Friday, February 16, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (2/16): ADK Rail Trail gates closed between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


  • Snow Report (2/14): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 2/14. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 67cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn at Avalanche Pass. The lakes are still in.
  • Adirondack Rail Trail Closure to Snowmobiles: The gates are closed between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake on the Adirondack Rail Trail which is currently closed to snowmobiling due to a lack of snowpack. Like many trails in the Forest Preserve, current trail conditions are variable, consisting of snow, ice, and bare pavement/stone dust. Be cautious of frozen ruts and uneven terrain along the trail.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Snow Trains of the 1930s

People exit a snow train at the North Creek station

By James M Schaefer, Schenectady Wintersports Club 

This year, 2024 will be the 90th Anniversary of the Snow Trains that took many skiers and winter sports enthusiasts from Schenectady to North Creek in the southern Adirondacks! But that Snow Train had to wait until March 4th, 1934 to make its historic run. A lack of natural snow was the reason!

Following the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid, the Schenectady Wintersports Club was organized to spur efforts to get trains to transport skiers to snowy destinations. My father, Vincent Schaefer and his friends, were leaders of the Club. Their 1932-1933 effort started with getting hundreds of Schenectadians, to sign petitions showing interest in a Snow Train.

They convinced the passenger agent of the Boston & Maine Railroad to run several day-trips from Schenectady to the mountains around Wilmington, Vermont. But Old Man Winter did not cooperate!

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

ACW hosts Fact or Fiction – live storytelling game

ACW Fact or Fiction event, 2023

The Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) will host its second Fact or Fiction storytelling event on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at The Garagery in Saranac Lake.
The Garagery is Grizle T’s event space, located at the rear of 53 Main St. and accessed through the Dorsey Street parking lot.

Fact or Fiction is a live storytelling game where performers tell stories and the audience asks questions in order to determine if what they just heard was true or made-up. ACW will choose the storytellers in advance to ensure a good mix of stories. Audience members can play solo or form teams to decide which questions to ask and whether to vote fact or fiction at the end of each story. The team or solo player to categorize the most stories correctly will win prizes, glory and more.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Photo provided by ACW.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Discussion time: Parade controversy

discussion graphic

Were you at this year’s Winter Carnival parade in Saranac Lake? This annual tradition is much loved by people near and far from the community. The event made news recently due to some controversy, stemming from a monster truck with a Confederate flag painted on its hood. Also a group of marchers with signs speaking out about the conflict in Gaza raised concerns from some, who feel that politics shouldn’t have a place in a local parade.

Read more here and weigh in here: Do you think it’s OK to work political commentary into parades? Should the parade committee have paid closer attention and kept the truck out? What should be done going forward?

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Protecting land protects water

Aerial view of intact forests along the North Branch of the Boquet River on the Ben Wever Farm property

Land protecting water

Healthy and protected forests create healthy water resources. And now the Open Space Institute has data to back it up.

OSI, one of the Northeast’s leading conservation organizations, last week published a report outlining how land conservation can serve as a strategy to protect and clean water.

The report set out to “bridge the gap between the broad ecosystem benefits often measured by land trusts and the pollutant load measures that serve as the primary ‘currency’ of clean water programs.”

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Incredible Shrinking Adirondack Park Agency Board

When the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created over 50 years ago, it was at the forefront of environmental protection and regional land use regulation and planning for the Adirondacks, New York State, and the United States. The APA was established to “insure optimum overall conservation, protection, preservation, development and use of the unique scenic, aesthetic, wildlife, recreational, open space, historic, ecological and natural resources of the Adirondack park.” No small task, for sure. The APA Board, made up of eight individuals nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate and three representatives from state agencies, has “responsibility for developing long-range park policy in a forum reflecting statewide concern.” The APA, led by its Board, is supposed to be the lead agency for planning in the Adirondack Park and is supposed to oversee the management of the Forest Preserve.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Winter Wonderland Week


ice skating in Long Lake

There is plenty to do in Long Lake and Raquette Lake from February 16  – 25  . Winter Wonderland Week offers a slate of events for all ages.

