The air is super crisp, cold, and clean as I drop my skis down at the trailhead. A fluffy poof of snow jumps into the air where the skis land. I take a deep breath and look around.
The boughs of the balsam trees hang heavy with big clumps of snow. A super-fine dusting of snow falls, very slowly filling in the tracks from an earlier skier. I close my eyes and listen - it's unbelievably peaceful.
I've heard it from people who know: snowmobiling in the heart of the Adirondacks is amazing.
It's the little things, like the pleasant, uncrowded, Department of Motor Vehicles. Register your out of state sled with no lines, and no waiting. We suggest joining a local snowmobile club prior to registration. It knocks the registration fee from $100 down to $45. Joining a club is usually in the $30 range and you can register multiple sleds under one club membership!
We are right in the thick of winter here in the Adirondacks and let me tell you what, it has been COLD! There have been many consecutive nights of negative temperatures — some nights as low as -20, with wind chills closer to -40!
While there are tons of great outdoor activities in the Adirondacks, after a few hours of playing in the snow you may just want to do something inside. Here are a few ideas to keep you toasty!
When I was a kid I didn't like brussel sprouts. Seeing these mini cabbages on my plate would trigger schemes for their disposal. Fortunately, there was a dog available.
Now I think roasted brussel sprouts with butter and romano cheese are delicious. The problem wasn't the brussel sprouts. It was how they were prepared. Turns out, boiling them to mush is not the best way of cooking them. (Sorry, Mom!)
I have found this applies to many different things. So, maybe your problem with winter is... the recipe.
Wintertime gear includes so many innovative contraptions to strap onto your feet!
And... maybe you JUST got those brand new ones and you are DYING to try them out! Well, come on up to the heart of the Adirondacks and give your new skates, skis, or shoes their first trial run.
We all know people who are just impossible to shop for. Well, let me break down the perfect Adirondack gifts — by personality!
The Adventure Seeker
Do you know someone who's an adrenaline junkie and always looking for that next big thrill? We have so many awesome activities here in the Adirondacks for them to get their fix!
C'mon, everyone! Get ready for some winter fun!
(And maybe cross a few gift purchases off your list!)
When I woke up this morning, it was 4 degrees. There's also a nice 2-inch layer of fresh snow on the ground.
So...There might still be Thanksgiving turkey in the fridge but winter is a-comin' and that means....SNOW SEASON IN THE ADIRONDACKS!
Are YOU ready?
We are just getting our first official snowfall, so now is the time to get prepared so you are not caught off guard!
If you own your own snowmobiles, now is the time to get them registered, insured, and serviced!
OK, I know what you're thinking:
"I just got done trick or treating with the kids."
"I'm still fighting with my spouse over that last Reeses Peanut Butter Cup."
"I have 17 relatives coming for Thanksgiving dinner!"
Holden Decker was enjoying one of his first big game hunts in the Adirondacks when something magnificent happened. The 15-year-old had just made his way over a mountain ridge in a quest to bag his first whitetail deer, and there it was — a black bear sitting right in front of him.
The young hunter quickly raised his rifle, took aim, and squeezed the trigger. He shot and the bear ran, then the creature turned back and looked at him. Holden fired again and the bear bolted down the hill and out of sight, completely unscathed.
Spring fever... cabin fever... Call it what you will — I'm feeling it!
We've had a fantastic winter season, but lately we've had a lot of warm temperatures and rain, usually followed by plummeting temperatures and snow. It's making me stir crazy!
I'm ready for flip flops and tank tops, hikes and beach days. But in the mean time, I'll make the best of what I have.
Blogger's note 3/1/17: I have to admit this was one of my all-time favorite blog adventures. I haven't been on the trails yet this year - it's obviously time to go back and relive this true Adirondack experience. Who's with me!?
(Flashback blog from the archives: originally published 3-16-15)
So far this year, we have had a fantastic winter. There is certainly no shortage of snow! Storm after storm has dumped plenty of the fluffy white stuff on us.
The fantastic thing about winter in the Adirondacks is the abundance of cold weather activities available to partake it.
While this will be mine and my husband's first Valentine's Day as a married couple, it is hardly our first rodeo. This will be our 11th Valentine's Day together. Our first being on the day of the Valentine's Blizzard of 2007.
With temperatures regularly lingering below freezing, don't forget to pack your ice skates for your next Adirondack adventure!
This year, I made a resolution to stay home more.
Well, that went out the window fast! There are just way too many great events going on to sit at home and miss out. There is a little something for everyone. I can head out with a few of my friends, have a "day date" with my husband, or head out with the family to one of the many awesome family-friendly events. Why would I want to stay in and miss out!? Here are some upcoming not-to-miss events!
Raised in the ADK
I have lived in the Adirondacks my entire life. I've grown up experiencing all that the mountains have to offer, and I have to say, one of my favorite places to go as a kid (and now!) is Oak Mountain.
While the ice is currently not quite thick enough just yet, I've been giving a lot of thought to something I've always wanted to do but never have — Ice Fishing. I figured I better do a little research before my first trip out on the ice, so I asked some friends that I know are seasoned at this sport, and they came back with some great stuff for me.
For most people, skiing isn't something that crosses their minds until the temperatures drop or those first few snowflakes fly. At Oak Mountain, skiing is a year-round thought. From prepping the mountain to snow making, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to get Oak Mountain ready for their winter season.
Submitted by guest blogger, Alyssa Devlin.
Read on to see why Alyssa can't wait for the warmer months to roll around once again!
Cat vs. Dog
You know how they say there are dog people and there are cat people?
I am a cat person. Cats are cuddly, cute, and natural heating pads on a cold fall evening. They are smart, sassy, and independent — not unlike my favorite people.
However, I have to admit I am slowly becoming a dog person - by default. You can't really blame me. It's simply a hazard of living the mountain life.
Summer has flown by and now we are headed into peak foliage season. But as much as I love fall, right now I have snow on the brain! If you are looking for a reason to visit this winter, here it is - it's the perfect opportunity and learn a new skill!
I have been there. You're not going to stop traveling just because it's football season. But when you're at your destination, you need to figure out how to see the game.
The end of a long winter season is once again upon us, and even though the conditions weren't all that conducive to what might be called an excellent winter season, our gear did get periodic use and should be taken care of while hibernating. It's time to start thinking about how you should store your winter gear to reduce the risk of rust, mildew, mold, varmints, and other unseen casualties.