Friday, January 19, 2024

Hickory Ski Center to reopen Jan. 20

Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg

Warrensburg, NY – Hickory Ski Center’s lifts will run again. Hickory will reopen to the public for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. Following several years of renovation, infrastructure investment, and fundraising, the beloved Adirondack ski area will feature its iconic steep vertical terrain (with breathtaking views from the top of the Three Sisters Mountains), a
beginner area for new skiers, and comfort food from Three Sisters Café.


Friday, January 19, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/19): Knowing the signs of frostbite

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Snow Report (1/18): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 1/18. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 89 cm (35in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn where snow depths exceed 8 inches, which as of 1/17 was beyond Marcy Dam. Microspikes/crampons are needed. The lakes are in.
  • Open Snowmobile Trails: As of 1/18, most snowmobile trails are now open; but visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Salt solutions from outside New York

A highway truck heads along Route 9N in Upper Jay near the East Branch of the Ausable River.

Seeking solutions:

New York uses more road salt than any state in the country. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only state grappling with the perennial challenge of keeping roads safe while minimizing damage to critical water resources.

For our current issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, I scoured midwestern states for lessons that could inform debates in the Adirondack Park about how best to control road salt pollution.

Here’s an overview of what I found:

  • Regulate: Despite a longstanding federal recommendation, New York has never adopted a chloride standard for aquatic environments. While many of the standards I found in other state were well above levels considered healthy for lake systems, those rules were driving more formalized adoption of best practices than we have seen in New York. State officials have suggested a chloride standards is in the works in New York.

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Saranac Lake 3P Race registration now open

Saranac Lake 3P map

Registration is open for the Saranac Lake 3P (A frontcountry adventure race featuring a variety of outdoor activities). Happening March 2 in Saranac Lake. Register as a team or individual (limited spots remaining). A mini option is available for kids to participate.

See the Sponsors page for a complete list (so far) of 2024 3P sponsors. Human Power Planet Earth in Saranac Lake has donated a Reid mountain bike to the 3P to raffle off as a fundraiser.  All proceeds this year go toward youth skiing programs at Mt. Pisgah.  Tickets can be bought online at RunReg page, at Coakley’s Hardware on Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Ampersound Music.

Image at top: Course map of the 2023 3P event.  Image courtesy of Saranac Lake 3P event organizers.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

NFCT hiring for 2024 stewardship season

Northern Forest Canoe trail team at Gorham Dam in NH

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is now hiring to fill out its 2024 stewardship crew. A total of seven positions are available: six paid internships and one crew leader for the Allagash field team. The stewardship crew works with the NFCT‘s year-round staff and volunteers across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine to complete projects that enhance access and protect against environmental degradation along the 740-mile waterway trail that begins in Old Forge, NY, and ends in Fort Kent, Maine.

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

LPCA: Kevin Nealon, Crash Test Dummies to perform in May

Kevin Nealon headshot, provided by LPCA

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is excited to announce two new performances coming in May, 2024: stand-up comedy from long-running SNL cast member Kevin Nealon on Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and 90s rock band Crash Test Dummies on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets for both performances go on sale later this month.

During his time on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (1986-1995), Kevin Nealon created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including ‘The Subliminal Man’ and ‘Hans and Franz.’ His recurring role as an anchor on ‘Weekend Update’ helped make the sketch a show staple. Others may know Nealon best from his role in the hit Showtime series Weeds. As an Emmy and SAG-nominated actor and comedian who sets himself apart from other performers with his unique sense of humor, Kevin will bring his dry wit and likable demeanor to the stage in Lake Placid for a hilarious evening out.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Hamlet of Saranac Lake

apa headquarters

By Mark Wilson and Stephen Erman 

A drama of Shakespearean size is unfolding at the Adirondack Park Agency. As 2024 begins, the regulatory body finds itself wading through legal and ethical issues on a freshwater wetlands at the western edge of the Village of Saranac Lake. The wetlands flow from the base of Dewey Mountain, under the George LaPan Memorial Highway, along the high school grounds and into Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake. The entire wetlands complex lies within the designation of “hamlet” on Park Agency maps, a land-use classification covering the entire village. In agency jargon, “hamlet” applies to areas of the Adirondack Park subject to the fewest APA regulations.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