The Long Lake Geiger Ice Skating Rink and Mt. Sabattis Sledding Hill will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, no matter the conditions. Special programming on Sunday, February 25  includes a visit from the Long Lake Fire Department as part of the Adirondack Local Culture Program Community Day at the Geiger Arena and is open to everyone.

Restaurant Week starts February 16  – 25 . Visit the ADK Trading Post, Adirondack Hotel, Brookside Hops and Hoagies, Long Lake Diner, Long View Lodge and the Paradise Cove Cafe. There are free dining cards at all locations, get your card stamped and submit for a prize at the end of the week. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Snowmobile and hiking bridge reset in Wells; car stuck on Powley Rd

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wells
Hamilton County
Trail Maintenance: On Feb. 7, with approval and support from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, Forest Rangers Hamm, Nally, and Thompson joined members of the Algonquin Sno-Blazers snowmobile club to reset a snowmobile and hiking bridge displaced during early season rain and snow melt. Rangers and club members used old telephone poles and a high-strength come-along ratchet puller to slide the bridge back across the creek to allow a safe crossing for snowmobiles, snowshoers, and skiers. The Algonquin Sno-Blazers club was established in 1970. Members volunteer to maintain more than 55 miles of trails in Hamilton County.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosts multigenerational game day

People play Scrabble at a table

Lake Placid, NY— On Jan. 23 at First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted their Friendship Volunteers, Elder Friends, and St. Bernard’s 5th grade students for a multigenerational game day and refreshments. Guests played newly-reimagined multigenerational versions of the classic board games Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

My Rifle For A Rose

a young couple with roses

A St. Valentine’s Day Story 

Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw was stationed at Fort Drum.  Thirty-four years ago, a young nurse stole his heart. Thirty-four years ago, a young Army Captain fresh out of Ranger School fell on love’s battlefield.  Thirty-four years ago, Cupid’s arrow pierced a young soldier’s heart. Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw traded his rifle for his rose.

Thirty-four years later, love’s rose still blossoms.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Stories we love

heart mugMaybe it was just coincidence that the coffee mug I reached for this morning bore a big red heart, or maybe it’s seasonal subliminal messages. 

However, these posts aren’t really focused on overpriced roses and Hallmark greeting cards. Digging through the Almanack archives, I thought it would be better to highlight more of the unconditional stuff that you can’t find at the grocery store.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Clifton-Fine hosts Whiteout Weekend, Feb. 16-18

Clifton-Fine Whiteout Weekend 2024


Annual winter festival traditionally held on President’s Day Weekend in Southern St. Lawrence County / Northwestern Adirondacks

Clifton-Fine, NY – WhiteOut Weekend events continue in 2024 with fun for the whole family. In its 10th season, 2024 WhiteOut Weekend will be held Friday, February 16, Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18. The celebration includes outdoor recreation, music, arts, food and more! The Clifton-Fine area is surrounded by wilderness and takes pride in its friendly, small-town feel. Events are held in the hamlets of Cranberry Lake, Newton Falls, Oswegatchie, Star Lake and Wanakena. Whiteout Weekend T-shirts depicting this year’s logo – the Black-capped Chickadee – will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Mothers Weave Their Children’s Hearts

Mother and daughter weaving

A Valentine for All Moms… 

From tender filaments, 

Mothers weave the precious hearts of their children. 

Out of freshest, greenest blades of supple, new grass, 

They nurture them into living tapestries 

Of discovery and promise. 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Lawmakers want clean water funds

State Senate


On Wednesday I attended part of the state Legislature’s joint environmental conservation budget hearing in Albany. State leaders and lawmakers cram the future of New York’s agriculture, parks, environment and energy into one day. You can watch the whole 13 hours and 20 minutes of it on YouTube.

I’m unclear why the state doesn’t separate energy, the environment or agriculture into their own days. The sheer number of topics legislators fly through, however, provides a fascinating snapshot of what’s happening across the state.

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