Outdoors

John Reinker of Clifton Park and Lake Placid watches the first of 960 lacrosse balls race down the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track March 25 for the first-ever Running of the Balls fundraiser for USA Luge.  The second annual Running of the Balls will take place at the sliding track Saturday at the conclusion of the Veissmann World Cup. This event helps pay for team expenses. 
(Enterprise photo — Andy Flynn)

USA Luge to hold Running of the Balls 2 at World Cup

LAKE PLACID — USA Luge will hold its second annual Running of the Balls fundraiser, a quirky Adirondack take on Spain’s dangerous Running of the Bulls, during this year’s Viessmann World Cup races this weekend. Instead of setting cattle free in the streets of Pamplona behind a group ...

Paddlers venture out on Boreas Ponds, with views of the High Peaks in the background.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)

Local governments call for access and wilderness for Boreas lands

A local government coalition of towns in the central Adirondacks is calling for both wilderness and access as the state Adirondack Park Agency prepares to decide the make-up of land within the Boreas Ponds tract. The Five Towns, made up of Minerva, North Hudson, Newcomb, Long Lake and ...

Ira Munn Boardman

Missing hunter found dead

ELLENBURG CENTER – A Vermont man who has been missing for more than a week was found dead this morning on the eighth day of looking for him. Volunteers and forest rangers found Ira Munn Boardman, 58, of South Hero, Vermont, early Sunday morning after hundreds of searchers had previously ...

Eastern turkeys, like the ones pictured, were extirpated from New York in the mid-1840s, but have made a comeback as a result of DEC efforts. New York’s turkey population is now more than 250,000.
(Photo — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Turkeys rebound with help of DEC

At just about the end of World War II, there were no wild turkeys in New York state. But a concerted effort by the Conservation Department (now the state Department of Environmental Conservation) reversed this trend. New York now boasts one of the most robust populations of wild turkeys in the ...

Whiteface opens for season with fresh snow

WILMINGTON — Whiteface Mountain Ski Center was able to push its opening day up by 24 hours thanks to fresh snow fall earlier this week. The mountain was slated to open Friday, but with more than a foot of snow falling Sunday and Monday, it opened on Thanksgiving Day with a decent ...

Son kills father in Thanksgiving hunting accident

SANDY CREEK (AP) — State police say a 24-year-old man mistook his father for a deer and fatally shot the older man while hunting near the family’s central New York home on Thanksgiving. Troopers say Kristopher Paro was in a tree stand in the woods behind his home in the Oswego County ...

Adirondack Lakes Alliance receives stewardship award

FULTON — The Adirondack Landowners Association has named the Adirondack Lakes Alliance the recipient of the 2016 ALA Stewardship Award. The alliance won the award for helping organize lake and river associations throughout the Adirondack Park, and for creating awareness of the threats to ...

Will Rogers’ Senior Outing Club goes to Macomb State Park

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Village at Will Rogers Senior Outing Club’s November event will be on Tuesday to Macomb State Park in Schulyer Falls. Naturalist Ed Kanze will lead a 1 to 1-and-a-half-mile flat nature walk along the shore of Davis Pond in the park. The Saranac Village at ...

Skiers and snowboarders enjoy six trails and warm weather Friday at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington, which opened for the season Thursday.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Whiteface opens with fresh snow

WILMINGTON — Whiteface Mountain Ski Center was able to push its opening day up by 24 hours thanks to fresh snow fall earlier this week. The mountain was slated to open Friday, but with more than a foot of snow falling Sunday and Monday, it opened on Thanksgiving Day with a decent ...

DEC warns of winter conditions in backcountry

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning visitors to the Adirondacks to be wary of dangerous winter conditions. Recent snowfall has led to snow depths of more than a foot in most places, with deeper snow in certain areas. Backcountry users should be prepared for snow ...

Last weekend’s snowstorm plastered the woods with a heavy, wet layer of snow.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Hunters welcome fresh snow with open arms

The first “dumb snow” of the season has finally arrived, and it wrapped the local landscape in a cold, white sheet. The storm provided the first significant snowfall since the opening weekend of the hunting season. This is what I call a dumb snow, as it illustrates the travel routes of ...

Ira Munn Boardman

Search for missing hunter continues

ELLENBURG CENTER — The search for a missing hunter in northern New York will continue through Thanksgiving, although officials are now saying that Thursday's search will be scaled back because of the holiday. Ira Munn Boardman, a 58-year-old man from South Hero, Vermont, was reported ...

Cross-country skiers make their way out onto the trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake this week.
(Photo provided — Jason Smith)

Tri-Lakes cross-country ski centers open early

LAKE PLACID — A year after paltry snowfall totals limited the number of days several Tri-Lakes cross-country skiing centers could open, Winter Storm Argos has provided better snow than all of last year, some say. The parking lot at Cascade Cross Country Ski Center was full ...

DEC warns of winter conditions in backcountry

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning visitors to the Adirondacks to be wary of dangerous winter conditions. Recent snowfall has led to snow depths of more than a foot in most places, with deeper snow in certain areas. Backcountry users should be prepared for snow ...

Chairlifts at Big Tupper Ski Area are seen in October.
(Enterprise photo — Brittany Proulx)

Big Tupper’s opening still uncertain with snow

TUPPER LAKE — Amid heavy recent snowfall, organizers of Big Tupper Ski Area are still considering whether to open it this winter, according to Jim LaValley, chairman of volunteer organization Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy. He said the group is not currently making ...

... and just can’t hide it. The recent snowstorm brought plenty of smiles to skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, especially along Main Street in Lake Placid. Pictured, Cory Keysor, left, and Tyler Merriam sport new ski jackets and enjoy the falling snow right in front of the Lake Placid Ski & Board Shop, as Alyssa Gentzler, right, shuffles by with snowboard in hand. The trio said they anticipate a snowy winter and plan to spend lots of time on the slopes at Whiteface Mountain.
(Photo provided)

They’re snow excited

While some were hoping for the return of a mild winter like last year, others welcomed this week's snow.

Mountainfest returns to the Mountaineer Jan. 13

KEENE VALLEY — The Mountaineer gear store in Keene Valley will host its 21st annual Winter Mountaineering Festival the second weekend in January. The festival kicks off Friday, Jan. 13 with a lecture by renowned climber Scott Bennett, who has set speed records on El Capitan. Saturday, ...

Chairlifts at Big Tupper Ski Area are seen in October.
(Enterprise photo — Brittany Proulx)

Despite snow, Big Tupper’s opening is uncertain

TUPPER LAKE — Amid heavy recent snowfall, organizers of Big Tupper Ski Area are still considering whether to open it this winter, according to Jim LaValley, chairman of volunteer organization Adironack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy. He said the group is not currently making any ...

Search still underway for missing hunter

ELLENBURG CENTER — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers, state police and volunteers searched for a missing hunter in northern New York for a third day on Monday. Ira Munn Boardman, a 58-year-old man from South Hero, Vermont, was reported missing on Saturday night ...