at 10 am and continues through the evening. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Lake George Village Boat Launch on Beach Road remains open to use by boaters.
DEC does not plow the main parking area to protect the porous pavement. When snow depths increase or ice forms on the lake the gate will be shut and the launch will be closed. Ice anglers and others will be able to access the ice on the lake by parking in the auxiliary parking area on the south side of Beach Road.
DEC will put up temporary fencing to create a path with packed snow from the parking area to the lake. Snowmobiles are prohibited in the main parking area outside of the fenced path as they will damage the porous pavement. » Continue Reading.
This Friday, January 6th, from 7-8:30 pm TAUNY invites musicians and friends of all ages to their first First Friday Jam of 2017 hosted by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR’s String Fever. TAUNY’s traditional music jams are open to people interested in gathering with North Country neighbors to play old time fiddle tunes and songs from American folk traditions.
Participants are invited to bring an instrument, singing voice, or just yourself and come to The TAUNY Center for this fun monthly jam. Fiddles, guitars, percussion, and/or other traditional instruments as well as all levels of musicians, singers, and step dancers are welcome. To help all players feel comfortable, tunes will be played at a variety of speeds throughout the evening. Players will be invited to pick tunes from the set list–round-robin style–and begin the tune at their speed. Sheet music, words, and chords are provided for those who would like to read along. » Continue Reading.
On Wednesday, December 21, volunteers and staff from BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation rescued a loon that had become iced-in on a pond in the northern Adirondacks.
The roughly three-year-old bird was contained in a small area of open water on Follensby Clear Pond near Upper Saranac Lake. The ice was an estimated five inches thick, and the bird had become trapped while it waited for its winter flight feathers to grow in. The bird had kept the water open through its movements. » Continue Reading.