Neilson Snye of Tupper Lake skis past the site of a historic barn that burned down in 2004 at the Camp Santanoni Historic Area in Newcomb on Presidents Day.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Touring historic Santanoni as winter lulls

NEWCOMB — After two straight days of sunshine and above-freezing temperatures, my friend and I decided we better get out skiing again before the snow is completely gone. So on Monday, we drove down to Newcomb and donned our cross-country skis for the 10-mile round-trip out to the ...

Cross-country skiers kick and glide in fresh snow on the Jackrabbit Trail on their way to Lake Placid from Cascade Cross Country Center on Jan. 29.
(Photo provided — Josh Wilson, Barkeater Trails Alliance)

A big winter, until this week

SARANAC LAKE — Yes, it’s supposed to rain today. A lot. And yes, the area has seen a string of 50-degree days and no new snow over the past week. Before that, however, local cross-country and downhill ski centers were enjoying a strong season, thanks to snow-filled holiday periods ...

Although snow cover is meager, many of the mountain streams and brooks have retained ice.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Land-use debates pervasive across the country

Last year, organizers of the annual Outdoor Retailer Expo, which is likely the largest outdoor equipment trade show in the world, threatened to pull the plug on their popular trade show. The popular event has long been the anchor of Salt Lake City’s convention-based economy. The Outdoor ...

Hunter pleads guilty to hurting En-Con officer

HUDSON (AP) — A 55-year-old New York man has pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the wounding of an environmental conservation officer last fall. Alan Blanchard, of Gallatin, pleaded guilty Friday to a Class D felony in Columbia County Court. Troopers say 39-year-old Officer ...

Volunteers gather at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center Friday morning to help organizers prepare for Saturday's World Snowshoe Championships, which were moved entirely to the mountain.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Volunteers sought for snow shoveling preparation for Snowshoe Championships

SARANAC LAKE — Volunteers will be at work today at Dewey Mountain, shoveling snow from the woods onto the course for Saturday's World Snowshoe Championships. “Help is needed for the World Snowshoe Championships as the Saranac Lake hosts are determined the race will go on,” village ...

Hikers walk alongside Route 73 in Keene Valley Monday morning, Noonmark Mountain in view.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

1,000 hike ADK Loj, Cascade during Presidents weekend

LAKE PLACID — Sunny weather atop snowcapped High Peaks this Presidents Day weekend resulted in nearly 1,000 hikers and other backcountry recreationists signing into the area’s two most popular trailheads over a four-day stretch. From Friday to Monday, 667 people signed in at New York ...

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau outlines the World Snowshoe Championships course with defending snowshoe champion Stephane Ricard of France, right, and Julien Lachance of Canada.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

World Snowshoe Championships moved entirely to Dewey Mountain

SARANAC LAKE — The race course for the World Snowshoe Championships has been moved entirely to Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, organizers announced late Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to approach 60 degrees Saturday with rain in the forecast. The base of snow for the course ...

Which fish lived in Mirror Lake ages ago?

LAKE PLACID — Paul Smith’s College students will be out on Mirror Lake late Saturday morning collecting a sediment core from the village’s central body of water. The group of students are part of Curt Stager’s Paleoecology class and will be joined by Brendan Wiltse, Science and ...

Flood watch in effect this weekend

The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a flood watch for the North Country from Friday evening through Sunday evening. Record warm temperatures and a period of moderate to briefly heavy rainfall is expected on Saturday. “Minor to locally moderate flooding is possible ...

Maple syrup producers face challenges in warming world

DURHAM, N.H. — New Hampshire’s maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer. Producers joined climate experts and Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire on ...

DEC holds Debar Mountain Wild Forest meetings

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will host two public meetings on its review of the Debar Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. The wild forest unit is made up of about 40 land parcels and contains almost 90,000 acres in the towns of Brighton, Duane, Franklin, Santa ...

Liam Stoddard, 6, of Saranac Lake, skis along the Fox trail at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Whiteface Mountain revenue soars over President’s Weekend

WILMINGTON — Clear skies, lots of powdery snow and more than 80 open trails resulted in a three-day holiday weekend of revenue for Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Friday through Sunday, Whiteface nearly doubled its revenue compared to last year and more than doubled the total number of ...

Scarface Mountain in Ray Brook provides backcountry travelers with a variety of options.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Conditions just right for backcountry skiing

It appears the winter season will remain in command of the land for a spell. A series of recent storms has delivered some of the finest backcountry ski conditions of the season, and it appears the snowpack will remain intact long enough to provide entertainment for the 15th annual ...

A black bear cub sits on the limb of a white pine tree.
(Enterprise file photo)

Bear harvest numbers lower than usual last year

Hunters in New York took fewer bears than normal last year, but the biggest bear killed in 2016 was more than 30 pounds heavier than the previous year’s largest. While fewer bears were taken in the northern zone in 2016, the total number was about on par with the historical average. ...

Paul Smith’s College snowshoe racers Joseph St. Cyr and Chloe Matillio test out the trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake on Thursday in preparation for the Feb. 25 World Snowshoe Championships.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Betting on Mother Nature to show some love

SARANAC LAKE — Organizers of the World Snowshoe Championships say the substantial snowfall the area has seen in recent weeks bodes well for the upcoming competition, although warmer temperatures and the chance of rain are in the forecast next week. The group issued a press release Thursday ...

Adirondack Wilderness Trip Leader Tyler Socash leads a group of hikers down the icy exposed summit of Wright Peak in the High Peaks on Jan. 7.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

DEC warns of Avalanche risk in High Peaks Wilderness

LAKE PLACID – With days of heavy snowfall leading to soaring temperatures this weekend, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising hikers, backcountry downhill skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts that there is an increased risk of avalanches in the High Peaks. DEC ...

Snowmobiler, trooper fall through ice in Long Lake

A snowmobiler and state trooper fell through the ice on Long Lake Friday morning and were rescued, treated and released, according to state police. Around 8:50 a.m., state police based in Tupper Lake and Indian Lake responded to a call for a snowmobiler who fell through the ice at the ...