Winter Carnival adds new ‘Skate Lake Colby’ event

John Dimon, seated, and Dan Spada pose with a kick sled in late November 2018 in Saranac Lake. The two are pushing to establish a regular “wild ice” skating path on Lake Colby. (Enterprise photo — Jesse Adcock)

SARANAC LAKE — This year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will introduce a new event called Skate Lake Colby.

The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Lake Colby beach. It will offer ice skating paths and a fat-tire bike trail. Adirondack Health is the official sponsor for the event.

From noon to 5 p.m. people are welcome to bring their own ice skates or try out other ice sport gear such as kick sleds, nordic skates and fat bikes, courtesy of Human Power Planet Earth.

From 6 to 8 p.m. the public is welcome to bring their own ice skates, headlamps or flashlights to skate the path at night.

John Dimon, owner of Human Power Planet Earth, approached the Winter Carnival Committee about his idea for the event in December.

“I thought it would be a great addition to Carnival, and also support grassroots efforts to develop a skate path on Lake Colby in the future that would ideally last all winter,” Dimon said in a press release the Carnival Committee issued Monday. “We hope people will see the great potential of recreational enjoyment for locals and visitors so that we can keep the path open for ice sport enthusiasts and make Saranac Lake an ice sporting destination.”

For more information about the Skate Lake Colby event and other events during the Carnival, visit their website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.

The 2019 Winter Carnival will take place Feb. 1 to 10. This 10-day, community-wide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice Palace from blocks of ice harvested from Lake Flower’s Pontiac Bay, where Carnival events have been traditionally held for generations.


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