Cross Country Skiing

Guest blogger, Amy Cheney-Seymour, explains how she came to be registered for the upcoming Lake Placid Loppet. (The Lake Placid Loppet is a family-friendly Nordic ski race held during an annual Festival at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.) ** 2/22/17 Editor's note: Due to the expected inclement weather, the Loppet originally scheduled for Saturday, February 25 has been postponed until March 18, 2017.** The Lake Placid Loppet It was a promise. A pact. A bet, really, between me and a slippery little carp — or so I thought... On a stunning August morning, early rays skimming hues of orange on the water... continue reading
 
Conquering the Firsts… It’s the first significant snow of the year, first weekend that Mt. Van Hoevenberg is open for the season, first time I have ever skied alone.  I woke up this morning to the magical text: 6" Sweet.  That simple text is what we've all been waiting for — it's the first significant snowfall of the year. We have permission to hit the slope/track/trail of choice for an hour or so prior to hitting the office. Our mission: check out the conditions, take pictures, report back. One of the advantages to working in a beautiful mountain town. Where to go?  I chose Mt. Van... continue reading
 
The Adirondacks are an outstanding ski destination with numerous downhill and Nordic centers to choose from, but for those who prefer skiing on trails, the region has a bunch of that as well. You can accelerate to ridiculous speeds on the biggest drop in the east at​ Whiteface Mountain or spend a day kicking and gliding on the trails at the Cascade Ski Center. With the creation and widening of the slides on the peaks, and the dozens of hidden glades, backcountry skiing is another story altogether. With more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails in the Adirondacks, opportunities for trail skiing... continue reading
 
Replacing My Old Skis After taking a spill earlier this ski season using skinny, in-track skis on soft trail snow, I decided I needed to upgrade my trail skis for something different. My old Karhus were woefully shot, which was why I was using the skinny skis in the first place. And so, a few weeks ago, I started looking around at area ski retailers and online to determine what I wanted to purchase. I already knew I liked the concept behind the design of the Fischer off-track series of skis, but I wanted to check out everything to help make a more informed choice. After a few phone calls... continue reading
 
Winter in Lake Placid is always a festive time of year. With snow blanketing the countryside and the festive atmosphere in the village, you'll want to make sure you immerse yourself in all the area has to offer, including some of our best events of the year. Lake Placid is even creating a winter "Fun Zone" downtown during President's Week. Winter Games From February 4th through the 7th, make it a point to attend some of our Empire State Winter Games competitions. The Games are now in their 36th year. With 27 different events, there's a winter sport sure to pique your interest over the... continue reading
 
As a newcomer to the Adirondacks, I'm getting ready to spend my first snow season in the mountains. I was anxious to learn what I would need to help me become a veteran of winter sports, where to begin? Having limited skiing experience in the past, I know I will need equipment…but what? How much should I spend? Where do I go if I break something? What do I need besides skis or a snowboard? Luckily, we have tons of experts right in the area to help. Whether you’re a beginner – like me – or a seasoned pro, these six shops offer the equipment, knowledge and service you’ll need to help you get... continue reading
 
New: Heaven Hill Trails  My 6-year-old, Oliver, and I decided to check out the new Heaven Hill Trails, and we are hooked. They are now on our weekly-outing list. Close to town with a variety of lengths to choose from, these relatively flat paths are an awesome addition to all the family-friendly activities Lake Placid has to offer! Choose your own adventure I think one of my favorite things about the Adirondacks' newest trail system is the variety of options. There are three main loops and all of the paths are relatively flat and accessible. The Big Field Loop is 0.9 mile long and... continue reading
 
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Now, I’ve been skiing both downhill and cross-country since I was a little kid. My dad was an avid skier, and he had my sister and I on skis almost as soon as we could walk. So I have been operating under the assumption that I possess enough muscle memory and coordination to successfully achieve any cross-country skiing challenge.  I was wrong.   Backstage pass It all started with a simple introduction to a new style of Nordic skiing.  I’ll admit that my job does give me the opportunity to access what I’ll call the “Adirondack backstage.” I sometimes have unique opportunities to visit... continue reading
 
Skinny skis rule! Grab your skinny skis and your outdoor gear and be prepared to have a lot of fun and learn some new things at this year’s inaugural Lake Placid Nordic Festival. From races, clinics, and workshops to intro to biathlon and nighttime ski tours, there’s something going on all day and into the evenings for three full days: February 27 through March 1, 2015. Even if you’ve never tried nordic skiing, this is the perfect time to get out there and learn traditional or skate skiing, ski-joring with your dog or attend a biathlon clinic. The inaugural edition of the Lake Placid... continue reading
 
If you're a winter outdoor recreationist you're in for a great January in Lake Placid! We've got some awesome events spread out through the month, all but one taking place outdoors.  Extreme outdoor films will blow you away The one event exception that's not taking place in an outdoor venue is the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which is ABOUT the great outdoors, but obviously takes place in a theater. The Lake Placid Center for the Arts plays host to the annual festival celebrating the extremists of outdoor sports around the world. After viewing the clips on the BMFF website, I for one won't... continue reading
 

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