Outdoors

Titus to open Friday

MALONE — Titus Mountain Family Ski Center will be open for skiing and snowboarding this Friday, starting at 10 a.m. The Nov. 23 opening marks Titus’ second earliest opening date ever, surpassed only in 2014, when it opened on Nov. 22. Titus plans to be open Friday, Saturday and ...

Ski season starts its run

LAKE PLACID — All of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority ski centers opened this past weekend. With plenty of man-made, as well as natural, snowfall, both the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington and the nordic center at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid had ...

DEC taking public comments on central Adirondack snowmobile trail

LONG LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on an amendment for the Blue Ridge Wilderness Area in the central Adirondacks which would see the DEC build a community connector snowmobile trail. The department has scheduled a public meeting for ...

DEC asks for input on Hinckley Reservoir

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on recreational opportunities at its Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area, just outside the southwestern Adirondacks. “The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir (in) ...

Easy access to big views on Baxter

KEENE VALLEY — For a short, relatively easy hike, Baxter Mountain near Keene Valley can tick a lot of boxes on various checklists. The mountain, which is 2,440 feet above sea level, offers views of the High Peaks, Hurricane Mountain and Keene Valley, and is also part of a hiking ...

DEC advises backcountry visitors of winter conditions in the Adirondacks

Although the early snow and cold weather are providing good conditions for winter outdoor recreation in the Adirondack Park’s backcountry, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said visitors to the region should be prepared with proper clothing and equipment ...

Skiing starts sooner

WILMINGTON — All four state Olympic Regional Development Authority ski centers will open Saturday for the first time this season, instead of the following weekend as previously announced. The Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre mountain ski centers in Wilmington, North Creek and Highmount, ...

Gore wins DEC environmental award

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced winners of the 15th annual Environmental Excellence Awards this week, and Gore Mountain Ski Resort in North Creek was given one for its large solar array and energy-efficient snow guns. The DEC said in a press release that Gore ...

Hunter trick-or-treats with spotlight and gun, gets busted

HORICON — On Halloween, state Department of Environmental Conservation officer Sean Dewey received a complaint that someone had shot a deer from a road in Horicon. After interviewing nearby homeowners, ECO Dewey was able to identify the suspect. ECOs Dewey and Maxwell Nicols determined ...

ORDA ski centers open Saturday and Sunday

WILMINGTON — All four state Olympic Regional Development Authority ski centers will open Saturday for the first time this season, instead of the following weekend as previously announced. The Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre mountain ski centers in Wilmington, North Creek and Highmount, ...

New leader for Local Government Review Board

RAY BROOK — The Local Government Review Board has a new head, although he is quite familiar with the post. Beginning in October, Saranac town Councilman Jerry Delaney took the helm of the LGRB, replacing longtime head Fred Monroe, who semi-retired. “The Adirondack Park Local ...

Locals attend multi-state outdoor rec symposium

SARANAC LAKE — About two dozen Adirondackers are traveling to a multi-state outdoor recreation symposium in New Hampshire this week, and several local projects will be highlighted. The Northern Forest Regional Symposium runs from Wednesday through Friday in Bretton Woods, New ...

Rangers locate lost hunter, rescue unprepared hiker

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped an unprepared hiker in the High Peaks and located a group of lost hunters who had just located their own lost hunter. - Town of North Elba - On Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:41 p.m., DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a ...

DEC has public meeting today on Hammond Pond Wild Forest

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will host a public meeting Tuesday night in North Hudson to take public comments on proposed actions to increase public recreation in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. The wild forest is located in the eastern part of the Adirondacks and ...

Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre to open Nov. 23

LAKE PLACID — All three alpine ski centers run by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority began making snow this weekend in anticipation of their season opening Friday, Nov. 23, weather and conditions permitting. At Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington, snow guns and fans ...

Pickerel and Rock ponds make a pretty pair

SARANAC LAKE — Shoulder season in the Adirondacks can be tough, especially when rain in November could easily turn to snow at any time. Hiking, snowshoeing and skiing are all on the table this time of year, so here’s a couple of short hikes that can be combined into a longer ski or ...

Adirondack Council reveals results of High Peaks hiker surveys

KEENE VALLEY — A recent survey revealed that hikers in and around the High Peaks Wilderness Area overwhelmingly want the state to prioritize its time and money toward protecting the area’s wild character and opportunity for solitude — for current and future generations — over ...

Van Ho nordic ski center to open next weekend

LAKE PLACID — The nordic ski center at Mount Van Hoevenberg is scheduled to open for the 2018-19 season next Saturday, Nov. 17, weather and conditions permitting. The center’s earliest-ever planned opening comes after members of the U.S. Para-Nordic ski team held their week-long ...