BluSeed Studios Sober Open Minded Mic set for Jan. 19

Blueseed Studios: Jan 2024 Sober Open Minded Mic

Saranac Lake, NY – The Sober Open Minded Mic at BluSeed Studios continues in 2024. There are nine 10-minute slots and a half hour featured artist. Admission to the event is free of charge, alcohol-free, and family friendly. Performing genres at past events have included singer/songwriters, acoustic and electric instruments, piano, poetry, and stand-up comedy. January’s Spotlight Artist is Jeffrey Wanzer Dupra who will perform on Jan. 19. Dupra has a distinctive sound, and creates stories and music from the heart.

You can hear his music at https://www.jeffreywanzerdupra.com/.

BluSeed Studios is located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake, NY. For more information, visit: www.bluseedstudios.org/

Photo at top provided by Lisa Meissner of the Rustic Riders.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Public invited to comment on plans for Revolutionary War soldiers’ remains

Public Comment Period Open Through February 19, 2024

 Ray Brook – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods to solicit comments for a proposed amendment to the 1981 Lake George Beach and Battlefield Park Unit Management Plans (UMP). The public is invited to submit input on the draft amendment and its conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until February 19, 2024.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Good Samaritan saves man & dog that fell through Hinckley Reservoir ice

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Training: On Jan. 8, Forest Rangers Adams, Milano, and Odell participated in ice safety rescue training at the Long Lake Town Beach. Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River where local ice conditions constantly fluctuate. A minimum of four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. However, ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Since ice thickness can vary on a lake, outdoor adventurers are advised to check the ice periodically to stay safe. More information about ice safety is available on DEC’s website.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

In Tribute to Charlie Morrison

Charlie Morrison

When it comes to the Adirondacks and the “forever wild” provision of our state constitution, a number of us just lost a great, very determined, and very influential teacher in that field of green. Charles C. “Charlie” Morrison died this week in his mid-90s. After a long career as a natural resource planner with the federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and, starting in 1967 with NYS Conservation Department and then in 1970 the Department of Environmental Conservation, Charlie’s retirement years were devoted to the not-for-profit world. These included (but by no means were limited to) board and committee service, all voluntary, with the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, the Club’s Adirondack group, the Environmental Planning Lobby, now Environmental Advocates of NY, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, Protect the Adirondacks, and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge Results

Long Lake Polar Plunge: MATT HOSLEY PHOTO BY ADIRONDACK AERIAL & GROUND IMAGERY

The Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Long Lake Town Beach. Twenty teams boasting 44 Plungers raised $7,619 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Temperatures hovered around 28 F when the plunge kicked off at noon. Fundraising efforts support Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) programs and services, which are provided at no cost to warriors and their families.  Through their efforts at the community level, the “Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge” is directly supporting WWP programs and services for warriors, which include access to mental and physical health care, employment assistance, and education services.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

LPCA to show film, Anatomy of a Fall, Jan. 19

Anatomy of a Fall promo image.

Lake Placid, NY – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is pleased to present Adirondack Film’s “See Something That Means Something,” a 2024 series which offers an opportunity for film goers to watch moving, meaningful films the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. from January through June. This series aims to showcase a unique blend of films, bringing a community of film lovers together to experience something that gets you thinking and sharing. See below for details on the award-winning film, Anatomy of a Fall, which will be shown on Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the LPCA. *This film is rated R and contains mature themes.*

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Monday, January 15, 2024

A Perilous Moment

Sheepdog in the snow

A Perilous Moment

This true canine rescue story actually took place several years ago, during the March thaw, a bit closer to spring. However, given this years mild temperatures, I thought this might be an opportune time to share it, as a precautionary warning:

WATCH OUT FOR THOSE PUPS & BEWARE OF THIN ICE!

For the full story, click the link & read on.