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Mud season is especially hard on mountain bikers. Sunny days have us eager to get riding but the trails and weather always seem to have other plans. In Wilmington, the major mountain biking hub of the Whiteface Region, and really, the Adirondacks...
In life, when you want something, don't hold back, go get it! Live your life with intent. Step into your life and live. What does this mean to me? It means, stop making excuses, wake up, open your eyes, and go after whatever it is that lights that...
During winter, the Jay Craft Center is open by appointment or "by chance." Cheri is a welcoming host, so don't be shy to call her up to arrange a visit. If you visit in summer, the Jay Craft Center is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m...
The Olympic spirit is infectious. And perhaps that is most noticeable on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain, where athletes from the 1980 Olympic Games competed in all six of the alpine ski events and still train today. Enter the National Brotherhood of...
For most people visiting Whiteface Mountain, the best time to start skiing is "first chair." At 8:30 A.M., the gondola and lower mountain chairs start running and eager skiers and riders are carried off to get their first tracks. But, as they gaze at...
After a day spent in the invigorating Adirondack air skiing, snowshoeing, or seeing the sights, what you want and need is a relaxed, hot meal, something that will warm you up and top off your day right. Restaurants in the Whiteface Region serve up a...
Snow has fallen here in the Adirondacks and it's time to get our winter legs back in shape! While it may be tempting to return to old favorites, have you considered trying out some possibly overlooked snowshoe trails around the Whiteface region? Below...
In the Adirondacks and the Whiteface area in particular, winter is an extra special kind of playtime. The canoes and kayaks, as much as we love them, have been packed away and with every snowflake that falls to the ground, we all get a little more...
High on the Adirondack slopes is a tiny village, full of bustling activity and a lot of magic. The buildings, with their gingerbread trim, jaunty peaked roofs, and bright colors, look as though they have sprung from a fairy tale. Here in this perfect...
Traveling over the holidays can make for very special memories with loved ones. The kids are out of school and the magic of the season is in the air. Time is one of the most cherished commodities and how you spend holiday time will be something you...
Fall in the Whiteface Region is a splendid time. The valleys fill with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, while the deep greens of our needle-bearing trees persist in the higher elevations, creating a magnificent contrast. Sure, you can take the...
Taste New York is the state's effort to link consumers to the best products made and grown right here in New York. I decided it was an important mission to showcase one region in New York that really embraces this effort by offering some of the best...
Trailblazers With its verdant canopy of trees above and the still, reflective surface of silver lakes, the Adirondacks is a special place in the hearts of many. Travelers from all over the world ascend our mountains for their expansive views. It's not...
I will never forget the first day I clipped into a bike here in the Adirondacks. It is the moment that started everything for me and brought me closer than ever to this area in a whole new way. I remember when I first clipped in I also felt nervous...
After a steep half-mile up the densely wooded trail, still soft from the early morning rain, I found myself at a sign directing me to the Copperas Pond lean-to. I was meeting my friends -- Erin, Arthur, and their dog Roma -- at the lean-to where they...
Fall is my favorite season for many reasons. Think flannels, foliage, and festivals. The Whiteface Region is a prime location to enjoy a number of activities and amenities that will leave you feeling all the fall feels. Here are the top five reasons...
One of the hidden gems in the Adirondacks is the hamlet of Upper Jay. Located on the east branch of the Ausable River, Upper Jay is peacefully nestled in some of the best Adirondack scenery, with the High Peaks and babbling river up close. Upper Jay...
The time between winter skiing and summer activity at Whiteface Mountain is a great time to visit. When the snow is waiting to fall, there is so much fun to be had. The colors on this majestic mountain in autumn are beyond anything you can see on the...
Always sign the trail register before starting a hike!
Jay Mountain stats Distance: 2.5 miles to the ridge trail, 4 miles to the summit Elevation: 3,600 feet Elevation gain: 2,200 feet Getting there: From the town of Wilmington, take Route 86 east toward Jay. At the bottom of the hill in Jay, turn left on...
Summer is meant for going "out" to eat. Enjoying the fresh Adirondack breeze while having a meal, snack, or just a milkshake is what makes the summer days and nights so much fun. Doing this with a view of Whiteface Mountain, or a pristine lake or...
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 of 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...
Lucina loves Whiteface.
I married my wife, Anna, on top of the 4,867-foot Whiteface Mountain six years ago, so it was really special to be standing there again, this time without friends and family cheering us on, but instead holding our ten-month-old baby, Lucina. The day...
