Posts Tagged ‘skiing’

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Jan 16)

adirondack conditions 1-16This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

January 16th, 2020 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

North Creek Ski Bowl Adds Fat Tire Biking, More

Gore Mountain Nordic Center at the North Creek Ski BowlGore Mountain has announced they are opening its professionally maintained cross-country trails to fat tire biking on non-holiday Wednesday nights. Bikers are welcomed to explore the Ski Bowl’s stadium layout, which features both grooming and snowmaking and includes a variety of inclines, flat stretches, and brief wooded routes.

Twilight trail passes for biking, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing are available for $12. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Gore Mountain’s Backwoods Ski Club Carries On

backwoods ski club logoNear the end of every ski season there’s a party at Gore Mountain sponsored by the Backwoods Ski Club for all of the workers and volunteers who make the season happen.  The Club provides a dinner buffet and beverages, and Club members mingle and merge with the lift operators, ski patrol members, ski instructors, snow makers, groomers, maintenance workers, concession and food service workers, office staff, and those who are constantly working to clean up the mess.

Club members, who have sponsored the party over the last 20 or 25 years, have come to call it “The Worker’s Party” and it’s reminiscent of the founding of the Club more than 50 years ago. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Police Investigating Fatal Skiing Accident at Whiteface

state police logoThe New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ray Brook is investigating a fatal skiing accident that occurred on Whiteface Mountain on Monday, December 23, 2019.

According to police, Nicholas Koch, age 21, from Danville, Pennsylvania, was visiting at Whiteface with family. On December 23, 2019, at approximately 12:30 pm, Koch was descending Lower Northway Trail on skis when he exited the trail and struck a group of trees. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 23, 2019

NCCC Offers Alpine Snowsports Course

Alpine Snowsports courseWhiteface Mountain will play host to an Alpine Snowsports course through North Country Community College.

Open to the public, including seniors, the course is an opportunity for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels – beginner to advanced – to maintain and upgrade their current skills and grow more confidence on the slopes. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 13, 2019

Santas Ski Free Sunday at Whiteface Mountain

Santas at WhitefaceThis Sunday, December 15, is the fourth annual Santas Ski for Free Day, at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington.

Guests, who dress as Mr. or Mrs. Claus, participate in a group photo, and arrive by 10 am, receive a free lift ticket to ski or ride the Olympic mountain.

Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders are expected to participate. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

40th Empire State Winter Games: What’s New?

eswg logoThe 40th Annual Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) is set to bring more than 2,500 traditional and adventure winter sports athletes to the Adirondack Region, January 30th through February 2nd.

Athletes of all ages from across the state and beyond will compete in more than 30 events.

New for 2020, the ESWG will feature a push para bobsled event and a collegiate ski jumping event. The winter bike event will also be returning for 2020. In addition, the ESWG is partnering with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) to host an Esports Overwatch competition, featuring the top four teams out of 60 regional colleges invited to participate.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

BETA Annual Meeting, Ski Movie Fundraiser

winterlandBarkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is set to hold their Annual Meeting and Ski Movie Screening and Fundraiser on Saturday, December 21st, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

At the annual meeting BETA members will vote to elect two new representatives to the Board of Directors of the organization, Connie Prickett and Thea Moruzzi. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Adirondack Skiing Has Begun: What’s Open

Snowmaking on Bear Mountain Summit courtesy Gore MountainThere is 4-8 inches of snow across most of the Adirondacks, with deeper snows – about 6-10 inches – across the Northern Adirondacks, and at higher elevations in the High Peaks, and nordic, downhill and some backcountry skiing has begun around the region.

Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, and Gore Mountain, in North Creek opened for the 2019-’20 season on Friday. They will remain open through the weekend, but may close during the week until Friday after Thanksgiving. Both mountains have begun using direct-to-lift radio-frequency identification (RFID) for Ski 3 Card holders. There’s a new cabin at the summit of Burnt Ridge Mountain at Gore. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Paul Smith’s College Becoming Nordic Training Center

Bill DemongPaul Smith’s College, the lone four-year institution in the Adirondacks, is about to become the East Coast Training Center for USA Nordic, the national governing body for ski jumping and Nordic combined in this country.

The announcement comes as USA Nordic embarks on an initiative to establish similar training centers in the central and western United States.  The East Coast Nordic Training Center at Paul Smith’s College will officially open and begin accepting student/athletes for the fall 2020 semester. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

How Gore Mountain Got The Name On Its New Logo

Gore Mountain Ski Area Map With Gore It IS Named After (Courtesy Adirondack Atlas)When the earliest Adirondack maps were drawn, Gore Mountain’s true summit could not be clearly identified. As colonial surveyor Verplanck Colvin put it “the highest point always seemed to disappear in the intricate group of peaks of which the mountain was composed.”

As the area around the mountain was increasingly surveyed, a “gore” developed between two large tracts of land, Hyde’s Patent, and the southeast line of  the Totten & Crossfield Purchase.  It was in or near this gore –  a surveyor’s term indicating an unmapped triangular or tapered area between two surveyed areas that does not connect (or close) along a common line – that the mountain sat. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Whiteface Lake Placid 2019-20 Autumn, Winter Events

whiteface mtnThe New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced the 2019-2020 Whiteface Lake Placid fall/winter calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.

Scheduled major events include: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Man Sought In Connection With Ski Center Vandalism

man suspected of causing damage to trails at the Cascade Ski CenterAccording to a press release issued by New York State Police, on June 9, 2019 the New York State Police received a call that an individual had caused damage to trails at the Cascade Ski Center with a vehicle. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ski with Olympian Andrew Weibrecht for Make-A-Wish

I am thankfully every day that my children are healthy. It is something I never take for granted. Though neither of my kids have ever been seriously sick, we all saw our young cousin’s struggle with stage 4 cancer. I’m not going to dwell on the devastating effects this type of diagnose has on any family, but I will mention that any moments of joy woven through those trips to the hospital and countless mental treatments lifted spirits. It’s those moments of happiness when children have the chance to remember they are still children.

I was thrilled to read that World Cup Alpine Skier and Winter Olympian Andrew Weibrecht has been a trustee for the Northeast section of Make-A-Wish Foundation. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

High Peaks Etiquette: Downhill Skiers and Bare-Booters

Allison Rooney skiing in the High Peaks Wilderness by Bill SchneiderEvery winter there are conflicts between backcountry hikers and skiers. While skiing I try my best to educate hikers on the trail, but it isn’t a time when people tend to be very receptive.

I realize there are many hikers who are naïve to the world of backcountry skiing. While there are those who will never alter their behavior, I believe that with considerate education most will realize that there are a few simple things they can do that will improve trail use for all users.

I thought a quick summary of the backcountry downhill skiing situation in the High Peaks Wilderness in particular might be helpful. » Continue Reading.