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Dewey looks forward to snow

People ski at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — Dewey Mountain Recreation Center announced Monday that it is gearing up for the winter cross-country skiing and snowshoe season, with some changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The biggest difference will be that the lodge will be closed to the public. Outdoor activities are generally considered safe as long as people are 6 feet apart, but indoors the coronavirus can spread more easily through the air. “All skiers and snowshoers should come prepared to hit the trail,” the center said in an email. “There will be outside spacing for a quick change of footwear, but there will be no immediate access to the lodge.”

In other rules, “Face coverings must be worn when utilizing designated shared spaces. On the trails physical distance must be practiced and a face covering must be readily available for when coming in contact with other users.

Dewey will also sell season passes on its website to make transactions contactless.

Also on the website is registration for the Outdoors & Active XC Ski and Snowshoe program.

The Dewey Mountain Youth Ski League is not yet ready to go.

“We are working hard to offer safe, small group options to young skiers for this year’s DMYSL season,” Dewey said in the email. “Stay tuned for online updates and registration information.”

“We’re looking forward to snow and hope you are too!” the email added.

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center is owned by the town of Harrietstown and run by Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters.

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