Fall 2011 has been a balmy one in the Adirondacks. This year’s unseasonably warm autumn weather pattern has kept any sign of skiable snow far away from the wonderfully skiable Adirondack Mountains. Even the great snow making gods of the Lake Placid Olympic venues have been foiled by Mother Nature. Water simply will not freeze at 55 degrees. For some die-hard fans of snow and snow sports the warm temperatures and lack of snow is a bad thing and a good reason to cuss and fuss.
For some Pollyanna types however, this uncharacteristically long lead up to ski season affords opportunities.
For example, hiking in the Adirondacks has been great this fall. The unusually warm temperatures have given me a chance to explore the trails at my leisure without madly swatting at biting bugs or shivering in the normal damp Adirondack November chill. The leaves are long gone from the hard woods so I’ve enjoyed clear and unobstructed views of the new slides left in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene’s visit to the Adirondacks.
This year’s extended mild fall has also given me an opportunity to indulge my weird new hobby; how many different perspectives of the new Lucky 7 slide on Cascade Mountain can I post?! This new Adirondack slide, one of many created by the rains of Hurricane Irene, is an expansion of the “T” shaped slide that marked Cascade Mountain for decades.
The Adirondack Lifestyle resident lab is also enjoying the warmer than usual Adirondack fall. He has been treated to exploring trails normally off limits to doggies during ski season. He also met a new swimming friend in a lake that should be too chilly for dog swims this time of year.
From a fitness perspective, an extended lead up to ski season also allows one a chance to work in a few more sets of lunges at the gym to prepare for long days at Whiteface Mountain. And yet another upside to a late first accumulating snow of the year is the resident ski tech actually has a chance to work on equipment before the ski trails are ready for action. Mid-November without skiing in the Adirondacks also gives us all a chance to get a head start on holiday shopping, and for the very bored, cookie baking.
But even this Pollyanna has her limits.
When the entire east coast is swept up in an unseasonably warm fall trend, sometimes the best thing to do is leave the mountains and enjoy the last of the warm, sunny days at the beach.
And hope that snow returns to the Adirondacks. Soon.