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The training trail at Gatineau Park.
The training trail at Gatineau Park.

Gatineau Hosts 40th Ski Marathon

Two to three thousand cross-country skiers gather later this month for the 40th annual Canadian Ski Marathon in Gatineau, Quebec. The scenic 160 kilometers - that's nearly 100 miles - are divided into 10 self-serve "smorgasbord" stages of varying difficulty. It's a non-profit event - not exactly a race. Skiers stop when they want. It all starts Saturday morning, February 11th in Gatineau and ends Sunday the 12th in Lachute. The deadline to register in Feb. 3. It's a family weekend: individuals or teams, young or old, novice or expert -- all are welcome. Lucy Martin found some skiers-in-training in Gatineau Park.  Go to full article
Snowmobilers on Racquette Lake
Snowmobilers on Racquette Lake

Pulling Another Vehicle Out of Racquette Lake

Unseasonably warm weather has made lake ice thinner than normal. The state has issued warnings across the region to snowmobilers and other vehicles should exercise extreme caution on the ice. There have been multiple reports of snowmobiles breaking through the ice.

On Friday, Dean Pohl, of Racquette Lake was heading out ice fishing with his daughter - they went through the ice. They escaped without injury, but the truck remained there all weekend. Yesterday afternoon the truck was excavated from the lake. Gregory Warner spoke with DEC officer Casey Kelly, who help supervise the excavation. It's not the first time he's had to do this, though he said this one had a particularly festive atmosphere.  Go to full article
The snowy boardwalk stretches through Silver Lake Bog.
The snowy boardwalk stretches through Silver Lake Bog.

A Winter Walk Through an Adirondack Bog

The unseasonably warm weather lately has canceled many outdoor festivities this month that celebrate snow and ice. But it's been a boon to those who enjoy the chance to hike a favorite trail. This is the quiet season. Where the ground is white you notice everything else in detail: the bark and twigs of trees, birds and exposed rocks. The best part is discovering the tracks and movement patterns of animals through the snow. Last Friday, Todd Moe bundled up and hit the trail with outdoors writer and author Dennis Aprill. He's written a book, Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond, and Todd met him for a quick walk through the woods at Silver Lake Bog. it's tucked away in southwestern Clinton County near Duncan Mountain and Union Falls. The path is on a suspended boardwalk owned by the Nature Conservancy. It's a favorite non-winter destination for many and Dennis was eager to tour the area after a fresh, light blanket of snow.  Go to full article

Thin Ice Treacherous for Snowmobile Riders

Officials in northern New York, Vermont, and Ontario are urging snowmobile riders to stay off of frozen lakes and rivers. A warmer-than-usual January combined with several rainstorms have left patchy ice conditions in many areas. Two deaths have been reported in Ontario over the last week after sleds went through the ice. In the north country, two men are in critical condition following break-throughs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Coach Tim Nardiello
Lake Placid Coach Tim Nardiello

USOC Bars Nardiello From Olympics, Blasts Lake Placid Sled Group

The US Olympic Committee says Lake Placid skeleton coach Tim Nardiello won't be allowed to coach the American sled team at next month's Winter Games in Turin, Italy. The decision effectively reversed the ruling of an independent arbitrator, who had ruled that sexual harassment charges against Nardiello were unsubstantiated. As Brian Mann reports, Olympic officials were also harshly critical of the Lake Placid based US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation  Go to full article
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown
Adk Explorer Editor Phil Brown

Article Examines "Big 4" Adk Green Groups

In the latest issue of the Adirondack Explorer, editor Phil Brown profiles the "big four" environmental groups that operate inside the Park. Brown compares the history and the agendas of the Adirondack Council, the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Brown spoke with Brian Mann about the ways that green groups collaborate on environmental issues and the feuds that sometime make cooperation difficult.  Go to full article

Nardiello Decision Expected, Federation Replaces Exec Director

An arbitrator could decide as early as today whether Lake Placid coach Tim Nardiello should return to the US Olympic skeleton team. Meanwhile, the Lake Placid-based sled Federation has replaced its executive director just weeks before the Olympic games in Turin, Italy. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
An earlier year's Ice Palace
An earlier year's Ice Palace

Poised and Ready: An Ice Sculptor Waits to Carve

The Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake is less than three weeks away. One of the highlights of the annual event is the "ice palace." Preparations would normally have begun today. 600-pound blocks of ice would have been chopped out of the lake. But because of the warm weather, the ice isn't thick enough. Still, ice sculptor Ed Sharmer isn't too worried. He coordinates the construction of the Ice Palace, which is done with volunteer labor. And he says a tight deadline always attracts more volunteers. He spoke about his medium with Gregory Warner.  Go to full article

Skiing the Jackrabbit on a Sticky Snow Day

One of the most popular ski trails in the Adirondacks runs through the McKenzie Mt. Wilderness between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. It's a stretch of the Jackrabbit trail that you can do on a long lunch break, if conditions are right. Brian Mann made the trip recently and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: An Ice Sculptor on his medium

There's at least one man celebrating the return of sub-freezing temperatures this weekend. Ed Sharmer of Saranac Lake is an ice sculptor. He'll be organizing the building of the annual "ice palace" at this year's Winter Carnival, February 3rd-12th. The warm weather has made working with ice a challenge this year...  Go to full article

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