Lake Placid Blog

Finally we have snow and plenty of it.  Though Whiteface has been making it on the mountain this whole season, it is a nice treat to be getting this late dumping of fresh snow. So for those that will be at Whiteface this weekend, February 24th will be the start of the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) Alpine J1 and J2 State Championship and I will be there to help. If you're skiing at Whiteface drop by the start house and watch these talented racers give it their all. There will a Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom. This is just one of many events that NYSEF hosts at... continue reading
  "Mountain Names"    By Marjorie PorterAugust 17, 1945--Origin of some of the names of the principal peaks of the Adirondacks as ascertained from an authority, is of interest. It is a matter of regret that the old Indian names of these mountains were not retained for they, almost without exception, convey some idea or association peculiar to the locality to which they relate. What could be more appropriate than Mt. Seward's original name Ou-Kar-lah, the Great Eye; McIntyre, Henoga, Home of Thunder; Mt.Colden, Ounowarlah, Scalp Mountain; Whiteface, Thei-o-no-guen, White Head; Indian Pass,... continue reading
We are not a family that does just one sport so if we aren't downhill skiing, we are snowshoeing, ice skating or cross-country skiing. Just as much as we relish our outside snow sports, we like to have inside winter options as well. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is a next mixture of both. Each weekend through March 25, the Wild Center will host free workshops and family art and nature days (with price of admission). The Saturday seminars' goal (1:00 p.m.) is to nurture skills like reducing our carbon footprint or improve wildlife identification. The Sunday programs (noon – 2:00 p.m.)... continue reading
"Ski Soldiers Have Anti-Tank, Machine Guns Here With Them"January 10, 1941—A new contingent of 26th U.S. Infantry ski troops started training at Placid this week and may be seen in action on the slopes and trails each day under Rolf Monsen, instructor. This week's soldier group has been augmented by a special detachment, all of which are completely equipped with combat equipment, consisting of packs, rifles, side arms, machine and anti-tank guns for actual winter war maneuvers under snow conditions.    Machine guns will be mounted on dog-sleds and toboggans and will be drawn into battle... continue reading
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


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