School is out, you've saved up some vacation time, and now it's time to take an awesome family vacation, one that your family will remember for years to come. So pack your bathing suits, cameras, and hit the road to the Whiteface region this summer...
You're engaged! Congrats! Now that you've said "yes" and are starting to think about saying "I do," why not an Adirondack wedding? Waterfalls, rocky peaks with stunning views, and fragrant forests -- the natural beauty of the Whiteface region makes it...
The Whiteface Region has it all. There are gorgeous views, peaks to climb, streams to fish, and even large attractions such as Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway and High Falls Gorge. You can party all night at the local hotspots or enjoy a romantic...
As my brother Josh and I drove through the Adirondack Mountains down winding Route 86, the most magnificent and beautiful river came into focus. I could feel its overall shape, its wandering path through the landscape, the depths of its center into...
Kiska napping.
Lost in thought in an expanse of pine trees in Wilmington, in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain, I become aware that something lightly colored is moving quickly through the undergrowth. Shifting from side to side, peering through the thin spaces...
#ADIRONDOG Do you have four paws, lots of fur, a nose for mountain air, and eyes for adventure? If you and your furry friends are looking to get your hike on, tell your humans to get you to the Whiteface Region. These Adirondogs will take you to the...
There's a food revolution taking place in the Adirondacks. Small farms throughout the region are lovingly crafting cheese, raising cattle, sheep, and goats, and tending vegetable plots, developing and crafting flavorful, gourmet products that are...
Responsible mountain bikers are happy mountain bikers.
Over the past few years, mountain biking has emerged as the go-to summer activity in the Whiteface Region. Thanks to the work of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), state Department of Environmental Conservation, and dozens of volunteers, miles of...
Almost there!
School's out for summer, and that means one thing--tackling our list of summer traditions. On this particular Wednesday we managed to cross off one of our coolest items. As you head up the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway you can't help but notice...
The Ausable River is hard to miss when visiting the Adirondacks. The river winds and moves through our many mountain towns. The famed West Branch flows through Lake Placid and Wilmington and the East Branch through Keene and Upper Jay until the two...
As soon as the temperature rises above freezing in the Adirondacks, it feels like it's time to break out the shorts. Our winters are wonderful but they are also long, so it's not surprising people head for the trails as soon as the snow starts melting.
The Whiteface region is a beautiful and peaceful area in the Adirondacks, consisting of four hamlets that are not to be missed on your visit: Ausable Forks, Upper Jay, Jay, and Wilmington. These family-oriented communities are full of fun things to do.
Imagine waking up outdoors and cooking breakfast on a real stove, then sipping on a cup of fresh-brewed coffee as you listen to the birds welcome the start of a new day. You slept on a real mattress so you're ready for your next adventure, and that...
It's pretty hard to ignore Whiteface Mountain when you're in Wilmington, but did you know we also have mountain bike trails, a beach, and a park where Christmas is a year-round event? Read on to learn more! The beach If you are traveling with family...
Imagine an intimate space filled with friends, some new and some old. All visitors are welcome here. Each table is adorned with a colorful display of pickled vegetables served in rustic, hand-shaped pottery, perfect for the peak of an Adirondack winter.
Adirondackers love their dogs! This means the region will welcome your furry friends along with you during your visit here. Below is a list of some pet friendly lodging in the Whiteface Region. Dogs love the wide open spaces and wilderness of the...
Did you know that in the Whiteface Region, there are two outstanding cheesemakers within a 20-minute drive from each other? Cheese lovers shouldn't miss either one -- the farms are as different from one another as their cheeses are delicious -- and...
Lungfuls of fresh Adirondack mountain air, thigh-burning exercise, and fresh powder are the ideal ingredients that will earn you rights to a hearty meal after skiing Whiteface Mountain. But the recipe for a perfect mountain meal varies, depending on...
5 Ways to Mountain Bike in Wilmington, New York As the mountain biking capital of the Adirondacks, New York's Whiteface Region is best experienced on two wheels. Whether you're just starting out or ready to tackle the greatest vertical drop in the...
Oh, a cabin in the woods, with the whispery fall of snow outside and the crackle of a fire inside. It is a wonderful base for snuggling, skiing, heart-to-heart talks over hot chocolate, and snowshoeing on a bluebird day. So very Adirondacks. The...
The right place to pop the question is almost as important as the question itself. This is where your fairy tale begins. This is the place that your partner will always think of when remembering the special day. I remember when my husband proposed...
The cliffs beckon I don't know how many times I've gazed up at the massive cliffs just past the entrance to Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and thought about how great the view must be from up there. I always figured it'd be easy to cut through the...
