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What's New In the Adirondacks

Are you planning on exploring the Adirondacks during this week's February Break? Although recent snowfalls have made backcountry trails prime for snowshoeing and skiing, the fluctuating temperatures have also increased the risk of avalanches in the High Peaks Region.

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Have the 46 High Peaks become too crowded? That's a question many environmental advocates have asked in response to the significant rise in the number of hikers recently.

In addition to more hiking incidents, such as winter rescues, increased activity endangers natural resources. As we prepare for another busy summer season where even more hikers are expected to hike the high peaks, some feel it is time to update the region's management plan.

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Photo Credit: Jacob Geer
Presidents' Day is this coming Monday, and if you haven't gone on a winter vacation in the Adirondacks, now is one of the best times to do so. Winter carnivals are taking place throughout the region, and there are plenty of activities that kids and adults will enjoy. Check out these 13 great events and have fun this Presidents' Day weekend in the Adirondacks: February 17 - 20.

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Grab your pole, your gear, and some friends this weekend and head out to your favorite fishing spot - it's New York State's first free fishing weekend of 2017! On February 18 & 19, all New York State residents and non-residents can fish without a fishing license.

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President's Day is coming up, and next week, many schools will be closed for a mid-winter recess. Looking for a fun and free activity you and your kids can enjoy? Participate in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a worldwide survey of birds: February 17-20, 2017.

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Located just outside the Blue Line, Plattsburgh International Airport is one of the main northern access points for people interested in visiting the Adirondacks from far away. To help upgrade the airport's facilities and create jobs, New York State will kick-start a $43 million revitalization project.

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Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo
The Adirondacks have a lot to offer: hiking, skiing, spectacular wildlife, and some of the best resorts and restaurants in the northeast. Two cafes and a distillery are adding to the attractions in 2017. 

Sugar Shack in Lake Placid is now under new ownership, Port Henry welcomes the brand new Cake Shop and Cafe, and WhistlePig Rye Whiskey moves forward with plans for a storage and aging facility in Mineville. 

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The Village of Saranac Lake is becoming the place to be during the winter season. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is recognized as one of the top winter events in the Adirondacks each year, and later this February, the village will host the 2017 WSSF World Snowshoe Championships.

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Photo: A Snowshoe Race at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park
If there's one word to describe the current winter season, it's "unpredictable." Temperatures have fluctuated between above freezing one week to single digits the next, and rainy days have been very common. Even worse, this warm weather has created dangerously thin ice on lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks, making snowmobile & ice safety of the utmost importance this time of year.

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Photo Credit: Luke Dow Photography
Valentine's Day is next week, but have you made plans for this weekend? Take a trip to the Adirondacks and enjoy some pre-Valentine's Day carnivals and activities happening all weekend long: February 10-12.

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Photo Credit: Kurt Gardner Photography