Winter

Spring! Spring? Okay, so there's no need to hide the fact that this has been the year of the never-ending winter. Just when we get a little dose of spring-like weather, Mother Nature throws us a curve ball and douses us with a fresh covering of snow — or ice — or a sweet mix of sleet.  I'm ready to pull my hair out. I need a break. A getaway. A short 24-hour-ish refresh. No strenuous activities, no schedule. I know what to do.  In six easy steps I'm renewed, refreshed, and ready to return—not to work—to LP for my next vacation! 1. Hit the road! Leaving the Hudson Valley region of New... continue reading
 
What if you come to the Adirondacks for the great outdoors, and the weather isn't cooperating? You can discover our great indoors. It's equally Adirondack. Because the Adirondack way is: don't let the weather get in your way. Indoor/outdoor A visit to the Olympic Sports Complex has a lot of flexibility. From inside you'll be able to watch the sleds start. There's also a bus tour of the complex. Enjoy it in any weather. Another is the Olympic Center itself, home of the Herb Brooks area—and much more—like the Olympic Museum. I always suggest visitors start on the second floor (elevators... continue reading
 
I have walked, hiked, and exercised dogs over the years at Lake Placid's historic John Brown Farm. The hiking trails are beautiful, the views always stunning, and the skies dramatic. But who was the man? John Brown was born May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut. He decided that an armed insurgency of volunteers combined with a slave revolt was the only surefire way to end the convention of slavery in America. He was angered and frustrated by the slow, peaceful political means in which the abolitionist coalition moved. He made his name in Kansas where he led forces in what came to be known... continue reading
 
Thinking of taking a quick weekend getaway that’s full of active things to do? Lake Placid just might be the perfect place for you. Here’s the ultimate 36-hour itinerary in the Adirondacks for you active folks!    Ski Whiteface Get up bright and early on Saturday morning and head to the town of Lake Placid if you aren’t already staying there. Grab yourself a coffee (chai tea latte if you’re like me) from The Breakfast Club Etc. and continue on to Whiteface Mountain. I recommend getting there as early as possible and purchasing your tickets online ahead of time to avoid any lines. (... continue reading
 
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Skiing is wonderful. It's common to see small children happily taking turns down the slopes, and this can form the basis for a ski-loving companion to think "anyone can do it." But it's not for everyone. There are plenty of good reasons you might not want to join your downhill-loving clan at the moment. At the same time, you don't want to spoil anyone's fun. Wave farewell as they catch the shuttle bus to the mountain, and discover your own way to have fun in the snow. Here are some ideas. A different slope Nordic skiing is about skiing on the flat instead of a slope. You can choose from... continue reading
 
It’s the highest vertical drop in the east, and here I am, strapped to a board about to descend this mighty mountain. Okay — so I didn’t quite get that far up the mountain, but I can certainly say I’ve gone snowboarding at Whiteface.  Snow Boarding 101  1) Take pride in acting and looking like a Jerry. 2) Don’t think about what anyone else thinks of you because you’re there to have fun. 3) Try something new. If you’re like me, I definitely don’t have any of the top-of-the-line ski gear, you just have to rock what you have. Live and learn Be aware of the gaper gap! This is the gap... continue reading
 
Valentine's Day, when a person's thoughts turn to declarations of love. Part of the plan might be crafting an amazing, memorable, story-we'll-tell-together proposal scenario. If you are wanting to "pop the question," here are some four-season tips for planning that Perfect Day in Lake Placid. The style Traditionally, it's a man who proposes to a woman. But you don't have to fit that particular mold. The Adirondacks have always welcomed pioneers. While Valentine's Day is mid-February, and one would think it's a popular time to get engaged... you would be wrong. It's actually Christmas Eve... continue reading
 
These days, as we're getting closer to the Olympics, I can hardly watch a milk commercial without getting teary-eyed. You know the ones I mean? They feature letters from proud parents to the athletes about how they were "born" on skis, how they never gave up, how they endured endless nights at the rinks, and cold days at the mountain... Now, here they are — Olympic athletes. They have trained their whole lives for this. This moment in time, this event, this year. Now. People in cities, towns, and states all over the country will connect to these commercials. They speak of dreams coming... continue reading
 
The snow-covered pond is not yet frozen solid. The giant, snow-caked evergreens — worthy of The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan — here, stand unknown, strong and proud, they stand here for me. The trails at John Brown Farm are family and four-legged pal friendly. So I come here in any mood, whether I want to hike, meander, or stroll. The trails intersect at various points so it’s a bit of a make-your-own-hike, which I find really fun and adventurous. Togetherness In Nature Whatever the dynamic of your family, I find the roaming, winding, meandering trails at John Brown Farm to be... continue reading
 
Did you know, besides dozens of miles of hiking trails, the High Peaks also have designated backcountry ski trails? You’ll find an all-encompassing range of difficulty levels here, so be sure to know your ability level before heading out. Many of the five trails listed below are serious endeavors that should only be attempted by those with the proper skills and gear. Be prepared and be safe! 1. Heaven Hill and Henry’s Woods These trail complexes aren’t exactly backcountry, but they are a great place to test your skills before embarking on some of the other paths on this list. Heaven Hill... continue reading
 

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