I shoveled my driveway four times in twenty-four hours, and I am a happy man. If you’re a backcountry skier, you understand.
Saranac Lake got more than a foot of snow in this week’s storm—enough, I imagine, to render skiable most of the backcountry trails in the area. Yesterday, my son and some friends skied a part of the Jackrabbit Trail west of Lake Placid, which includes a mile-long downhill, and found the trail in great shape.
Before work today, I climbed most of the way up a small mountain and skied down through the woods. The conditions were superb, with powder bunching up to my knees during the descent.
I shot the video below with a point-and-shoot camera strapped to my chest. I apologize for the abrupt ending. Not sure why the camera turned off.
Be aware that conditions can vary throughout the Adirondack Park. The photographer Carl Heilman II told me he got about ten inches in Brant Lake, but because there was no base before this storm, he thinks skiing in his area could be dicey.
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