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Ice out is quickly approaching in the Adirondacks, which means it's time to guess when the ice will be off of Schroon Lake again. The Schroon Lion's Club hosts an ice-out contest each year, where entrants guess the date and time that the ice will melt on the lake.

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.

Photo: A Snowshoe Race at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park
The Village of Lake Placid is renowned for its Olympic facilities, particularly its historic ice rinks. Next year, U.S. Figure Skating will bring Skate America to Lake Placid's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena for three days of world-class competition!

Photo courtesy of www.lakeplacid.com
Lake Placid has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Authentic Ski Towns - not just in the US, but in all of North America! See where we ranked and who we beat out.

Since its inaugural race in 1999, Lake Placid has hosted the annual IRONMAN Lake Placid. Although the grueling triathlon isn't for everyone, a different IRONMAN will be coming to Lake Placid starting next year. Known as IRONMAN 70.3, Lake Placid will host the Half IRONMAN for the first time on September 10, 2017!

In March, the New York State Department of Health issued a don't eat fish advisory for the Hudson River. 

As summer is fast approaching, many may be ready to grab the fishing gear and head out - but if you're planning on eating what you catch, check out the advisory guidelines first.

The Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan (UMP) has been in the works for nearly a year, and has attracted both positive and negative attention throughout that time. In a statement last month, Governor Cuomo officially announced that the plan has been approved, and as expected, the reactions were mixed.

Photo credit: Carl Heilman II
For all you hunters out there, you know that when spring comes, so too does turkey season. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced this year's turkey season will begin on May 1st and continue until the end of the month. They are also predicting it will be a more prosperous one than in years' past.

The central Adirondacks will be welcoming mountain bikers on about 9 miles of existing logging roads in the Essex Chain tract in Newcomb. A broader alternative that would have opened far more of the Adirondacks to bicycles was rejected.

Hunting seasons have opened for several different species of small and big game in New York State. The Adirondacks provide many opportunities to hunt and trap all kinds of different animals: Deer, bear, beavers, rabbits, coyote, upland game birds, waterfowl, and more.

Hunting and trapping are important for managing herd populations around the state. The sale of licenses, equipment, accessories and guide services also brings tens of millions of dollars to state and local economies each year, according to the NYS DEC.