Lake Placid Blog

It's been a strange winter weather-wise. Mother Nature has been toying with us here in the Adirondacks for some time now--spring-like weather one day, blinding snow the next. Then back to spring again.Last August brought a storm unlike any other that Adirondackers had witnessed. Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay was a victim of the wrath of Hurricane Irene. But after a fall full of fund-raising and labor, the library was reopened in January.Today, it's hard to believe that it was ever closed, let alone filled with three feet of water spewing through the main floor.I even overheard some... continue reading
 
One moment if feels like spring is on the way and the next we get 2" of fresh snow in the Adirondacks around Whiteface and the Olympic village of Lake Placid. My family is now in the midst of biathlon and skate skiing. Though we still get out on the trails with our microspikes, snowshoes and XC skies, it's the skate skiing that has taken this family by storm.I drop my son off for his weekly skate ski lesson and poke around to see what else we can do while he fine-tunes his biathlon skills. The Lodge is warm and comfortable with a TV highlighting the news while a few people cozy up in front of... continue reading
 
"Skating on Water"February 7, 1917—Ask the average man or boy, "Why is such glorious freedom of movement possible on ice and nothing else?" and the chances are ten to one that you will get the answer "Because the ice is so smooth."But is that the reason? Dr. Joly, in a lecture before the Royal Dublin society, pointed out that polished glass is much smoother than roughened ice, whereas on the glass it would be impossible. He proved by interesting experiments that we must seek further for an explanation. His solution, arrived at only after the most careful investigation, is that we owe the... continue reading
 
After a slow start to the ski season, our late February snowstorm was a glistening offering of beautiful powder. After all, spring has been fast approaching and an increasingly filled-in calendar makes all skiers furrow their brows in worry about how many more skis they will have before all the snow is melted.My Labrador retriever, Wren, and I lost no time in enjoying the new-found winter playground. While the snow was still falling and blowing we headed out to the Jackrabbit Trail - a favorite among local cross country skiers. We found that others had the same idea and a few folks had kicked... continue reading
 
Here in the Adirondacks, whether your children are involved in sports or music, it means driving and lots of it. During the fall, my son plays soccer, which means we could travel anywhere from Lake Placid to Wells—a span of some 100 miles. The rest of the year he is devoted to music and drama. Recently, that passion has had us skating to and fro across the Adirondack Park.Two weeks ago, the High School All-County Music Festival took place in Ticonderoga. For those of you unfamiliar with the school music scene, All-County involves top music students from about 12 schools (in this case, high... continue reading
 
As of yesterday, there is snow in my backyard. More importantly, there is snow in the backyards in all the towns south of here to Albany and beyond. Ski conditions at Whiteface Mountain have been great all season. We know this, and this winter's visitors know this. However, the general lack of snow in the Northeast this winter hasn't helped create top-of-mind awareness of skiing outside of the Adirondacks.  Since I live on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain, I know just how that perspective can change when your backyard suddenly looks like this: Spring... continue reading
 
The ski season may have started out slow but we are now fired up for even more chances to get to Whiteface and put our gear to the test. Though I am not the strongest skier in the family, I can make it down. It just may not look pretty. My children still wait patiently for me at the end of each run. Soon they will be off with their friends so I am grateful for the time I have.Mother Nature has been keeping us on our toes so we want to make sure we are out on the trails enjoying the new snow. She is finicky so we will take advantage of Whiteface having 8 lifts and 82 trails open.The view at... continue reading
 
"Ice Fishing Season Now in Full Swing" February 21, 1929—The fishing shanties which now colonize the shores of Lake Champlain on each side in small or large groups, make a curious spectacle for travelers and indicate a prosperous winter industry for localities where they appear in say number. The toothsome ice fish, or fresh water smelt, are taking the bait of hundreds of fisherman, housed in these rude shelters for many hours each day, and it is reported that at least a thousand pounds a day are being caught and shipped to city markets. Dealers buy them in quantity from the fishermen and... continue reading
 
Growing up in Lake Placid during the 50's and 60's carried with it some rather weighty obligations in terms of winter sports. Practically everyone learned to ski and figure skate and play hockey at a very early age. For me, I think learning to ski came at about the same time I learned to walk. Later, we'd trudge through the woods from our house to Fawn Ridge Ski Center, about 1/2 a mile away, awkwardly carrying our skis, me dropping them frequently, bringing a five-year-old's tears with it and big brothers scooping me up and keeping me going (if I didn't get there, neither would they!).... continue reading
 
One of my favorite places in the Adirondacks is The Old Mill Bed and Breakfast and Art Studio in Elizabethtown. I first saw The Mill about 16 years ago when I joined our regional bed and breakfast association and met Mill owners Bruce and Beki Pushee. I have been in love with their home (which is in the bed and breakfast) and the outbuilding Mill Art Studio ever since. I have performed live theatre in The Mill, been to art exhibits there, benefits, concerts, and other events in this gorgeous and inspiring space. In fact, I had just finished a performance of Agnes of God under its roof when... continue reading
 

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