Get ready to wrap up the end of winter in the Adirondacks! The Ticonderoga End of Winter Carnival is this weekend, and check out what else is going on with skiing at Gore Mountain, snowmobiling in the Park, and more.
Editor’s note 03/04/22, 12:45pm: The AIC snowshoe hike listed below has been rescheduled from Sunday to Saturday.
Check Out Upcoming Events & Make Plans for the Weekend
Here’s what’s going on:
- Ticonderoga End of Winter Carnival: March 4 – 6
- Cardboard Sled Race at Oak Mountain: March 5
- Seed Exchange at AIC: March 5
- Showing of Dune at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall: March 5
- Saratoga Chamber Players at the Tannery Pond Center: March 5
- Schroon Lake Ice Fishing Derby: March 5 & 6
- Arbutus Lake Guided Snowshoe Hike: March 6
- Lake George Winterfest: through March 11
News With Gore & More Around the Park
Gore Mountain Sees Uptick in Guests, Gets Major Improvements & Hosts More Events
According to the Glens Falls Business Journal, Gore Mountain hosted 217,000 guests over the 2020/2021 season, up from 189,000 in 2019/2020. They’ve welcomed 101,000 guests as of January 31, 2022, for the 2021/2022 season, but of course that’s not yet counting February or this month.
Also, Gore had around $3.5 million worth of capital improvements completed over last summer and fall, like trail improvements and new grooming machines, and more plans are on the horizon.
In addition, they’ve been busy in recent months hosting major athletic events, including the Holeshot Cross Tour and USASA Futures Tour held last month for the top junior freestyle skiers and snowboarders in the country. Again, plans are in place to bring even more of these events to the ski resort.
Out-of-State Snowmobilers Can Snowmobile for Free Over 2 Weekends
Adirondack Almanack reports that free snowmobiling will be offered for out-of-state snowmobilers on March 5 & 6 and 12 & 13.
The requirement to be registered in New York is waived, and provided you’re insured and validly registered in your home state (or Canada), you are welcome to explore the 10,000+ miles of snowmobiling trails in the state. If you’re new to snowmobiling in the Adirondacks, follow the link below for trails and club information:
Could Wolves Return to the ADK? Maybe
We’ve discussed the possible reintroduction of cougars in the Adirondack Park, but what about wolves? Adirondack Life Magazine dove into this topic recently, explaining that wolves are now thriving in some states out west, and could make a return to the Park; wolves have largely disappeared from the Adirondacks since the early 1900s.
The possibility of the DEC initiating a reintroduction of the animal is currently “off the table,” although it is possible wolves could make it out here on their own. Check out the link at the sources listed below to read the full article and interview with a DEC wildlife biologist.
North Country Author Co-Writes Book on Educational Strategies
Potsdam-based author Don Mesibov co-wrote the not-yet-released book Helping Students Take Control of Their Own Learning: 279 Learner-Centered, Social-Emotional Strategies for Teachers with educator/former principal Dan Drmacich. Appropriate for new and experienced teachers of all grades and subjects, the book dives into how to give students the tools they need to gain ownership of their education and independence.
“Research has shown that kids who experience this type of education stay in college longer and, once they leave school, are more active and effective, and experience greater career satisfaction,” Drmacich said in a statement.
“It’s very difficult for teachers to take the risk of trying different things when they’re already being patted on the back for teaching the way they’ve always taught,” Mesibov adds in the statement. “We need administrators willing to support teachers, to tell them they want them to try new things.”
If you have a teacher in your life who you think would find Helping Students interesting, the book will be released on June 16, and is available for pre-order now at routledge.com and through major booksellers.