Outdoors

Pisgah kicks off Thursday with free day

SARANAC LAKE — Mount Pisgah Ski Center is set to open Thursday with a free day of skiing and riding. Mountain Manager Garrett Foster said he had been planning a Friday opening to the 2016-17 season but determined conditions were good enough to open a day early at no charge to the ...

Pontiac Bay cleanup set for fall 2018

SARANAC LAKE —It’s been more than a year-and-a-half since the state issued its decision on what to do with thousands of cubic yards of coal tar-contaminated soil in Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, and three-plus years since it began its investigation of the site. The planned cleanup of ...

The Nature Conservancy purchases Moose River lands

LYONSDALE — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy purchased more than 750 acres of land on the Moose River in the southwest Adirondacks. TNC said in a press release Tuesday that the acquisition protects both rivers and forests at the same time, and includes a stretch of the ...

Mirror Lake dogsled operators John Houghton of Thunder Mountain Dogsleds of Vermontville, center, speaks to the Lake Placid Village Board Monday night with Michael, left, and A.J. Arnold, right, of ADK Wilderness Adventures of Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Dogsled operators, board talk safety

LAKE PLACID — The operators of Mirror Lake’s two dogsled tours discussed the safety of dog sledding atop the lake for more than 30 minutes at Monday’s village board meeting. The operators, John Houghton of Thunder Mountain Dogsleds of Vermontville and ...

Winter’s reach is well on its way to settling in, as seen in this photo from the Cascade lakes.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Winter season rumbles in with a blast

The rumble of passing snowplows has steadily increased over the last week as a series of snowstorms continued to pass through the region.   The rolling thunder of the blades is an annual call that summons outdoor travelers to dust off the gear, locate the long johns and the gloves and wax ...

Cross-country skiers pass over the bridge that connects the biathlon area with the main trail system at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.
(Photo — Dave Schmidt Photography)

Promising ski season

After an anemic winter last year, the 2016-2017 ski season is off to a rollicking good start. Skiers and boarders look to be in for a treat with this year’s early snowfall and ideal snowmaking conditions. The following is a roundup of how local ski centers are shaping up for the ...

Consider survival on any winter trip

Earlier this week, a pair of hikers became lost in the High Peaks and spent two unplanned nights in what can be described as arctic conditions. The hikers are OK now after forest rangers launched a huge effort to find them, but their survival and relative lack of injuries can serve as a ...

New York State Police Tech. Lt. Peter Mclain, right, and Tech. Sgt. Brian Rumrill stand next to the Huey helicopter they used to rescue a pair of missing hikers from Algonquin Peak Tuesday.
(Photo courtesy of the New York State Police)

Helicopter pilots recount rescue ‘roller-coaster ride’

“It was a roller-coaster ride from beginning to end.” That’s how state police helicopter pilot Peter Mclain describes the effort Tuesday to rescue a pair of missing hikers from the wintry and wind-beaten slopes of the state’s second highest ...

After snowy Thursday, brutal cold grips N.Y.

ALBANY (AP) — Temperatures have plunged below zero across parts of upstate New York a day after lake-effect storms dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow on parts of the region. The National Weather Service says it was 16 below zero this morning in Saranac Lake, while other parts of the state were in ...

Conservancy creating new preserve

WILMINGTON — The Lake Placid Land Conservancy is creating a new community preserve in this town and it, in turn, will open up 2 miles of recreational trails to the public. With the project, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy plans to connect Wilmington and the existing public land and ...

Madison Popolizio receives a cup of hot tea and assistance from search crews after she and her boyfriend spent two unplanned nights near the top of Algonquin Peak. 
(Photos provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation)

Dramatic video, photos of Algonquin rescue released

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a short video showing Tuesday’s dramatic helicopter rescue of one of the two hikers who went missing on Algonquin Peak. The video was shot by Colin Loher of Wilmington, a guide and climber who was part of a volunteer ...

