Avalanche Pass ski video

Looking toward Avalanche Pass from Marcy Dam.
Looking toward Avalanche Pass from Marcy Dam.

The trip to Avalanche Lake from Adirondak Loj is one of the most popular ski tours in the Adirondacks, and justifiably so. You’re treated to a variety of spectacular scenery along the way, culminating in the lake itself, a frozen sliver of white immured between the cliffs of Mount Colden and Avalanche Mountain. On the return, you enjoy a half-mile descent from the pass on one of the few trails in the High Peaks designed for skiing.

A few weeks ago, I posted a video on Adirondack Almanack of my descent from Avalanche Pass. But I actually took several short videos that day, and now I’ve stitched them together to create an eight-minute movie. It features some of the highlights of the tour: Marcy Dam, the slide on Little Colden, the rock walls of the pass, the Trap Dike, and the lake itself. And, of course, the descent from the pass on my return (with the camera strapped to my chest).

I apologize for the crude production. I’m new to this happy medium.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

Reader Interactions


  1. Rich & Miok Salz says


    We really enjoyed the video. Having skied the route a few times, we thought it captured the beauty of Avalanche Lake and the excitement of the downhill glide. We’ll look for your future films at the Banff Film Festival.

    Good luck on your video career, but don’t stop writing.

    Rich Salz

    P.S. A few years ago my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting you and the Ski to Die gang on the summit of Marcy.

  2. Phil says

    Rich, thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I’m not ready to switch careers yet, though. I remember that day on Marcy. Blue skies, as I recall.

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