The northern Adirondacks were hit with more snow the past few days, continuing what has been a snowy March. The fairly deep snowpack means that skiing is great in many places in the northern Adirondacks right now. The Jackrabbit Trail is in great condition and all the crosscountry centers should be in good shape. The one thing skiers should be aware of that some steep, open slopes may be avalanche prone right now, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington. You can read a story about that by following the link below. Read more Avalanche warning issued for Adirondacks >>More
The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued an avalanche warning for the Adirondacks as a result of recent weather patterns. “Recent heavy snowfall combined with previous warm ups have created the potential for avalanches in the exposed backcountry of the Green Mountains in Vermont and the Adirondacks in northern New York,” according to National Weather Service statement. “Several small avalanches have already been reported.” The High Peaks region has received one to two feet this past week. The weather service warned that “steep, open slopes will have the highest potential avalanche risk.” State Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Dave >>More
Old Mountain Road in the Sentinel Range Wilderness is known as a popular section of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail during the winter months. But since 2003, it has also been the center of a controversy over whether it’s also legally a town road. Most recently, a state court ruled that the ski trail has retained its status as a town road because it was never legally abandoned. That ruling took place on March 1. The next day, with snow falling, Explorer Editor Phil Brown and I visited the road to shoot some photos and a video to give readers an >>More
Recent warm weather and rains have significantly depleted the snowpack throughout the Adirondacks recently. Many trails have been left with a ribbon of hard-packed snow and/or ice. Of course, that wasn’t the case earlier this winter when we had a pretty consistent snowpack due to a long spell of cold weather. Here’s a ski video from Dewey Mountain from that time period in January, when the skiing was good … Hopefully, better conditions will return in March.
The winter of 2015-2016 was a difficult one for the Mount Van Hoevenberg cross-country-ski center. Warm weather and rains forced the venue to close in February, ending a season that lasted a mere thirty-seven days. Mount Van Hoevenberg manager Kris Cheney-Seymour said the short ski season inspired the center to find a way to stay open longer in warm winters. By the following winter, Van Ho had installed a snowmaking system known as the Snow Factory, which is made by TechnoAlpin, the company that provides snowmaking equipment at the state’s downhill resorts. The result: it stayed open 137 days last >>More
Part of a press conference about the search effort for skier Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, who went missing at Whiteface Mountain on Feb. 7 and was located in Sacramento, California, on February 13. Speaking at the press conference are state police Major John Tibbitts and forest ranger Captain John Streiff on Wednesday, February 14, in Ray Brook.
The skier who was the subject of a large-scale search at Whiteface Mountain was located alive and well in Sacramento, California, on Tuesday, February 13, according to state police. Filippidis went missing on Wednesday, February 7. Forest Ranger David Russell told the Explorer that Filippidis was last seen at mid-station lodge area by his friends. Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, made contact with local authorities there, ending a multi-agency search that included forest rangers, state police and other state and federal agencies. Read full story here
The Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake re-opened in January after being closed for renovations for the past several years. Built in 1927, Hotel Saranac had fallen into disrepair under the previous owners, the Arora family, and out of favor of both locals and visitors. The family bought the hotel from Paul Smith’s College in 2007. Roedel Companies of New Hampshire purchased it for $1.4 million in December 2013. The company spent $35 million on the renovations and a two-story parking garage. “One of the goals was to take it back to 1927 and what it looked like then,” Hotel Saranac >>More
Construction of the ice palace for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival started on Wednesday, as volunteer crews took advantage of the chilly weather. Above are photos from Friday, January 26.