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February 2017 Archives

The snow may be melting in the Adirondacks, but sap is starting to drip from maple trees. If you visit the Adirondacks this weekend, you'll have a chance to experience some early maple sugaring season events and even more fun outdoor activities!

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Anyone who has visited the Adirondack Park knows just how special it is. From its majestic high peaks to the beautiful bodies of water, what's not to love about the Adirondacks? In fact, the region is so breathtaking that Lonely Planet included the Adirondacks in its Top 10 Best In The U.S. travel destinations for 2017!

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Photo Credit: Joe Head
Since 2007, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has sold special Trail Supporter patches to help raise funds for non-motorized trail maintenance and development throughout the state. This year, the DEC is set to release a newly redesigned patch starting Wednesday, March 1st.

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Photo Credit: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Back in May 2016, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), the NYS Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT), and Gov. Cuomo had all approved of a plan to remove 34 miles of historic railroad track to build a recreational rail-trail. Now, the future of the rail-trail is unknown due to multiple delays and issues that must be resolved.

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Editor's Note (2/23/2017): Due to the weather forecast for this weekend, the organizers of the Lake Placid Nordic Festival have decided to postpone the event until March 17 & 18, 2017.

Winter carnival season is dying down in the Adirondacks, and if you haven't attended one yet, this weekend is one of your last chances to. Find out where and when the winter carnivals will be taking place, as well as other great events going on this weekend in the Adirondacks.

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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
Biking is one of the most popular ways of exploring the beautiful landscapes and trails of the Adirondack Park, and this August, you'll have a chance to do so with all the comforts of a resort. That's right, Cycle Adirondacks is back for the third year in a row, and registration for this magical bike tour is open now.

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The proposal to transform the old Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson into the Gateway to the Adirondacks has risen in popularity over the past few weeks. To help the public understand what's in store for this $32M Upper Hudson Recreation Hub, New York State recently released the complete Master Plan!

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Photo Credit: Office of Gov. Cuomo (Artist Rendering of Upper Hudson Recreation Hub)
The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival starts this Friday, February 3 and runs through February 12, 2017!

You can visit the iconic Saranac Lake Ice Palace, shop for crafts, participate in contests, and more during the two weeks of the Winter Carnival. Whether you think you're the best curler in the Adirondacks or you're more into the open mic and karaoke evenings, there's something for everyone!

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One of the greatest aspects of the Adirondack Park is its numerous hiking and biking trails, which bring visitors to breathtaking landscapes and scenery. As a way to increase access even more, the Adirondacks will be included in an ambitious three-year, $200 million project to create the nation's largest multi-use trail here in New York State!

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Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo