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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 ...

Voice of DEC Region 5

LAKE PLACID — It was a Friday, Oct. 9, the beginning of a busy Columbus Day weekend. The sun was shining on David Winchell’s silver hair on the Main Street sidewalk in front of Mid’s Park. And there was a twinkle in his eyes as he spoke to tourists about hiking in the nearby ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: A Massawepie adventure

We started on an adventure to Douglas Rock and Burntbridge Pond. My definition of a good day in the woods is getting to explore and discover something new, and if at all possible, to top out on a new mountain and check out a pond. Today was a good day. I have been driving a lot lately, and ...

Lake Placid mulls dock restrictions

LAKE PLACID — The village Board of Trustees is exploring the idea of crafting legislation that would restrict the use of un-encapsulated polystyrene docks on local waterbodies. There are multiple waterfront properties in the area where there are docks floated by polystyrene — including ...

A life in the woods

RAY BROOK — It was a Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The sun was out, and two escaped inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora were on the run. Day 19 of the search, and there was still no sign of Richard Matt and David Sweat. State Department of Environmental Conservation ...

Harmful algal bloom found on Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — A harmful algal bloom has been discovered on Mirror Lake for the first time, and it has the potential to sicken people or pets who swim in this waterbody at the heart of this village. The bloom was found on Monday, Nov. 9 at the south end of the lake, where the public beach ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Heading out to Bullhead Pond

Overall I would have to say I had a pretty good, constructive early fall season. The rains that typically soak the region that time of year have not been all that bad, until this day. The weather comes and goes as the days progress and just as quick, the forecast changes as well. The day we ...

Harmful algal bloom found on Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — A harmful algal bloom has been discovered on Mirror Lake for the first time, and it has the potential to sicken people or pets who swim in this waterbody at the heart of this village. The bloom was found on Monday at the south end of the lake, where the public beach is ...

Work begins on Tupper to Placid rail trail

TUPPER LAKE — After years of negotiations that were often as stalled as the trains that used to run on the now-overgrown tracks between Utica and Lake Placid, the New York State Department of Transportation has finally broke ground on the Adirondack Rail Trail. The $1.9 million initial ...

Surveyed hikers support limits on wilderness access

Two leading conservation organizations and a state college recently released the preliminary results of a two-month hiker survey, showing that hikers who came to Adirondack Park favor limits on visitation to preserve the integrity of the wilderness. The survey, the results of which were ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Going to Church … Pond, that is

The colors were bright, the sun was high in the sky without a cloud blocking its warm rays, and the wind was absent. This called for a perfect day to get a fall kayak trip in. I had never paddled Church Pond and was curious about the access to Osgood Pond. So many times I have driven by ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Check out McGinn Hill, a Verplanck Colvin destination

There was a small peak that I had never climbed which was waiting in the reserves for a day just like this — McGinn Hill. The summit of this knob has called my name a few times in the past, but I have always passed it by to save for a rainy day, mainly because it is so close and views ...

No field trip? No problem

LAKE PLACID — Around this time of year, buses full of local schoolchildren usually arrive at Heart Lake for hands-on lessons about nature and responsible outdoor recreation. Fourth-graders from schools around the region would take in the fall foliage, leaves crunching beneath their ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Floodwood Mountain works for all kinds of hikers

Floodwood Mountain is an excellent hike for all makes and models of hikers. The terrain is moderate with only a couple of short, steep sections. The views are amazing, and a southern summit, which is a bit farther, offers even better views. The trail does continue to the southern summit but ...

Governor: Ski areas can open

NEW YORK (AP) — Ski resorts in New York will be allowed to open next month at half their indoor capacity with restrictions on sharing gondolas and face coverings required off the slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, Oct. 18. The governor said ski resorts can open Nov. 6 during a ...

Cliffside Coaster opens at Mount Van Hoevenberg

LAKE PLACID — The track climbs a few thousand feet uphill, the rails bordered by bright foliage just past peak. As the car meets the crest, there’s time for a glimpse of Mount Van Hoevenberg in the distance — and a lot of trepidation, for those unaccustomed to mountain coasters — ...