A Lift for Those Pining for Snow in the East

Back Country Skiing in the Adirondacks

Avalanche Pass - a classic Adirondack back country ski.

Thanks to a recalcitrant weather pattern there have been no early season Adirondack back country ski excursions this year. I am trying hard not to be sad about the lack of natural snow. I tell myself these things happen and it certainly does no good to be upset with Mother Nature.  She’s calling the shots and does what she wants, when she wants.

Since it does no good to be upset, it makes good sense to make do! That is, get outside and have fun doing something - go for a hike, a trail run, ski on man made snow, or take a walk around the neighborhood.

Another way to cope with the lack of snow and good skiing is to read about skiing and watch movies about snow and skiing. It is a well known fact; pretty pictures and well chosen words do wonders for one’s mood.  To that end, if you enjoy good ski stories check out this excellent article from a recent issue of the Burlington Free Press, Mythology of the Mountains: Tall tales tower over lore of Vermont skiing. It is a great read featuring interesting stories about skiers and the trails they ski.

Those looking for a more full-sensory vicarious ski and snow experience should check out the movie, One For The Road, this Friday evening December 16th, 7:00 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. There will be “sweet prizes from local shops, a 50-50 raffle, and good times all around!  All proceeds will go to the Adirondack Ski Touring Council and Barkeater Trails Alliance to support local trail development and maintenance.”

Tickets are 10$ for adults and 5$ for kids 12 and under when purchased online before December 16th.  Tickets at the door will be 12$ for adults and 6$ for kids 12 and under.  You can purchase your tickets HERE.

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