Brian Mann set off last weekend with Phil Brown from the Adirondack Explorer magazine to ski the "Mr. Van" trail.
It's a traditional route that connects two of the most popular destinations in the High Peaks, the Adirondack Loj and the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Ski Area.
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To get a taste of the sounds and the joy of the Mr. Van ski trail, click Listen above. But here are some additional impressions for folks who might think about making the trek.
The trail has been freshly cleared, making it once again a worthy outing, especially for folks who've hit most of the other routes in the High Peaks area.
The climb is gradual, and you avoid making steep descents through winding terrain.
In fact, most of your downhill will be on the professionally groomed trails at the ski area — a joy to ride after a long stretch of uphill.
On the other hand, if you're someone who likes glad skiing, and there's plenty of deep powder, I would suggest doing this route in reverse, climbing up to High Notch at the ski center, and descending to the Loj.
Just be sure there's enough snow and cold to fill in the many gullies and creeks. Otherwise, your descent will be a mess.
Also be extremely careful fording the creeks. Wet boots this time of year is a bad thing.
We got a late start and were up on the ridge just at sunset, watching the light slant in over the mountains. Absolutely stunning views through the pines.