The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival and Lake George Winter Carnival start this weekend, and there’s more news to know, with expanded recreational opportunities in the Park and more!
Winter Carnivals, Winter Games & More Fun Events
Here’s what we have to look forward to:
- Empire State Winter Games: February 3 – 6
- Ghosts of Old Forge – Paranormal Investigation Talk: February 4
- Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: February 4 – 13
- The Northern Challenge Fishing Derby in Tupper Lake: February 5
- Guided Cross-Country Ski – Cat & Thomas Mountains: February 5
- Winter Tree ID at the AIC: February 5
- Lake George Winter Carnival Weekend 1: February 5 & 6
- Bob Mayer & The Adirondack Jazz Quartet at Tannery Pond Center: February 6
- The Can/Am Lake Placid Adult Pond Hockey Tournament: February 10 – 13
- Lake George Winterfest: through March 11
News Around the Park With Ski Bowl Updates & More
Big Plans Announced for New North Creek Ski Bowl Lodge
The North Creek Ski Bowl will be home to a $30 million, year-round lodge as soon as the fall of 2023, according to the Sun Community News. This new 18,300-square foot lodge will include an all-season rail zipline (this is what will really set it apart from other ski areas), a restaurant/tavern, ski and mountain biking equipment shops, ski patrol headquarters, and two levels of patios. This massive undertaking is expected to significantly boost tourism in the North Creek region.
Adirondack Artists Guild Gets In On Totally 80s Theme for Winter Carnival & Beyond
Coinciding with the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival’s Totally 80s theme this year, Adirondack Artists Guild will feature an Art of Eighties exhibit, showcasing members’ artworks that were created in the 1980s. Some of the artists were already established at this point, but not all – one was still in high school, so it should be a varied collection!
The show opens Friday, February 4, and will remain on display through March 11 (there is no opening reception); the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival runs February 4 to 13.
Two Skiers Create Crowd-Sourcing Website for Avalanche & Snowpack Observations
The Adirondacks has largely relied on word of mouth when it comes to current data regarding avalanche and snowpack, until now. Two skiers have created a site where users can submit their experiences or observations at adkavy.org.
Adirondack Explorer reports that Nate Trachte and Caitlin Kelly hope the site will provide info that can be used by guides, avalanche course instructors, forest rangers, and others who travel through Adirondack backcountry in the winter.
New Recreational Opportunities Announced for St. Lawrence County
The DEC has announced an amendment to the Kildare Conservation Easement and the Five Mile Conservation Easement Recreation Plans, which include new opportunities for public access in the Park.
“DEC is excited to announce that planning is underway to provide the recreating public with access to the 12,200-acre Kildare Tract Conservation Easement,” Region 6 Director Randall Young said in a statement.
A half-mile connector road between the Kildare and Five Mile properties will open up 16.1 miles of existing roads for public motor vehicle use, and the entire tract will be more accessible for non-motorized access and activities like hiking and hunting. The project is expected to take several field seasons to complete.