Snowboarding didn't work out for me, but that didn't stop me from getting on Whiteface Mountain. I worked hard all last year to feel comfortable on my snowboard. After taking an hour lesson and spending many days on the bunny hill, my fear of falling...
Do: Take a ride up Whiteface Mountain on the scenic Cloudsplitter gondola. It's like a bird's eye view--in flight! The eight-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola carries you from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface in fifteen minutes. As you...
A day in the Whiteface Region means being busy with outdoor adventure. Everything from skiing at Whiteface Mountain, hiking on a beautiful wintry trail, to snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the woods. Busy, cold days make warm apres a must. You...
Last year I took one big step toward adulthood, kissing my vagabond life behind and welcoming a "career" with - somewhat - open arms. While I love my job, my nine-to-five schedule, and regular dentist appointments (yay insurance) there's one big and...
Going up? Make sure you're dressed properly!
In the Whiteface Region, we relish getting close to the outdoors no matter the season. Winter turns our mountains into a slippery, frost-covered playground for snowshoeing, boarding, skiing, climbing, and fat tire biking. If you're looking for snow...
Stairs and walkways guide visitors through High Falls Gorge
It was a mild, late-December day, and snow had finally blanketed the ground. I wanted to see winter in the mountains -- boulder creases highlighted by mini snow piles and rock walls draped in rippled ice. I found what I was looking for in the rugged...
Santa gets around in the Whiteface Region!
Now that I have a daughter, I have realized the importance of forming a bond with Santa Claus, the mystical being who makes fancy toys and brings them to good girls and boys around the world. I'm not one for rubbing elbows with celebrities, but this...
The night is dark, the snow is bright white, and the lights are all lit up at Santa's Workshop at the North Pole. The Village of Lights happens on select weekends throughout the month of December each year. This year one of them happens to fall on the...
Whiteface Mountain, New York's fifth highest mountain, is a true year-round treasure that's begging to be explored. Whether you prefer to hit the slopes or simply sightsee from the top, Whiteface is a mountain for the people, accessible to anyone who...
Get some magic at Santa's Workshop.
So often, a visit to the gift shop is considered an afterthought after visiting an attraction. It's common to dismiss this kind of shopping unless actively seeking a souvenir. That would be a mistake, especially in the gift-giving season. The...
With a snow filled winter on the horizon, our thoughts in the Adirondacks are beginning to drift from fall to winter. Our mountains are beginning to become snow capped, Whiteface Mountain will soon open, and winter activities will abound. Dedicated...
Ledge Rock at Whiteface is located right across the road from Whiteface Mountain.
The Whiteface Region of the Adirondacks is located in the famous, awe-inspiring High Peaks, which is why the hiking, skiing, ice climbing, and other activities here are so exceptional. Lodging is also special, with a range of options that might...
Whiteface Mountain is big. The summit is 4,867 feet in elevation, and there are 86 trails -- totalling over 22 miles -- to choose from. So what are you looking for? We talked to life-long skier and ski instructor Marcy Fagan to get the inside scoop on...
Roland and Octavia were about halfway down the mountain when raindrops began tapping upon what little fall foliage was left on the trees. The trail became muddy, the rocks and roots slick, which slowed their descent considerably. Now they were on...
Something I love doing in the fall is simply taking a drive to view the foliage. For years one of my favorite fall drives has been through the Wilmington Notch. This winding road twists and turns along the Ausable River, connecting Lake Placid and...
In case you haven't heard, the forests around Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain have become a destination for mountain bikers of all skill levels in recent years. New trails are added every year, and the ever-expanding networks get better and more...
Just me and the kiddos on the best mountain in the world!
New York state has more ski areas that any other state. That has led to a solid ski culture. Most of these areas are small to medium-sized. I learned to snowboard at one of the smaller areas called Dry Hill. Dry Hill has 11 trails and only 300 feet of...
A favorite fall activity of mine is to leaf peep and there are so many different ways you can do it in the Adirondacks. You can take one of many scenic drives, hike to a summit, paddle a lake, and even check out the view from the top of a waterfall....
Get more skiing in with the lack of crowds midweek.
A ski getaway is all about as much as possible. Since weekends are popular, they are also more crowded and expensive.. By thinking a little outside the box, it is possible to get more for less. The Whiteface Region has midweek rates, for both lift...
Christmas in my family as a child was a really big deal. My mother was a kindergarten teacher and she had a special way of making holidays unique and full of magic. We had pixies that came down from the North Pole each year on December 1. These little...
Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay has a lovely setting. (photo Lisa J. Godfrey)
The epic Essex County Cheese Tour is an irresistible combination of many delightful things: the beauty of fall color, the gourmet experience of artisan cheeses, and the cheerful influence of goats. It can be a surprise that the Adirondacks, known for...
Fall starting to cook along the Ausable River.
With Adirondack fall comes the season for scenic drives. While these are deservedly popular for the sheer volume of fine vistas available, there are a few disadvantages. The driver doesn't get to look at the view as much as their passenger does...
While there are numerous ways to explore the Adirondacks, trail running is one of my favorites. Last week, as I set out on a long run with my training partner, covering many miles in the Whiteface region, I had an epiphany of sorts. Even though we...
Summer is coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner. The Adirondacks is a top choice for viewing the fall foliage, and the Whiteface Region is the place to be if you are looking for autumn fun. Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain Saturday...
The falls of Monument Falls are in that rocky area — see the distortions in the reflections as the water gets closer to the rapids.
Most of us have to consider our budget and how far it can stretch when we travel. If viewing the finest in fall foliage is your reason for the season, the Whiteface Region is a great place to visit. It has all the sumptuousness of New England's...
Hiking in the Adirondacks can be an amazing experience, if you come prepared. But if you don't, that amazing experience can turn into something much less enjoyable. Take it from me, an inexperienced hiker who hiked Catamount Mountain early fall...
This couple declared their meal at Up a Creek to be "fantastic." I believe them.
Since I love outdoor dining in the summer, the Whiteface Region is a favorite place for me to enjoy river breezes and stunning mountain scenery along with my meal. Dining in this charming region fits the category of "gourmet picnic with beverages....
Camping is without a doubt one of my favorite things to do on a summer weekend. And if you go to the right place, camping can involve a lot more than sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows, even though that's one of my favorite parts. I...
West Branch of the Ausable River
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...
You're almost there! After parking, visitors ascend the stone stairway to Whiteface's open summit.
Whiteface Mountain -- it's big, it's bold, it's beautiful. At 4,867 feet in elevation, Whiteface is New York's fifth highest mountain, and its pointy peak is also the most accessible. How you get to the top is up to you, but the payoff from the open...
To the top While there is no sweeter reward than reaching the summit after a long grueling hike, I firmly believe in the power of packing in as much as possible on your Adirondack getaway. Whether you're looking for bang-for-your-buck views, have some...
Explore Lake Everest with your choice of transport.
If the words "beach concert" makes your heart beat a little faster, mark your calendar for summer Thursdays at Wilmington Town Beach. This delightful park has a swimming beach and picnic pavilion. There's birding, a playground, and hiking trails sized...
Craft beer, a pretty restaurant, and amazing pizza and pasta Wilmington has some great new things going on, and with summer right around the corner the timing could not be better. During the summer months I love to take the gondola ride up Whiteface...
Photo Credit: Sugar House Creamery
Sugar House Creamery is an adorable farmstead creamery nestled in the Adirondacks. Their Brown Swiss Cows are getting ready to be released into the pasture after a long winter at this year's Green Grass Getdown, but don't think that's the only reason...
The Bridges of Essex County Today's feature: The Whiteface Region and neighbors. There is a romance to certain bridges that no one can really deny. Covered bridges, or bridges over beautiful streams and rivers -- it doesn't really matter, there is...
Kernels flying everywhere!
Spring is a time when most people's thoughts turn to warm weather and flowers. Truth be told, that used to be me. Growing up in Georgia, spring meant warm rains and blooming dogwood trees. And, of course, pollen and allergies. But not in the Adirondacks.
So pretty it's a shame to eat them. But a chocolate lover has to do what a chocolate lover has to do.
Spring is a cheerful time of year. The sun gathers strength, buds get ready to burst, and new life is springing into being all around us. The Whiteface Region is a wonderful place to enjoy the spring. Because there are some unique and charming...
Minutes from all the action at Whiteface Mountain.
If the idea of winter camping conjures up a shiver... you might not be doing it right. I love the outdoors in winter, but draw a line at the sleeping bag, no matter how thick it may be. But that's not all there is to our winter campgrounds. If you...
Whiteface Mountain is known for its wild beauty and steep terrain, boasting the greatest vertical in the East, but a lesser known key asset is its 5-star ski and snowboard school. Tucked away from the rest of the resort is the Bear Den Mountain area...
