Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DEC Launches Campground Ambassador Program

Campground AmbassadorsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched a new program to encourage volunteer Campground Ambassadors to assist state campground staff at six locations in the Adirondacks.

An announcement from DEC said they hope the Ambassadors will help introduce new campers to state facilities and outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing. It’s also hoped Ambassadors will help connect campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tupper Lake Craft Beers and Cross Country Event Saturday

brew skiThe Tupper Lake Brew-ski returns on February 24 with eight local breweries serving their craft beers along the one-and-a-half miles of maintained ski trails at the Tupper Lake Golf Course.

Breweries will bring their beer to several tasting stations along the trails, pouring samples as skiers and snow showers pass through. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Man Caught Poaching On Lincoln Pond

Too many pike, one illegal bass, and one large dogAccording to a press release sent to the media by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, on Feb. 6, Environmental Conservation Officer Jeff Hovey was patrolling ice fishing activity on Lincoln Pond in the town of Elizabethtown when he spoke to a angler who had a large German Shepherd with him on the ice.

According to Hovey, the fisherman had a valid license, was using legal tip-ups, and had several northern pike he had caught within the daily possession and size limit which claimed were the only fish he had caught.  » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thurman Maple Days Set For March

buckets on treesSugaring season is in full swing in Thurman. Thurman Maple Days are set to begin March 10 and 11, continuing Saturdays and Sundays through March 25. Five Thurman maple producers — four of them the largest in Warren County – will open their sugarhouses to show how this age-old art is practiced with the help of technological advancements.

Each weekend offers open barns at Adirondack Gold, Valley Road, Hidden Hollow, Toad Hill and Windy Ridge maple farms, all offering free tours of sugarbushes and sugarhouses, with demonstrations and talks about tapping, evaporating, filtering and candy-making. Toad Hill will offer wagon rides to the sugar bush through a traditional covered bridge. Windy Ridge will demonstrate sugaring done the old fashioned way, a pancake breakfast will be held at Valley Road, and Adirondack Gold Tapper’s will lead snowshoe hikes into the sugar bush. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Featured Trail: Camp Santanoni XC Trail

Camp Santanoni Historic AreaCamp Santanoni provides a 9.8-mile round trip cross-country ski excursion. The trail traverses from the Gate Lodge Complex, past the Farm Complex, to the remote lakeside Main Camp Complex, providing a moderate ski and a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

For those who don’t have their own skis or snowshoes, the Adirondack Interpretive Center provide snowshoes free of charge to visitors at the Gate Lodge. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

UPDATED WED: Missing Whiteface Skier Found In California

Missing Whiteface Skier Constantinos 'Danny' FilippidisUpdate: Mike Lynch at Adirondack Explorer attended a State Police press conference Wednesday afternoon and filed the story located here.

After five and a half days searching in freezing temperatures, deep snow and freezing rain, missing Whiteface skier Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis of Toronto has been located – alive and well in California.

Mike Lynch at Adirondack Explorer interviewed Frank Ramagnano, President of the Toronto Professional Firefighters Association, the group Filippidis was skiing with when he was reported missing.

Ramagnano said he believes Filippidis spoke with his wife Tuesday prompting a response by emergency medical services, who found him still in his ski clothes, possibly in a confused state. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sophie’s Lair Ski Or Snowshoe Adventure Feb 17th

Sophie's LairA ski or snowshoe trek has been set for Saturday, February 17th on the Sophie’s Lair Trail in Willsboro.

Skiers and snowshoers should meet at 9:15 am at the Florence Hathaway trailhead on Essex Road in Willsboro (look for the tennis courts).

The Florence Hathaway Trail, about a half-mile long, leads to the Sophie’s Lair Trail. Overall, the ski/snowshoe adventure will run about 3 hours. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Tim Rowland: Conflicted By Boreas Ponds Plans

Boreas Ponds photo by Carl Heilman IIIf I had to pick a side, I suppose I would cast my lot with the older and wiser set who are cheering the APA’s decision to classify the sublime Boreas Ponds tract as a road-accessible wilderness, balanced by an adjoining swath of Wild Forest offering sucor to wielders of mountain bikes, snowmobiles, Falcon Heavy rocketships and any other toy that might strike their fancy. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Search Continues For Missing Whiteface Skier

Missing Whiteface Skier Constantinos 'Danny' FilippidisThe multi-agency search for a missing skier, Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, continued through the weekend and continues today, Monday, February 12, 2018. Filippidis, age 49, of Toronto, Canada, was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. He was last seen at the Whiteface Mountain Ski resort’s mid-station between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Since that time, teams led by the Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers in coordination with the New York State Police and staff from Whiteface Mountain have been searching for Filippidis.
» Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Featured Trail: Whiteface Landing

whiteface landingWhiteface Landing is located at the northeast end of Lake Placid lake.

With only 200 feet of elevation gain to the lake, this 7.2 mile out-and-back trip is suitable for all levels of skiers and snowshoers. » Continue Reading.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Great Snowmobiling Conditions: Ride Safely

snowmobilingWe have plenty of snow, and snowmobile trail conditions are very good around the Adirondacks. Trails will be busy this weekend, and some areas will be a little icy, especially on turns, so it’s a good time to review basic snowmobile safety.

Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. To find a course, go to the State Parks Snowmobile Education webpage. A safety certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Forest Rangers Respond To Hiking, Snowmobile Accidents

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ORDA-Whiteface Opens Trail On Lookout Mountain

Whiteface Wilmington TrailWhiteface Mountain, in Wilmington opened its third peak for skiing and riding. The Wilmington trail, off Lookout Mountain is now open. The Wilmington trail, the northeast’s longest intermediate run, is 2.5-miles long, overlooking Wilmington’s Wild Forest.

Photo of Wilmington Trail, courtesy ORDA/Whiteface.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Featured Trails: Bluberry Hill, Elizabethtown

blueberry trails lean toThe Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the town of Elizabethtown on town-owned lands. Part of the Champlain Area Trails, the trail system provides trails for snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the other seasons. A lean-to provides outstanding views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding. A sugarhouse and a small cabin are also found on the property. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.