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January, 2014

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Jan 30)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS.   SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates active, new or revised items. ** MIXED WINTER CONDITIONS: Temperatures are expected to warm this weekend into the upper 20s and lower 30s during the day and nighttime temperatures in the teens and 20s. Expect a variety of mixed precipitation, depending on >>More


January, 2014

Skiing to Moose Pond Near Saranac Lake


It was another cold but brilliant day in Saranac Lake. I skied to Moose Pond on my lunch hour, a pristine water body with knockout views of Moose Mountain and Whiteface Mountain. As usual this winter, I was worried about the amount of snow cover and so was glad to discover that the trail has been skied a lot in recent days. There were well-packed ski tracks all the way to the pond. Snowshoers also have been using the trail. I want to thank them for hiking to the side of the ski tracks. The Moose Pond trail is an >>More


January, 2014

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Jan 24)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS.   SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates active, new or revised items. ** VERY COLD WINTER CONDITIONS: Temperatures remain very cold. Expect daytime highs in the teens this weekend with nighttime, and nighttime lows in single digits to teens below zero. Light snow and snow showers are in the >>More


January, 2014

Backcountry Skiing: Fresh Snow, But More Needed


We got several inches of light snow over the weekend, so I went to the Jackrabbit Trail on my lunch hour Monday to check out the ski conditions. I skied the two miles from McKenzie Pond Road to McKenzie Pond. The woods were beautiful, with fluffy snow adorning the branches of the evergreens. The trail looked nice, too. Unfortunately, there was little or no base underneath the fluff. For the most part, this was not a problem. In several places, though, roots and rocks lurked beneath the surface. The diciest spots were on two small downhills on the return trip. >>More


January, 2014

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Jan 16)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS.   SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates active, new or revised items. ** WINTER CONDITIONS: The recent spate of warmer weather has ended. Expect daytime highs in the teens through the upcoming holiday weekend with nighttime lows in the low teens and single digits. Light snow and snow showers >>More


January, 2014

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Jan 9)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS.   SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates active, new or revised items. ** WINTER CONDITIONS: Be prepared for below freezing nighttime temperatures and generally cold, wet weather this weekend. Snow and sleet on Friday, turning to rain on Saturday and into Sunday. This significant warm-up and rain will result >>More


January, 2014

Western Adirondacks Best Bet For Nordic Skiers


The Tug Hill region east of Lake Ontario got clobbered by a lake-effect snowstorm Tuesday.  I was hoping we’d get a decent snowfall in Saranac Lake, but we received little more than dusting. The woods on Baker Mountain looked pretty this morning, but they would have made for ugly skiing. The western Adirondacks, however, picked up several inches of fresh snow. Chris Tapper, business manager of Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, said the Old Forge area got about five inches of light snow. The area now has about eight inches on the ground, and Tapper said most trails >>More


January, 2014

Lost Brook Dispatches: Remote New Year’s Perfection


After four nights at Lost Brook Tract with Amy, two adult sons and our irrepressible dog Henderson, I’m raring to go for another year of Almanacking, though my contributions will be a little less frequent as I bear down with more purpose on the book I’m undertaking. This stay at Lost Brook Tract was the best ever.  The weather conditions and quality of light were the most beautiful I’ve ever experienced in the Adirondacks, to which the photo can attest.  It was truly luminous. There was less snow than in past years but no less winter.  The temperatures ranged from >>More


January, 2014

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Jan 2)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS.   SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates active, new or revised items. ** WINTER CONDITIONS: Extreme cold weather is forecast through mid-day Saturday. Temperatures will rise as the weekend progresses, but will remain below freezing with very cold wind-chill values (-10 to -20, and ten degrees colder on summits). >>More


December, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Dec 26)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WNBZ (AM 920 & 1240, FM 105 & 102.1), WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. The report can also be found at Mountain Lake PBS. SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates active, new or revised items. ** WINTER CONDITIONS: Expect winter weather conditions with temperatures below freezing and occasional light snow around the region, heavier snowfalls in the lake effect snow areas, and the potential >>More