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Outdoors

Brewer named chair of Northern Forest Canoe Trail board

LAKE PLACID — Anne Brewer has been paddling for most of her life. The Lake Placid resident has competed in the 90-Miler, a three-day race from Saranac Lake to Old Forge, at least six times. She’s also participated in the Long Lake Regatta a few times. She works as a guide for an ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try skiing through the Bloomingdale Bog

There are two trailhead locations for the popular Bloomingdale Bog trail, which is an old railroad bed. Bloomingdale end: Follow Route 192 north from the four corners in Bloomingdale. After almost 2 miles you will see parking for an old railroad grade trail on both sides of the road. This is ...

ORDA outlines venue expectations for holiday weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain winter playground is gearing up for a busy Martin Luther King Day weekend and beyond, especially if the weather cooperates to provide ideal conditions for outdoor activities. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Climbing Castle Rock and walking the loop

This snowshoe trip is a 3-mile out and back to Castle Rock or a 3-mile loop, depending on conditions of the backside of the loop and out and back might be the best option. Initially you will be following a private dirt road, please stay on the marked route. The trail markers are on the ...

College hockey player dies in Whiteface ski crash

WILMINGTON — A SUNY Fredonia student and hockey player died from a ski crash on Whiteface Mountain on Tuesday. Bernhard “Tanner” Kahlau, 22, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was skiing on the Approach trail at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center when he lost control, veered off the trail ...

Community waits for ice to thicken before playing on Mirror Lake

Every year, for decades, Mirror Lake has frozen over later and later in the season. This season has followed that trend, making the lake off limits — so far — to people used to playing on it during the wintertime. What’s happening to Mirror Lake is mirrored in lakes across the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Exploring Height of Land Mountain

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south, 18 miles east and west, and is made up of over 114,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands. During the early 1900s, logging was an important industry in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Big Pond: A nice afternoon ski or snowshoe destination

From the trailhead, you will begin and remain mostly on a gentle surface for your 3-mile round-trip excursion to Big Pond. Be sure to plan on a couple hours for this trip, but leave yourself some wiggle room for the what-ifs, poor conditions and just to be safe. The start brings you through ...

Ice break-through, self-rescue on Mirror Lake caught on camera

LAKE PLACID — On Saturday, Dec. 26, an unidentified man broke through the ice of Mirror Lake while walking on the frozen surface and fell into the cold water. His fall and subsequent self-rescue were captured on camera by an Ausable River Association livestream (webcam). The close call ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: My Sharps Ridge romp

It doesn’t matter where I go in the Adirondack Park, I always feel like home. Do you think it’s the plaid I wear? Maybe it’s my rustic middle-aged charm. Whatever it is, it always whets my taste buds to explore more of the park and spread out a bit. When I took this hike, the trails ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Leaving no waste trace in winter

Winter recreation, such as cross-country skiing and snowing, continues to grow in popularity in the Adirondacks. It’s easy to see why: beautiful landscapes, lack of biting bugs, no roots to trip over or mud to step in, and less crowds. Winter recreation is typically easier on the trails, ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: South Meadow is much more than a parking spot

South Meadow Road is now closed to public vehicle traffic for the winter season, but users may still walk, ski and snowshoe the road. In warmer months, this is a great destination to soak in the beauty. You may think of South Meadow simply as a place to park your car when hiking into the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try the Cooper Kiln Pond approach to Wilmington Peak

To approach Wilmington Peak from the south you should use this approach for the best direct access. From the trailhead the trail starts out on a flat course before gaining elevation and settled water. This route can be a very wet hike most times of the year. During the rainy season it can ...

Mt. Van Hoevenberg opens for skiing, Whiteface pushes opening day to Dec. 5

LAKE PLACID — Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday, Nov. 25. “Our snowmaking team has been hard at work, but with the ...

Let the skiing begin!

(Editor's note: This story was updated to include the new opening date.) Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday, Nov. 25. "Our ...

ORDA lowers Mount Van Hoevenberg season pass prices after public outcry

LAKE PLACID — Season passes for cross-country skiing at Mount Van Hoevenberg went on sale last month at a higher price than last year. Faced with local backlash over the increase, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority announced that the prices would be dropped. ORDA, which ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Bear Mountain (2,442 feet) Loop from Route 28

Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets some pretty serious attention from hikers; the summit can be a crowded location. Black Bear Mountain from Route 28 is the most popular approach, but a secondary approach ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: John Streiff, DEC Region 5 forest ranger captain

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed John Streiff, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger captain at Region 5 who retired in October, about his career and thoughts about some backcountry issues. Listen to a portion of this interview on the ...