Ready to head out onto the ice
Finally... a Saturday off, my friends are free, and the weather looks great. It's time to head out onto the ice for some ice fishing! We've got our ice augers, tip-ups, bait, and we are ready to go. And, we're off! We decided to head to Franklin...
The more early mornings I spend skinning up Whiteface or earning turns in the backcountry, the more I believe that the best descents don't include a lift. It's the sound of your breath as you stop to turn back and see the sun begin to rise over the...
Andrew Weibrecht is serious about alpine skiing. The Lake Placid native has earned two Olympic medals in the Super G event -- the bronze in 2010 in Vancouver and the silver in 2014 in Sochi -- as well as placing high in a number of World Cup events...
Gabbroic anorthosite
Before the Olympics, before the Veteran's Memorial Highway, before it was even a mountain, Whiteface was buried under an imposing sheet of ice. That was 10,000 years ago, and the immense weight of a glacier was slowly receding and shaping the Adirondacks.
An experience for the entire family awaits you.
As a four-season natural attraction, High Falls Gorge is a wonderful family-friendly option for visitors to the Whiteface Region. It provides ample parking, photo opportunities at every turn, shopping, and dining. There are three paths for...
Talk about a great view!
When my kids and I head out on an adventure and travel to new places we always make a checklist of things we would like to do and see. The Whiteface Region has so much to offer in outdoor adventures that you could stay for days and not see some of the...
Wilmington is full of surprises. On the surface, it looks like a quiet, well-kept village, but there's a lot more beneath the surface. Wilmington is also a place where the towering mass of Whiteface Mountain dominates the horizon, mountain biking...
This is the view off the scenic byway 86E, two entrances on the left so if you miss the first you can catch the second entrance.
Quality time, togetherness, and renewal in nature. It can be experienced here, just off the scenic byway NY- 86E, within sight of Whiteface Mountain. I'm talking about a place called Monument Falls, where the trails roam alongside the Ausable River on...
Who invented the theme park? Such a complicated question will have many answers, but the Adirondacks' own Arto Monaco could make a compelling case that it was himself. The Adirondacks were once crowded with his creations. There was Old McDonald's...
Did you know Santa lives right here, in the Whiteface region at The North Pole? The North Pole is a magical place you can visit and meet Santa. We decided to ask him some important questions. He got right back to us with great answers. Enjoy! Dear...
These locally made cutting boards are works of art in themselves.
If you like hunting for the unexpected in unique kinds of shops, the Whiteface Region has a little shop with a magic reputation. The Riverside Thrift Store can look like an unlikely spot for so much enjoyment. Yet, over and over, friends and family...
The spirit of the season, in any season For some places in the world, it's hard to get into the Christmas spirit until late November or even December. The stores start selling their decorations, and they seem very out of place. Synthetic trees, gawdy...
It may be hard to ackowledge that winter is almost here, especially if you're still raking leaves. But the best deals can be found now, before we're knee-deep in the fluffy stuff. And Whiteface Mountain is no exception; they are offering up various...
The wolves come up to say hello to the members of the yoga class.
It's not the usual yoga class. Yoga with wolves happens every Wednesday at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center. It uses their new educational center, which has a wall with many windows. This new space is now a transparent part of...
Whiteface Mountain has romance with a view.
Romantic weekends have certain requirements. It's about the couple spending time on couple things. Pretty surroundings, relaxed hospitality, good food, and fun things to do together make everyone's must-have list. The Whiteface Region is a slice of...
Surrounded by rugged wilderness, void of slopeside lodging or commercial development, Whiteface Mountain is a purist's delight - a big ski hill with technical terrain and few distractions. It has the greatest vertical drop in the East and the folks at...
Hot fall color begins between the cool blues of sky and river.
Of course you know how to look at leaves! Or do you? Because the Whiteface Region has so many gorgeous options, so many acres of foliage, and so much blazing color, choosing a spot can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for a fantastic fall getaway.
Belle is ready to hike.
I'm always looking for new corners of the Adirondacks to explore -- considering how many corners this place has, I expect to be busy for a very long time -- so me and my wife, Anna, our dog, Belle, our friend Emilee and her dog, Roscoe, embarked on a...
Festival getting set up. Soon, it will be full of happy people.
Ever wanted to be part of one of those charming hometown celebrations? The kind most people have only seen in the movies? Make that dream come true by becoming a part of a real hometown festival. The second Saturday in September (this year, that is...
These charming books fit into custom sculptures to guarantee specialness for the words placed on paper.
