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Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.
BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Just 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.
Welcoming athletes from over 40 cities and 15 countries to the Olympic region, participants will compete in nordic and alpine skiing, snowboarding, speed skating, ice hockey and figure skating. » Continue Reading.
This Sunday, December 9, is the third 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.
New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) managed ski resorts – Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington; Gore Mountain, North Creek; and Belleayre Mountain, Highmount – have all begun snowmaking operations in anticipation of their season openings, Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – weather and conditions permitting. » Continue Reading.
The winter sports action film Face of Winter is set to play at the Indian Lake Theater on November 17 at 7 pm. Snow sports enthusiasts and adventure goers of all ages are invited to kick off the season with Warren Miller’s 69th installment ski and snowboard film.
Warren Miller’s films captured the magic of skiing and Face of Winter brings top athletes together to pay tribute. » Continue Reading.
Gore Mountain has multiple construction projects underway, including an overhaul to its snowmaking system and an expansion and renovation to the Base Lodge’s Tannery Pub & Restaurant.
A new pump house is being constructed and new pipe installed for Gore to add 2,000 more gallons of water per minute to its pumping capacity for snowmaking. Gore managers expects this “necessary increase” to allow the mountain to open more trails earlier in the season and expand terrain faster. 312 new snow guns are being installed which can be controlled remotely and can respond to real-time weather changes. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced they are accepting public comments for two associated actions related to proposed improvements at the Gore Mountain Intensive Use Ski Area.
New 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.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has announced they are now accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan.
Highlights of proposed changes include new intermediate downhill ski trails, widening of some existing trails, an extension and replacement of the existing Bear Lift and a replacement and realignment of the existing Freeway Lift. The plan also addresses parking needs, improvements for vehicular and pedestrian access to base areas and mountain biking trails. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has announced they are accepting public comments for a proposed amendment to the Gore Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan.
Proposed changes include new downhill ski trails, widening of some existing trails, a new triple or quad lift from Northwood Lodge to Lower Sunway, an expansion of the NYSEF building, snowmaking improvements and a request for State Land reclassification. The plan also proposes hiking and mountain biking trail changes. » Continue Reading.
Whiteface 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.
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