The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is celebrating National Trails Day with trail stewardship projects throughout the Adirondacks on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Among several projects in the Adirondacks, volunteers will meet at the Beaver Brook Trail System in the Wilmington Wild Forest on Hardy Rd. from 9 am to 4 pm. To register and receive more information, please call the Adirondack...
The Wilmington-Whiteface Bike Festival is one of the most exciting events that comes to the Whiteface Region each season.  There are so many different things to participate in it's hard to know where to start.  One thing is certain, no matter what your cycling interest is, there is something for you the weekend of June 14-16th in Wilmington, New York.  While the many compeititons...
It is a common misconception that the gravity assisted riding at Whiteface Mountain is for hardcore experts only.  While this may be true for terrain serviced by the gondola, the lower portion of the mountain, serviced by the shuttle bus can be tons of fun for families and kids.  Whiteface Bike Park Managers Elias and Mike work tirelessly to build and maintain trails that are suitable...
I’ll admit that I’m not good with numbers, but this is the story of how 25 + 50 actually equals 86.When I saw that the Ausable River Association (ASRA) was hosting its second annual Ride for the River fundraising bike ride, I saw it as a great opportunity to explore some new cycling roads in the Whiteface Region and help the ASRA at the same time. The ride was organized into three approximate...
 Every Summer The Bike Park at Whiteface Mountain offers experienced locals and visitors alike incredible thrills descending the steep terrain from the top of Little Whiteface.  Riders have access to the Gondola 7 days a week from mid June to mid October.  The 13 minute trip takes gravity addicted cycltists to the summit of "Little Whiteface," which sits at an elevation of 3676...
As of July 1st the trail network at Hardy Rd. has been officially completed.  With just over seven miles of trail completed the project, which has been a collaboration between the Department of Environmental Conservation and a local advocacy group called the Barkeater Trails Alliance is a major success.  Trail users of all different types enjoy the trail system on both the East and West...
 The trail affectionately known to mountain bikers as "Poor Man's Downhill" is a multi-use trail that begins near the toll booth on the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway and descends all the way down to the town of Wilmington.  The trail was originally constructed for snowmobiling with enhancements made in certain areas to make it a fantastic descent for off-road cyclists in the...
The dirt jump park in Wilmington, right behind the "Little Supermarket" is a a huge asset for the entire Whiteface Region.  It was built several years with support from people all over the local community.  Since the original construction by professional cyclist Kyle Ebbet it has seen a number of updates and it keeps getting better each time.  The dirt jump park is a great place to...
On the opposite side of Whiteface from the quiet community of Wilmington there is a stretch of seldom travelled road that is an absolute  delight for road cyclists. This piece of pavement pedaling paradise is known by many names. Some call it Franklin Falls Rd. others simply refer to it as "the road up the back side of Whiteface" and there is sign on the Bloomingdale side that calls it "...
Cross Country Skiing Poor Man's Downhill TrailA winter Cross Country Ski and summer Mountain Bike trailThe trail affectionately known to locals as "Poor Man's Downhill" got its name because it can be used as a single-direction downhill trail without the need of any downhill specific equipment or the purchase of a trail fee. The trail is an absolute hoot whether you're on skis in the summer or two...
#10: Be sure to check out the Jump Jam/Trials Exhibition on Friday NightThis is always a great kick-off the bike fest weekend. The dirt jumps behind the Little Supermarket in Wilmington is a great for families and there is always a good show to see. This year festival organizers have brought in the KRUSHER STUNT TEAM from Montreal to impress the crowd and get everyone fired up for a great weekend...
We’re just about to the launch the fun and exciting Wilmington/Whiteface Mountain Bike Fest June 20 - 22. A jam packed weekend of all things biking also includes:The 12th Annual Whiteface Mt. Uphill Bike Race, beginning at 8 a.m. July 21 at the foot of the Whiteface Mountain Memorial HighwayThe 4th Annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100K - July 22 at the entrance to the Whiteface Mt. Ski Center The...
Ride for a CauseSo, I rode the Ausable River Association’s (AsRA) Ride for the River bike ride last year, and I plan to do it again THIS year on August 3rd.   The Ride for the River was launched in 2012 to celebrate the cultural and natural resources within the Ausable Valley, and continues to support the work that the AsRA is doing to build resilience in both the natural and human...
You might already have come to this conclusion yourself, but after reviewing 2014 events and images, I’d say that Wilmington has solidified its place as a premier biking destination - for both the knobby and skinny tire sets.  EVENTSThe snow had barely left the building when the biggest biking event in the region took to the roads and trails during the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest....
WILD, SPECTACULAR, AND RICH WITH historyThe iconic Ausable River in the Adirondack Mountains has a storied history of rest, recreation, and even rage. The river is an iconic fishing destination, has supported major industry, produced some amazing trophy fish, powered entire towns and formed spectacular chasms. Come along while we explore these amazing waterways - a two for one deal.The Ausable...
It was a long winter. Maybe you got out and went to Whiteface. Maybe you even went XC skiing. Some of you may have even decided to try fat tire biking. But for most, the biting cold kept us inside more than we would have liked. I know that I missed many early morning skis because -25° is not my idea of fun. So maybe you got a little soft while hibernating. Your legs of steel have turned to pewter...
The Wilmington Town Council announced yesterday that it will turn Route 86 into a toll road. The move comes as the town completes construction on the bridge over the Ausable River. The town supervisor, Randy Pushton, said, "After we completed the bridge construction, this was the logical next project to take on. When we looked around, it seemed that Wilmington had an unusual amount of through...
I hear it all of the time: what are all of the cool kids wearing in the Whiteface Region? While there are many, I’ve compiled an overview of the most prevalent outfits you’ll find on this region’s fashion runways. Though I should note that while they are not all exclusive to the region, you can’t go wrong if you pack some of these “looks” when you visit. The Boreal BirderThe Whiteface...