Maybe it started back in the 1920s when the artist, activist, writer, and adventurer Rockwell Kent built Asgaard Farm. The Whiteface Region has had an element of artist's colony ever since. But then, the Adirondacks has always attracted artisans. The...
Ron, a loyal fan and overall good dude.
It was a good night. My band, Crowfeather, was getting ready to play at Pourman's Tap House in Wilmington, and the room wasn't empty. It's what anyone who's about to perform wants to see: Every time I looked up, the room looked slightly more crowded -...
Crossing the Jay Covered Bridge
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...
This is a very scenic drive, and it includes a castle.
This is the land of scenic drives. Even in a place known for its scenery the terrain surrounding Whiteface Mountain is a standout. From the constantly unfolding mountain vistas to the ways our rocky rivers flow through them, there is an appealing...
Bald eagles, photo by Joan Collins
Time spent outdoors is the best way to inspire children's interest in the flora and fauna of a region. Even if it doesn't turn them into ornithologists or botanists, they will be left with fond memories and an appreciation for wildlife. We spent a...
Welcome to our home away from home.
Girls' Night Out Oh, how I long for the days of my youth. Where I was wild and free, hitting the road for random weekend getaways with the girls, staying out until the bars closed, and eating decadent food in the wee hours. Nah, that's not true at all.
Suagr House Creamery, in the foothills of the Adirondack High Peaks
Their award-winning cheeses could not be made anywhere else and taste the same. The characters and flavors are born from the cow's milk that is flavored with the grass the cows eat, which picks up certain hues from the unspoiled Adirondack soil where...
Time to stretch our legs and take in a bit of history.
If country roads that meander alongside flowing rivers with a backdrop of majestic mountains sound like a good place to ride a motorcycle, you're in luck. We'll even throw in a side trip to the top of an Adirondack peak. Yup, you're in for a first-rat...
Wells Library picnic spot
It's officially summer in the Adirondacks, and that means... well lots of stuff. To me, summer means biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, climbing, and touring. The season also includes everyone's favorite way to prepare for, or recover from, all of...
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...
This month I did some research into one of my favorite activities - camping! I love it, as you'll find out reading this blog. My husband and I live in the woods in the Adirondacks. At home we can do pretty much everything camping-wise that can be...
Josh rolls a large rock out of the future trail.
The next time you're mountain biking in the Whiteface Region, consider this: Those winding paths, with their heart-rate-increasing obstacles and gentle dips and turns, were all constructed by hand. Imagine moving half-buried boulders with a steel...
Whiskey Run Registration Now Open in Whiteface Region - Down with Prohibition! By Guest Blogger: Michael Martineau Bet you didn't know that Wilmington, NY, was a hotbed of whiskey running during Prohibition did you? During the years of prohibition...
Craving terrain? Here is a banquet.
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...
Hooked Even Before Casting Out If the general feeling you have when you hear your alarm go off in the early morning hours is, ughhh, where is the snooze button, I need ten more minutes! Then we sympathize. But if the reason your alarm is going off...
So many views, so many ways to enjoy them.
So you're coming to the Wilmington area because of the fishing... even though you don't fish. Don't worry. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in our section of the Adirondacks. While your favorite fisherperson is out casting in our award-winning...
Ironman Volunteer It 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...
Thursday through Monday, 10 AM - get a tour of the animals in residence.
I parked my car and readied for what was sure to be a memorable experience. As the hour of 10:00 am approached, I heard the howling of several wolves. This can be a scary sound in a horror movie, but in the parking lot of a wildlife refuge, it is a...
StoreyFIT spin class
Spinning for Spring Have 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....
What began as a one-day tournament with only a handful of fishermen has expanded into a two-day event with close to 100 participants. But throughout the years, the mission remains the same: to celebrate the joy of fishing, the spirit of sportsmanship,...
Bronze bears
Well, here we are in the middle of spring in the Adirondacks again. For many of us who aren't fly fishermen, this season represents a seemingly endless transition between the last bit of skiable snow and the onset of mud-free mountain biking trails...
"It requires skill, grace, and patience," he said. "That is why women excel at it." That was a snippet from a recent conversation with fly fisherman, guide, and business owner Tom Conway. He confirmed what I had been hearing: that women take to fly...
These kids at Asgaard Farm are brand new and still getting the hang of things.
We celebrate fall as the time all our crops, having patiently grown through the summer, burst into ripeness and full maturity. But in the farms near Whiteface Mountain, spring can be the time new things are ready to appear. Like baby goats and cows...
For all your fueling needs, think of the Little Super Market!
