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Four Tips for Sharing the Trail this Winter


Unlike the summer, where recreation groups are pretty well separated, trails are often shared by two to three different user groups in the winter months. Since these activities move at different speeds, there are a few things we can all do to ensure that everyone stays safe while enjoying their READ MORE

Gear Review: Altai Hok Skis


If you haven't heard of “Altai Hok,” you are not alone.  What is an “Altai Hok” and its origin?  According to the website, the skis were inspired by backcountry skiers of the Altai Mountains in North Asia where Altais were born (www.altaiskis.com). The best way I can describe the Altai READ MORE

Outside Our Comfort Zones


After a sleepless night of camping out in single digit temperatures, my legs, back and brain were beginning to protest as I neared the summit of Phelps Mountain. Behind me, my co-leader, Seth and the three teenage boys we were guiding were getting battered by wind speeds of up to READ MORE

First Mt. Marcy Ski


  The Adirondacks received 18+" of fresh snow in the High Peaks region March 12th-13th so I decided it was time to ski Mt. Marcy for the first time with friends and fellow co-workers Brendan Wiltse (Johns Brook Property Coordinator) and Chris Beans (Trails Food Coordinator). We had to break trail from READ MORE

Avalanches in the Adirondacks


I had no idea that avalanches occurred in the Adirondacks until the winter of 2007-2008.  That winter I was working at the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) and living on the Adirondak Loj property.  I had quite a bit of winter hiking and backpacking experience before then, but that year READ MORE

In Memory of Alice Waterhouse


Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make any turns on the Heart Lake ski slope this winter yet. The limited snow accumulation hasn’t allowed it. I still pass by the ski slope frequently this time of year and every time I go by I pass a sign at the bottom READ MORE

Clean, Sharpen, Wax: Putting My Skis Away


The Adirondack backcountry ski conditions were awesome last weekend!  I thought I had seen the end of the ski season with the warm, sunny, spring-like weather that we experienced two weekends ago.  I was wrong.  There is still great snow in the High Peaks region!  I had one of the READ MORE