As you slowly meander up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, you start to wonder about the plants around you. They’re so different and sparse up here on the high-elevation rocks. How do they survive? What makes them different from plants in the valleys? Are there animals that live up here? How do they do it? It’s sure nice here in the summer, but what’s it like in the winter? ...
Who says that all good things must come to an end?Despite the mild weather, the crew at Whiteface Mountain did an outstanding job of maintaining super conditions on the alpine ski trails this past winter.  Because of their tenacity, you might be surprised that according to 10 out of 10 ski industry experts at the mountain, it’s just not practical to make snow all summer here in the...
Did you know? Nearly 70 percent of visitors to the Adirondacks come here during the WARM weather?It’s true. So what’s that mean for Whiteface Mountain? Yes, some folks remember that Whiteface Mountain hosted the alpine events for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And yes, today’s avid skiers and riders know that Whiteface is THE place to experience the greatest vertical drop in the east,...
This year, my main focus has been on training for the grueling uphills that are completely unavoidable on most of the mountain bike trail systems in the Adirondack Mountains. I always find myself asking why I have such a hard time getting up those hills when I seem to be in fantastic shape because of how often I bike. Turns out, if you want those mountain biker legs you really have to bike up,...
Let's be honest, mountain bikers are a unique bunch. Often I'll come back from a ride sweaty, bleeding, and covered in mud and my wife will look at my grin and ask, "So... This is fun for you?"But my wife's wisecracks aside, I get where she's coming from. When people hear us (mountain bikers) talk about what happens on the trail - well not every thing - they tend to look at us like we're crazy....
What were you thinking?In every race, athletes push themselves to their limits. Maybe even the limits of human abilities. But one race sticks out in my mind as just plain crazy/awesome:The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike RaceFor those of you who don't know, Whiteface Mountain is home to a world-class ski area, downhill mountain biking mecca, hiking trails, weather observatory, and a toll road. On...
Hit the road!Spring has sprung a bit early this year, and my six-year-old son has been begging to go biking. Of course, the trails are still covered in icy patches and muck abounds - they're not quite ready to host our wheels, and we don't want to do any damage to the natural environment. We haven't done many roadside rides as Oliver is still a bit wobbly, and has the unnerving tendency to...
I typically pride myself on being able to follow directions.  For example, as an admittedly not-very-confident cook, I’ll attempt simple dishes that I find on the internet. Once I choose a recipe, however, I read it carefully to make sure that I understand the order of events and required tools.I display the list of ingredients and numbered steps on my iPad - which I position out of spill’s...
Did you know you can ride a bike down Whiteface Mountain?2,456 vertical feet.Two thousand four hundred and fifty six vertical feet.That’s almost a half mile.And I rode it. On a mountain bike. It was crazy. It was scary.It was awesome.Author’s Note: Crazy and scary not your style? Scroll down to the bottom and learn how you can still have the time of your life at the Whiteface Bike Park!The True...
Frankly, I'm disappointed. If you're reading this blog, you're not out riding. Now I guess that I could give you the benefit the doubt and assume that you're reading this on one of those fancy smarty-pants phones on your way to go riding. But most of you will be reading this from somewhere decidedly un-mountain-bikey.And that, my friends, is a crime.I understand your dilemma. With the ever-...
Hit the road!My six-year-old son has been begging to go biking. Of course, while he thinks he is ready to be an extreme mountain biker, I think he needs to conquer basic skills first —call me crazy.We haven't done many roadside rides as Oliver is still a bit wobbly, and has the unnerving tendency to steer toward whatever catches his eye. And he's fast. Really fast. Or at least too fast for me to...
Whiteface Mountain offers outstanding views - once you get to the top! How do you prefer to make your way to the payoff?Drive or bike the Memorial Highway - 8 miles of scenic twists and turns.//  Keep voting for your ADK favorites:Lake, pond, or river?Family-friendly, close-to-town trek with best views?Where will you reel in the big one?Favorite 6er?Winter activities, anyone?Biking the Coast...
Spinning for SpringHave you ever attended a spinning class?I have. For the very first time this spring, I had the opportunity to sample a local trainer’s group spin classes. I figured it might be a good prep for spring cycling out in “the wild.”  Had I attended more than exactly two classes, I’m sure that would have been the case.It was much harder than I thought. For those who haven’t...
Ironman VolunteerIt was about 9 months ago that I was gifted with one of the greatest opportunities — I was asked to assist with Ironman Lake Placid. I was brought on board to help with the astounding amount of work that goes into coordinating the thousands of volunteers. I didn’t know what I was in for, but that was the best part. The adrenaline was all that kept me going. The energy Ironman...
The Whiteface Region is a cycling paradise. Challenging terrain, gorgeous scenery, and intriguing routes all combine with the fresh mountain air. Come explore a full weekend of aspirations in the form of incredible mountain cycling, then road cycling... with an intriguing twist.Summer is prime biking season, and it kicks off with the Adirondack Bike Race Weekend.7th Annual WW 100kThe WW 100k is...
  Plan to Cycle this season in the Adirondacks!We think cycling in the Whiteface Region is awesome, but you don't have to take our word for it - let our cycling fans speak for us.Have we convinced you yet? Good. Now, check out our homey lodging and fabulous food choices, and plan your next mountain or road biking trip today! 
I’m one of the quadrillions of people in the world who appreciate a good, ideally locally-brewed craft beer after a long day. However, my general rule is that in order to deserve that beer, I have to perform some sort of legitimate physical exercise that merits beer as a reward (and that will counteract the beer’s potential weight-increasing effect).  Exercise that qualifies includes a round...

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