Lake Placid Blog

It may not exactly look like deep winter, but spring is still a long way off and the soil in the gardens is pretty well frozen solid. I've got my seed catalogs out and I'm dreaming of fresh, local food. I'm thankful that my root cellar is still very full and keeping relatively well. But I wondered what else is to be found in the North Country on the "back side" of the farming calendar? This is a great time for locavores to rise to the challenge!Last March, Adirondack Harvest teamed with Cornell Cooperative Extension to bring "Food From the Farm: Eating Local in Clinton County" to... continue reading
I arrived quite early for the horn and string concert at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley and was pleased to catch the end of the rehearsal including the string number that had horn player, Ann Ellsworth, and her child doing a do-si-do in the middle aisle of the church. The event that was about to unfold was a program sponsored by a not-for-profit local arts support group, East Branch Friends of the Arts, featuring two soprano horn players, Ann Ellsworth and Rachel Drehmann, and the New York City-based string quartet Osso in an evening of virtuoso chamber... continue reading
This is a strange winter for sure. No snow to speak of in the lower elevations of the Northeast or actually most of the country. We have just enough cover to cross country ski on, but forget snowshoeing - you won't need them, which could be good or bad. Good if all you care about is hiking. Bad if you really wanted to try snowshoeing. Whether you have snowshoes or not doesn't matter as long as you can get where you want to go if you're just hiking (snowshoes are a hinderance IMHO). Crampons, micro-spikes or YakTraks seem to be enough for hiking in most area. However, there's enough snow for... continue reading
"Skijoring Slow, Horse Wants Real Action"January 16, 1931—Accustomed to the race track and finding his part in the wintersports of Lake Placid too dull, a horse from a local stable left his driver with skisuppermost, as is common in the sport of skijoring, and went on his own to resumerace training on the skating track at the Olympic stadium.After pacing around the track which surrounds the hockey box he found it a bit tooslippery for record time and fell to his haunches, sliding a distance of some thirtyfeet, really making speed this time.Lake Placid News Aurora Ramsay works in the Brewster... continue reading
Carl Heilman II is a man who likes to work and play in the snow. I realized this early on during a recent talk in Willsboro, NY, when he explained that he scaled his first High Peak on "a late day in January". That judgment was reinforced when I went to the Snow Shoeing section of his web site--itself quite definitive--which sports the challenge, "If You Can Walk, You Can Snowshoe!!"For those of you new to the Adirondacks and its sights and sounds, Carl Heilman II is and has been for several decades, a preeminent nature photographer in these parts. He's had three photography books published... continue reading
We aren't actually going on the bobsled, this time. My partner in crime does not meet the 48" height requirement and if heredity stays true, she won't be that tall for quite some time. We drop her brother at Mt Van Hoevenberg for a skate ski lesson and figure out how to entertain ourselves. I have a bum knee from a skiing mishap and she is hungry. A short distance away is the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience. We are fortunate because busloads of people are being dropped off. Though you do need a ticket to enter the building, we ask if we can just watch a few runs while enjoying some hot... continue reading
"Unique Lyting"January 10, 1930--Skaters at Lake Placid Club actually do see stars, or to be absolutely truthful, a star when they skate. Not by direct and sudden contact with the ice but by merely gazing at the luminous 5-pointed colord star frozen in ice 5 inches below the surface of the rink. There, gleaming and glowing, tiny colord bulbs mark this electrical achievment. This is the first time in history that electric lyt bulbs hav been frozen into ice. General Electric Co and Edison Lamp Works ar cooperating with the Club in producing here this winter new lyting features never before seen... continue reading
As Lake Placid ramps up for the Empire State Winter Games and a weekend of events both here in Lake Placid and in neighboring Saranac Lake, I thought you might like to have a sneak peek at what it takes to get our little alpine villages ready for a fun-filled winter weekend.Snow is falling steadily this morning on top of the up to 6 inches we received the night before last and yesterday in and around Lake Placid. Our dedicated and experienced experts on "spiffing" up the town are busy today clearing streets, sidewalks, skating rinks and the toboggan chute, building an ice palace, setting up... continue reading
The evening began well, driving through snow to Lake Placid. In a winter where snow has been scarce, it was a pleasure to take it slow and watch the white dust softly blanket the roadside. My destination was the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, hereafter referred to as the LPCA. I was hoping to catch the Banff Film Festival and check out the Social Faceworking art exhibit all in one shot. Since I had not reserved in advance, how madcap of me, I had to wait until showtime to see if they'd be a seat left for me and the handful of other risk-takers who'd also gambled their way to the... continue reading
It's true, we've had to apply our Adirondack ingenuity and creativity to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities in reaction to the variety pack of weather that we've been experiencing.In spite of the general lack of deep snow, the word of the week, in a positive sense seems to be "ice". For instance, it has been a stellar ice climbing season, and nordic ice skaters have been reporting terrific conditions. And, we're looking forward to a long-running ice-related event with great anticipation and optimism!The 115th Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which is coming up soon from February 3-12.... continue reading


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