A hearty breakfast is everyone's favorite way to fuel up before a fun day outdoors. To me, that means bacon. To my husband, it's something he can put real maple syrup on. But whatever your favorite breakfast consists of, here's three great ways to...
The Amos and Julia Ward Theatre is a lovely setting for many cultural events.
A great thing about the Adirondacks is how we can provide the unexpected. So often you can find our meticulous plans getting derailed by weather. Or maybe once you arrive you discover unplugging appeals more than revving up. Fortunately, we can...
Sometimes the mountain can be a pretty peculiar place. Whiteface Mountain is a local watering hole for those who might choose the path less traveled! Not sure what I mean? Let me show you. Every spring Whiteface Mountain holds their much-anticipated...
The wise old owl "hoo" watched quietly.
"First I traveled through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, past the Sea of Twirly Swirly Gumdrops".....oh no wait that's from Elf. There's just something about this stretch of woods and trails that makes that line instantly pop into my head....
Whiteface Mountain is in the mountain town of Wilmington, where the rivers meet.
Wilmington is always a great choice for a weekend of skiing at Whiteface Mountain. But it's also a wonderful destination for a couple who doesn't Alpine ski. This adorable little village is all about the romance. It has some delightful features which...
The serene scene of the calm morning on the mountain.
Friday January 20, 2017 I fumble for my phone at 05:08 a.m. as it alarms for the second time, and cautiously crack open one eye. I check the shortcut link on my phone's homepage for the Atmospheric Research Science Center summit conditions. Currently...
Check out this amazing new restaurant in the Whiteface Region.
The time has come where we are looking to buy a house. Our goal was to ease up on going out to dinner and start cooking more at home. This seemed like an easy New Year's resolution -- until we were told our friends were moving back to town, new...
All of our fishing gear
Grab your beer and bring your friends, because it might get cold without them. We even brought the dog, hoping he likes fish. We were the newbies out on the lake. My father, my friend Adam, and I had never been out ice fishing before. The last time I...
Members of the Whiteface ski patrol prepare to help an injured skier off the mountain.
We were halfway down Excelsior, an intermediate-level trail that begins at the gondola on top of Little Whiteface Mountain, when Luke Meissner's radio crackled. A young skier had taken a nasty fall near the bottom of a trail called Easy Street and...
There it was. An opening in my work schedule. The weather said snow for the two days prior. The kids are in school and my wife would be at work. That means it's time to head to Whiteface! So the texts go out to the usual suspects, but when the replies...
2016 Top 3 Blogs In Review We scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright funniest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them when they were originally published, here are our top three picks from the Whiteface...
Taylor
The Silver Lake Region can be found NW of Wilmington surrounded by wonderful peaks and waters and the rolling hills of the Taylor Pond Wild Forest. Located in in the SW corner of Clinton County and the SE corner of Franklin County you can find these...
The weather station on Whiteface Mountain can be seen from the base of the mountain.
For me, Whiteface Mountain is home to a veritable bucket load of bucket list items. Hike a High Peak? Check. Ski the biggest vertical drop in the East? Check. Get married on top of a mountain? Check. But even after all of that, Whiteface still holds a...
I fell not too long after this was shot. I got into some really deep snow.
I've only fat tire biked once before and it wasn't for long. I've been feeling a little adventurous lately and it occurred to me that I needed to give fat tire biking another chance. Of course, I don't tend to jump in and not do things the way you...
Coming soon: Pourman's Tap House.
Known for its seemingly endless natural beauty and outdoorsy pursuits such as skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing, the village of Wilmington may not immediately come to mind when planning a holiday outing, but let's not be too hasty. As the...
welcome sign
It's not easy to make Christmas happen all year long! But they manage to make it happen at Santa's Workshop, and they do it with a smile and plenty of Christmas cheer! Santa's head helper, John Collins, was kind enough to take some time out of his day...
Welcome to Whiteface Mountain!The snow has begun to fall, and we've all got winter on our minds. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center is gearing up for what they hope to be a busy winter season, and their snowmaking skills are top-notch and ready to go! I...
betters
Did you miss our top-rated social posts from the past year? We've got you covered! Video: Bike on in! The Whiteface Region is known for amazing pedaling. Challenging backwoods trails, paved roads, and miles and miles of scenic views await! Ready to...
The holidays are upon us, and it's always a party at Whiteface Mountain. The skiing is great and so is the apr?s ski atmosphere! With several dining options and tons of fun things going on, it's easy to kick back and relax after a day on the slopes...
