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January, 2019

Lawsuit Filed Against Snowmobile Bridge Over Protected River


Two Adirondack environmental groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a plan by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to construct a massive new snowmobile bridge over the protected Cedar River in a remote area of the Adirondack Park. The Cedar River is designated as a “Scenic” river under New York’s Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act. The suit challenges DEC’s issuance of a permit to itself for the bridge construction as violating the Act’s prohibition of motorized recreation, including snowmobiling, in Scenic river areas. The lawsuit also claims that DEC failed to conduct the required » Continue Reading. >>More


January, 2019

Frostbite Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention


January and February are some of the coldest months throughout the North Country, and with the extremely cold temperatures and wind-chill factor, frostbite is no joke. Today we’re going to talk about what frostbite is, who’s at risk, recognizing the signs and symptoms, how to prevent it, as well as what to do in case you do have frostbite. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016), frostbite is a serious condition that’s caused by exposure to extremely cold temperatures, freezing tissue in the body which can lead to permanent damage or amputation. The areas on the body >>More


January, 2019

Avalanches Reported in Adirondack High Peaks


There has been a skier triggered avalanche and other avalanche activity observed in the High Peaks. No one was caught in the skier triggered avalanche. No other information was immediately available. Last Thursday, January 17th, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a warning of an increased risk of avalanches in the Adirondacks.  The alert reminded backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who traverse slides and other steep open terrain to be aware of the risk of avalanche. The snow pack already had distinct layers formed by rain and melt/freeze cycles before a major storm dumped 1-2 >>More


January, 2019

Hardwater Anglers and 40 Degrees: Put Safety First


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding anglers to be cautious when ice fishing. After 1 to 2 feet of snow fell over most of the Adirondacks Saturday and Sunday, on Thursday temperatures reached near 40 in some areas melting ice and leaving slushy ice conditions with large puddles of water on many frozen waterbodies. Temperatures are expected to return to below freezing day and night through the weekend, but it will take some time to refreeze properly. Until then, expect deep slush and water, and/or deep crusted snow and slush ice on frozen waterbodies. The presence >>More


January, 2019

CanAm Pond Hockey Weekend in Lake Placid


The recent cold snap made plenty of ice around the Adirondacks and there is no better place to lace up the skates than at the annual CanAm Pond Hockey tournament in Lake Placid, with its more than 20 rinks cleared across Mirror Lake. A pond hockey game brings back the simplicity of the winter sport and no better place resonates with fans of the game like the hometown of the 1980 Miracle on Ice. The CanAm Hockey Tournament celebrates the spirit of hockey this weekend January 25-27, 2019 with age divisions as well as women’s open and co-ed open divisions. This annual >>More


January, 2019

‘Skate Lake Colby’ Event Set For Feb 3rd


The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has introduced a new event called Skate Lake Colby. The event will be held on Sunday, February 3 at the Lake Colby beach and Skate Path. It will offer ice skating paths and a fat bike trail. From noon to 5 pm the public is welcome to bring their own ice skates or try out other ice sports like kicksleds, Nordic skates and fat bikes, courtesy of Human Power Planet Earth (77 Main Street). From 6 to 8 pm the public is welcome to bring their own ice skates, headlamps or flashlights to skate >>More


January, 2019

Intro to Skate Skiing Clinic at Dewey, Mt Ho


Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and Mt. Van Hoevenberg have announced an introduction to skate ski clinic with Marijke Ormel-Cook, Randy Young, and other special guests, set for January 25-27, 2019. Participants can learn the skills and techniques necessary to skate skiing through a three session instruction course. Equipment will be made available for participants courtesy High Peaks Cyclery. Previous cross country ski experience and pre-reregistration is required. Scheduled dates as follows: Friday, January 25th at Dewey Mountain – 4:30 to 6 pm Saturday, January 26th at Mount Van Hoevenberg – 10 to 11:30 am Sunday, January » Continue Reading. View >>More


January, 2019

Reminder: Snowmobile Safe Riding Tips


Ride responsibly while enjoying the Adirondack Park’s abundant snowmobiling opportunities. Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. To find a course, click here. General snowmobile conditions can be found in the weekly Outdoors Conditions Report.  Before heading out, riders should check with local snowmobile clubs regarding specific trail conditions and notices for the trails on which they plan to ride. The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) website includes a list of Adirondack snowmobile clubs. Safety recommendations >>More


January, 2019

Avalanche Risk In High Peaks Region


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who may traverse slides and other steep open terrain in the Adirondacks must be aware of the risk of avalanche this weekend. Snow depths in the High Peaks’ high elevation slopes range from two to five feet and an additional foot or more of snow is expected this weekend. The new snow will fall on the current snow pack, which already has distinct layers formed by rain and melt/freeze cycles. Due to high winds, snows depths are deeper on leeward slopes or areas of >>More


January, 2019

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missons


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. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Search: On Jan. 8, a 26-year-old Rochester woman called DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch to request help descending Mount Marcy in the Eastern Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness Area. >>More