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January 2017 Archives

February has finally arrived, which means the long wait is over - winter carnival season is kicking off in the Adirondacks! Learn more about the carnivals going on this weekend, and don't miss out on the other exciting events happening throughout the Adirondacks: February 3-5.

Photo: 2012 Ice Palace at Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, by Donna Lichti
The debate over the future classification of the Boreas Ponds Tract has been one of the most significant in recent years, with various groups advocating for full access, no access, or some access. Although official public hearings have ended, a few Adirondack media outlets will host a public forum to discuss what the future holds for this controversial tract.

The much-awaited 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace will be "breaking ice" on Jan 27! 

Construction was scheduled to begin as early as January 19, but the Ice Palace Workers had to delay until conditions were right to harvest the ice from Lake Flower, transport to shore, and begin assembling the palace according to blueprints. 

Ice Palace Workers building the 2016 Saranac Lake Ice Palace

On Monday, January 23, 2017 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new $20 million project to create state-of-the-art skiing, lodging, dining, and year-round activities at Gore and Whiteface Mountains.

According to a press release, the investments are intended to both enhance current facilities and create new opportunities to further develop on- and off-season tourism. 


Skiers and snowboarders take the lift at Gore Mountain.

In the summer of 1973, the largest manhunt in New York State at the time took place in the Adirondacks for serial killer Robert Garrow. After 12 days of fear, the manhunt ended and Garrow was captured alive. Adirondack Films aims to produce a true account of Garrow's life, and Act 1 of the movie will be shown on January 28th.

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Planning on a winter weekend getaway to the Adirondacks? If you need to add a few fun events to your itinerary, then look no further! From pond hockey tournaments to ice fishing competitions, there are many events to watch or participate in happening this weekend in the Adirondacks!

Photo provided by Adirondack Ice Bowl
For over four decades, the Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson was an entertainment hotspot in the Adirondacks. However, ever since it shut down in 1998, the region has struggled economically. To revitalize this community, there is a $32 million project to transform the old theme park into a recreational hub - the Gateway to the Adirondacks!

From an endless number of trails to great ski & snowboard sites, what's not to love about winter in the Adirondacks? Whether you want to enjoy the snow or spend time indoors, there's something for you to do in the region. This weekend, check out one of these 9 fun events & activities happening in the Adirondacks!

2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Buttons and tickets to the Grand Marshal Reception and Royalty Dinner are now available to the public!

The 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place February 3-12. Buttons may be purchased for $4 at area businesses, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, or by mail (details below). 


Summer is still many months away, but it's never too early to help your kids sign up for an exciting Adirondack summer camp! Online registration for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) week-long summer camps opens January 25th, 2017.

Photo Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Great Camp Santanoni is open to visitors year-round, and during winter, it's the perfect place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. If you're interested in planning a trip to the historic site, don't miss out on this season's free Winter Weekends at Camp Santanoni!

The winter season is in full swing in the Adirondacks! Looking for things to do during Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend? You don't want to miss out on the exciting winter festivals, family-friendly activities, and more going on in the Adirondacks: January 13-16!

Photo provided by Gore Mountain
2017 has finally arrived, which means it's time to stick to your resolutions and have fun. Instead of staying at home this weekend, head out into the Adirondacks and check out what's happening in the region!