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This Weekend in the Adirondacks

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John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

This will be an outstanding weekend for wintertime outdoor recreation.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Everywhere the region picked up at least 6 to 10 inches of new snow this week, and a few places more. Inlet picked up about a foot and half. Northville got 15 inches as did Paul Smiths. Northern Warren County got about a foot a new snow. Indian Lake and Lake Placid picked-up nine inches and Keene about seven. 

Lower elevations around the Adirondack Park now have about 12-16 inches of snow, with as much as two feet in Herkimer and Southern Hamilton counties.  In the High Peaks, the Lake Colden Interior Caretaker reports about three feet of snow at the stake and more at higher elevations. Snowshoes or skis are recommended everywhere and required in the High Peaks Wilderness.

All that new snow has elevated the potential for avalanches. If you are going to travel into avalanche terrain be sure to carry a shovel, probe, and transceiver, and know how to use them. If you are unsure, don’t go. Avalanches occur often in the Adirondacks and they can have deadly consequences.

All the region’s downhill ski areas will be open with nearly all of their terrain open.  Hickory Mountain in Warrensburg will be open again this weekend, and Big Tupper will be open.

All cross country areas are open, and conditions are very good everywhere and you’ll find excellent conditions at Paul Smiths, Garnet Hill, and Lapland Lake.

All popular back-country ski routes are skiable, although care will be necessary on the downhills, as some obstacles may be hidden but not completely covered. The hiking trail from Adirondac Loj to Marcy Dam is reported to be rough, but there are outstanding backcountry skiing opportunities in the Newcomb area and the Essex Chain Lakes. 

All the region’s snowmobiles trails are in good condition and groomers are out. Be aware that pent up demand will mean that lots of snowmobiles will be on the trails, so use caution. 

Also, skiers and snowshoers on roadways used by snowmobiles should keep to the sides of the trail to allow safe passage.

It’s going to be a great weekend out there, it’s time to enjoy all that snow, but be safe.

Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Explorer’s Adirondack Almanack, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.

 

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