Outdoors

Fore-season golfing in the Ad’ks

PAUL SMITHS — As anyone who lives in the Adirondacks knows, having a multitude of pastimes lined up for the winter months is essential. And Paul Smith’s College is offering an outdoor activity that most may not think of. The college’s recently designated north campus, near the ...

Take the long way home for added enjoyment

I recently had an opportunity to enjoy a long day of backcountry skiing, covering a route that offered a wide range of terrain and very little human traffic. It was intended to be a leisurely trip over easy terrain, but after my friend bailed out at the last minute, I decided to take on the ...

APA OKs change that could lead to rail trail

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency on Friday approved a change to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan that could pave the way for a hotly contested trail replacing the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental ...

APA sends cross-country ski plan out for public comment

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency has approved for public comment a state Department of Environmental Conservation plan that offers guidance on backcountry ski trails. The APA’s State Land Committee approved the guidance document for comment on Thursday, and the full board ...

APA approves logging operation, will clarify renewable energy policy

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency approved, with conditions, a logging operation near Tupper Lake on Friday. The agency board also said it will clarify the agency’s renewable energy policy, due to public comment. At its regular monthly meeting on Thursday and Friday, ...

APA approves change that could lead to rail trail

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency on Friday approved a change to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan that could pave the way for a hotly contested trail replacing the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental ...

APA committee passes rail trail precursor to full board

RAY BROOK — A state Adirondack Park Agency committee approved some high-profile items at Thursday’s meeting, with approval by the full board possible Friday. The APA’s State Land Committee approved a public comment period for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s ...

ECO nabs bait-pile hunter

State Department of Environmental Conservation officer Ben Tabor received multiple complaints about a deer shot during a big buck contest in the town of Ohio. Tabor identified where the deer had been shot after finding a gut pile next to a bait pile. After an interview, the subject ...

APA committee passes rail trail precursor to full board

RAY BROOK — A state Adirondack Park Agency committee approved some high-profile items at Thursday’s meeting, with approval by the full board possible Friday. The APA’s State Land Committee approved a public comment period for the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s ...

With busy agenda, APA delays vote on Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners is dropping the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest from its agenda for this week’s December meeting. “We anticipate a lot of discussion and will pick up the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest vote first thing next year,” APA ...

Rangers rescue man on Algonquin Peak

LAKE PLACID — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a 38-year-old Ottawa man from near the summit of New York’s second-tallest peak Monday. The man, whom DEC did not name, reportedly called for help at 2:44 p.m. Monday when he lost the trail near the ...

Smaller ski areas start to open for season

Northern New York’s bigger alpine ski areas have been open for weeks, and now, boosted by fantastic snow conditions, the smaller ones are starting to open, too. Cold temperatures and one of the snowiest Novembers on record helped Beartown Ski Area in Beekmantown open Sunday, about three ...

Backcountry ski plan could have big impact on Adirondacks

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing a guidance document on cross-country ski trails. If it’s eventually approved, it could lead to an increase in skiing on Forest Preserve lands. The APA board is set to vote on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s ...

With busy agenda, APA delays vote on Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners is dropping the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest from its agenda for this week’s December meeting. “We anticipate a lot of discussion and will pick up the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest vote first thing next year,” APA ...

Rangers rescue man on Algonquin Peak

LAKE PLACID — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a 38-year-old Ottawa man from near the summit of New York’s second-tallest peak Monday. The man, whom DEC did not name, reportedly called for help at 2:44 p.m. Monday when he lost the trail near the ...

Tupper native’s movie screening to benefit ski club

TUPPER LAKE — As snow falls on the Big Tupper Ski Area — which may open this season — skiers itching to get out on the slopes can find temporary relief at the State Theater Thursday evening. Christine Day, along with State owner Sally Strasser, are screening the movie “All In” ...

DEC summer camp registration set

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that registration for its 2019 summer camps will begin next year on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. The DEC’s conservation camps are for boys and girls ages 11 to 17. There are four camps around the state, including Camp Colby in ...

Friday vote could lead to rail trail

RAY BROOK – The state Adirondack Park Agency is likely to approve changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan at its regular meeting this week that would allow for removal of the train tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The APA, at its monthly meeting in Ray Brook, is ...

Last agenda of the year for APA is packed

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency’s last regular meeting of the year is packed to the gills, with three major decisions before the board. On the agenda are a state plan to guide backcountry ski trail construction, approval of the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest unit management ...

3 snowmobilers deaths in the region over the weekend

Three snowmobilers died in accidents around the Adirondacks over the weekend. Newyorkupstate.com reported deaths near Old Forge and Raquette Lake, as well as one in Lewis County. On Friday night, Thomas Hetherington, 46 of Middlesex, lost control of his snowmobile on the Brown Tract Road ...