ORDA Senior Vice President Jeff Byrne talks to reporters about the terrain features that Whiteface offers.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Whiteface Mountain hosts annual media day

WILMINGTON — More than three dozen reporters, photographers and cameramen enjoyed a day of free skiing and food at Whiteface Mountain Wednesday, during the mountain’s annual media day event. About 40 people, representing websites, newspapers and television stations were given a ...

Blake Alois, left, and Maddie Popolizio, both of Niskayuna, sent this picture to family members from their hike on Algonquin Peak around noon Sunday. They were missing for nearly two days until rangers located them late Tuesday morning.
(Photo provided)

Rescued hikers back home after 2 nights on mountain

LAKE PLACID — Two hikers who went missing Sunday on Algonquin Peak were located and rescued Tuesday after spending two unplanned nights out in bitter cold weather. Blake Alois, 20, and his girlfriend, Madison Popolizio, 19, both from Niskayuna, were found by state Department of ...

ORDA leases ‘Snow Factory’

LAKE PLACID — The Snow Factory snowmaking machine that began operating this month at the Olympic Sports Complex cross-country ski center at Mount Van Hoevenberg is a lease with an option to buy agreement, state Olympic Regional Development Authority President Ted Blazer said at Tuesday’s ...

Blake Alois, left, and Maddie Popolizio, both of Niskayuna, sent this picture to family members from their hike on Algonquin Peak around noon Sunday. They were missing for nearly two days until rangers located them late Tuesday morning.
(Photo provided)

Missing hikers rescued, in good condition

LAKE PLACID — Two hikers who went missing Sunday on Algonquin Peak were located and rescued today after spending two unplanned nights out in bitter cold weather. Blake Alois, 20, and his girlfriend, Madison Popolizio, 19, both from Niskayuna, were found by state ...

Blake Alois, left, and Maddie Popolizio, both of Niskayuna, sent this picture to family members from their hike on Algonquin Peak around noon Sunday. They were missing for nearly two days until rangers located them late Tuesday morning.
(Photo provided)

Missing hikers found alive, hypothermic

LAKE PLACID — The two hikers who went missing on Algonquin Peak and spent two unplanned nights out in bitter cold weather have been found alive but may be severely hypothermic. Blake Alois, 20, and Maddie Popolizio, 19, both from Niskayuna, were found by a forest ranger around 11 ...

John Houghton, the owner of Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours, poses with his dogs on Mirror Lake in 2015. 
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

Lake Placid looks to improve sled dog safety

LAKE PLACID — This village’s board spoke for more than a half hour at its meeting last week about whether new laws should be implemented to further help protect people and sled dogs during operations on the Mirror Lake ice in winter. Trustee Jason Leon shared with the board a letter ...

Blake Alois, left, and Maddie Popolizio, both of Niskayuna, sent this picture to family members from their hike on Algonquin Peak around noon Sunday. They were missing for nearly two days until rangers located them late Tuesday morning.
(Photo provided)

Search for missing hikers in High Peaks

LAKE PLACID – State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are conducting a search for two hikers who failed to return from a hiking trip up Algonquin Mountain in the High Peaks. Maddie Popolizio and Blake Alois are from the ...

The lack of local snow cover was evident in this November photo of the village of Lake Placid taken from the east side of Scarface Mountain in Ray Brook.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Stalking whitetails in snowless woods

There was a time, not so long ago, when a brisk, cold blanket of snow covered the local landscape for a fair share of the year. I’m old enough to remember such times, when the rumbling thunder of passing plow trucks could be heard throughout the majority of our evening ...

Alec Bieber of Saranac Lake takes a photo of himself with a GoPro camera at the summit of Catamount Mountain in November.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

46ers in the social media age

LAKE PLACID — As David Gomlak walks through each nook of the hostel he owns with his wife, Terri Maxymillian, their unconditional love for the Adirondack 46 High Peaks is reflected at every turn. Each room is named after a mountain range and each bunk after a mountain. They even ...