One of the appealing parts of skating on newly formed black ice is that it makes a sci-fi laser sound as the skater glides over it. Ice skaters pay attention to the sound not only for its beauty but for practical reasons.
The trail system consists of nearly five miles of groomed trails and another mile-long spur trail that connects to the currently shuttered Big Tupper Ski Area. The system is a big upgrade from where it started in 2008 when the main focus was skiing the golf course, which is owned by the town and leased to the Tupper Lake Country Club from the spring to the fall.
In the winter, there are several pieces of footwear that will be necessary depending on the activity you are interested in as well as the conditions of the trail you want to explore.
The shuttles will operate 16 hours a day and pass every Route 73 trailhead once every half hour.
Beyond its historic intrigue, though, Newcomb’s Camp Santanoni serves a more utilitarian purpose around two winter holidays and one March weekend: hot chocolate and a woodstove.
Called the fall practicum, the 28-day journey is one of two major backcountry trips offered through North Country Community College’s wilderness recreation program. The other is a 10-day winter trip.
If you’re looking to explore Adirondack trails in the winter, it’s important to bring along essential gear for personal safety reasons.
During my hikes with my kids, I’ve urged them to look around and enjoy nature. We identify trees and admire bark patterns and observe how moss grows. We leave only footprints, take only pictures.
One of my go-to ski tours, especially early in the season, is the Hays Brook Truck Trail north of Paul Smiths. Although another ski tour begins across the road, I never bothered to check it out until last winter. Now I know what I was missing.
“I can’t go through another day like this past Saturday,” Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson said in October. “It’s beyond the capacity of a town of 1,100 to deal with. It’s just beyond our capacity.”
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising the public to avoid backcountry trails and summits throughout the Adirondack region for the duration of the weekend.
Land managers, researchers and stewards from the Adirondacks to Maine met this past weekend in Lake Placid for the 11th biennial Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering.