Avalanche danger increases during and immediately after major snowfalls and during thaws. Recent warm weather brought significant melting and settling of snow before a winter storm Wednesday night into Thursday brought several inches of fresh snow to the High Peaks region, with new accumulations close to a foot in some places. Snow may be deeper on leeward slopes or areas of snow deposits, such as gullies. As snow accumulates over time it develops distinct layers formed by rain and melt/freeze cycles. When new snow falls onto previous snowpack, it adds weight and downward pressure. Lower snow layers may be reactive to the added stresses of recent snows, creating conditions conducive to avalanches.
The Town of Inlet is getting ready for the 21st annual Frozen Fire & Lights – a weekend of bonfires, fireworks, and family fun that will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023. This event began as a way of reminding visitors and locals of what the town has to offer at Fern Park in the winter. Every winter, the pavilion is flooded and becomes an indoor skating rink with a warming room and heated restrooms. A small section at the base of the mountain was cleared many years ago leaving a nice little sledding hill, and several years ago the top was leveled off creating a nice, flat area to stage before sliding down.
PAUL SMITHS- The Paul Smith’s College VIC announced the release of its new mobile app that provides an interactive trail map with location services for ease of use on trail system. Content development began in July 2022. App Released in BETA mode to the Public in August. The past two years have been a story of growth, particularly in terms of technology. In August, the VIC announced a “soft launch” of its new mobile phone application, that would allow users to view their location on an interactive map and explore points of interest along the trails. The app was developed by Frameless Technologies, whose mission is to “create immersive engagement opportunities for innovative brands to attract clients, visitors, and talent.”
This week was a February thaw most of the time, with rain and wet snow. Then Friday night [Feb. 10] we did get two inches of nice snow to start the weekend…and Old Forge’s Winter Carnival. About the only time I got outside was to feed the birds and get the mail, as the ankle is still not up to par. The cold I had, I passed on to Karen and so far, we have both survived it. Got tested for Covid and strep throat, had neither…just a good, old fashioned cold. Alka-Seltzer, cough drops, and many naps for the cure.
On Saturday, February 11, 2023 in Long Lake, NY several eager groups of ice fisherman gathered at the Long Lake Geiger Arena to register for the Long Lake/Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby. Some anglers chose to fish Long Lake, and some opted for Lake Eaton, looking to catch the top prize for Lake Trout with an accumulating payout of $500. There were fifteen junior participants and 34 adults. A total of 23 fish were weighted in for the competition. Kids brought in a total of eleven Northern Pike. Adults weighed-in with a total of twelve fish. Lake Eaton produced five Land-Locked Salmon and two Rainbow Trout. Pike numbered a total of five entries. Marty Pierce’s winning fish weighed in at 13.63 lbs and 39 inches.
KEENE, NY – The AdirondackLandTrust invites shutterbugs with an interest in environmental conservation to join a free, virtual winter photography workshop Wednesday, March 1, noon-1:30 p.m. with landscape photographer Manuel Palacios. Beginners and pros will find new ideas for creating impactful winter photographs. There is no limit to the number of participants for this virtual workshop.
Palacios will share his favorite photography techniques and approaches to winter photography – from special equipment needs for shooting in harsh and unforgiving winter conditions to finding ways to use the elements of the season to express a deeper connection to the landscape.
Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) will open registration for its 11th annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon on Monday, March 6 at 8 a.m. This free event is open to the public, and all who register in the month of March can receive a free event t-shirt.
Information about the event, site details, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, and registration can be found at lakegeorgehikeathon.org.
The Hike-A-Thon is a free, watershed-wide event that includes nearly 700 hikers, paddlers and volunteers in an organized morning of guided outdoor recreation. The simultaneous hikes and paddles culminate with aerial photography of each group by Carl Heilman, II, who will once again be flying in a helicopter piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country HeliFlite.
There is plenty to do in the Long Lake and Raquette Lake region from February 17 through 26. Winter Wonderland Week offers a slate of events for all ages, offering both outdoor and indoor activities. The tradition to schedule multi-events coincides with President’s Day weekend and February’s week-long school break. Long Lake Parks and Recreation has planned an array of events ranging from a magic show, movie night, cooking class, to outdoor events including Winter Survivor, where kids will participate in a Scavenger Hunt meets unique Survival Challenges to round out the week of fun.
The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick off on Saturday, February 18 with youth activities starting at 11 a.m . Games will include a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug- of-war. At noon there will be a Ladies’ Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, and $25. Weather permitting, the Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, and $25.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun event for bird watchers of all ages and abilities, from beginners to experts. The GBBC will be held Friday, February 17, through Monday, February 20, 2023. To help, you will need to count the birds you see or hear for at least 15 minutes (or longer if you wish) for one or more days of the four-day event. You can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. For more information visit the GBBC website.
Photo at top: Northern cardinal. Photo by John Mack. Photo courtesy of the NYS DEC.
All are welcome to gather for an afternoon of skiing and yoga to benefit AdkAction’s Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship program. Organizers and participants will be gathering at Scott’s Cobble Nordic Center on Saturday, February 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. for some beginner-level yoga, a relaxing ski on the trails, refreshments and snacks around the fire. Guests are encouraged to donate what they are able to help AdkAction to raise $6,000 for their Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship program. Interested parties are asked to RSVP online using this link.
All are invited to explore the celestial heavens on a clear, moonless night in the north field of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site as part of a stargazing event scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m. A telescope will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes or binoculars. This will be an outdoor program that will be held in the north field adjacent to the north field parking lot near the park entrance. In the case of inclement weather, Sunday, February 19 will be the rain date. This event is free and open to the public.
The John Brown Farm is located at 115 John Brown Road, a half mile north of State Route 73, in North Elba (2 miles east of the village of Lake Placid.) For further information, contact the park office at (518) 527-0191 or email email@example.com.
State Parks oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which were visited by a record 74 million people last year. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call (518) 474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with them on Facebook, or follow them on Instagram and Twitter.
Photo at top: Night sky, stars over Heart Lake. Photo by Brendan Wiltse. Almanack archive photo, 2014.
Clifton-Fine, NY – The 2023 Adirondack White Out Weekend will be held Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. The celebration includes activities for the whole family including, outdoor recreation, music, arts, and food. The community of Clifton-Fine boasts a true wilderness area with a friendly, small-town feel. Please visit the White Out Weekend website and Facebook page for detailed information and a printable schedule. This event is put on by 100-percent volunteer efforts and the generosity of sponsors, donations, and fundraising proceeds. Adirondack White Out Weekend is a subcommittee under the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
The NYS DEC is actively recruiting Directors, Assistant Directors, Waterfront Directors, Cooks, Nurses, EMTs, Counselors, and Camp Aides for the 2023 Summer Camps Program. All positions offer competitive salaries, plus room and board for the summer.
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