The view
This Saddleback might not be as popular as the one that hundreds climb in the High Peaks Wilderness, but it should be. Its position in the Jay Range located between the High Peaks of New York and Vermont, it offers a view of a lifetime. Sure, there...
Photo Credit: Adirondack History Museum
Not all Halloween stories are spooky ghost tales that leave you wondering, what if? Some stories are merely a memory of what once was. The Land of Makebelieve in Upper Jay is now a ghost town destroyed by the forces of nature. Sadly nothing remains of...
Adirondack Loj Road is home to at least one bobcat sighting.
I know people who have lived in the Adirondacks their entire lives and have never seen a bobcat. I also know people who have caught fleeting glimpses of the creature while going about their business. Just the other day, a friend was telling me about...
Mountain bike rock jump
Here's the lowdown on the High Peaks. As a person with a built-in penchant for tree and rock climbing, I'd never thought about how being in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks could potentially affect those who are afraid of heights. The truth is that...
Joe Dougherty, aka Candyman, in his natural habitat.
Ah, chocolate. It's a mood elevator, an expression of love, and a treat of infinite variety. If you love chocolate, you will want to visit a source of great chocolate since 1977. Originally Candy man, now Adirondack Chocolates, is that source of...
Fun is always on the mountain bike agenda!
It's the season to spice up your ride with a bunch of fall color and some crisp fall air. Thursday evening I usually join the Adirondack Women's Mountain Bike Ride for a cruise around the woods. If you're a woman and love to ride your bike, come out...
Bonus challenge: How many rocks can you find in this photo?
There are a lot of rocks in the Adirondacks -- one of the most exposed expanses of anorthosite granite in the world occurs here -- but what about that other kind of rock? Kid Rock. Is there a connection between the man who helped pen "Bawitdaba" and...
The Ausable River flows right past McDougall's deck.
Last week I embarked on a mission to find and observe sports fans in their natural habitat: the sports bar. I am not a sports fan, so sports culture and the various species of sports fans found within have always mystified me. It was time to put my...
Trail
With the seemingly endless number of mountains within a half-hour reach of the Wilmington and Whiteface Region, how is one to choose which peak to "rock" out on. Well, unfortunately I don't have an answer for you that is written in "stone." However...
Festivities surround the Festival of the Colors
Celebrate the colors of fall For one of the best local home-grown events around, Wilmington hosts the 13th Annual Festival of the Colors in September. This event celebrates all things autumn in the heart of downtown Wilmington. The celebration...
Don't be afraid to linger on Whiteface's open summit.
The 4,865-foot Whiteface Mountain, New York state's fifth highest peak, is an Adirondack landmark that's difficult to miss. The enormous landmass rises some 10 miles north of most of the other High Peaks -- Adirondack mountains higher than 4,000 feet...
Road
Mr. McKillip was an early settler of the Alder Brook Valley, and what is also known as the Alder Brook Mountain Range. The McKillip family was one of many Irish settlers in the region and one of the families whose name lives on forever as part of our...
Copperas Pond Views
Trails Less Traveled The Whiteface Region is home to Wilmington, which is known to locals as the banana belt. It seems to always be sunny despite the weather patterns in surrounding villages. Thus, it lends itself to some amazing adventures and...
The main building. It was decorated with pretty lights at night.
I don't usually look to spend a night at a campground. If I'm on the road I've got a hotel booked and a guarantee I'll have wi-fi, a clean bathroom, and a bed. Camping for me involves taking an overnight hike out in the middle of the wilderness, away...
I immediately felt welcome at North Pole Resort's General Store.
Everything in the Whiteface Region is big, right? There are big mountain rivers, big mountain views, and the biggest vertical drop in the East. I wasn't surprised to learn that it's also home to one of the biggest beer selections around! Cheers to the...
A knight in plastic armor?
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...
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...
Autumn
Campgrounds are scattered throughout New York state -- some are privately owned and others are owned and operated by the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation. There are seven campgrounds that are close to Wilmington and the...
Relax
Camping with your pooch is like sleeping with a body pillow -- at least it is with my four-legged companion. The hard part can be planning for the extra mouth to feed, but in some cases it's finding a dog friendly retreat. That's why camping is the...
Farm Store Sugar House Creamery
Sugar House Creamery First stop on the tour takes us to the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, NY. Here you will find two farmers, Margaret Brooks and Alex Eaton and their beautiful farmstead creamery. They make their own aged cheese, raw milk, eggs...
Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race
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 Race For those of you who...
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...
Way
Duncan has been on my bucket list for quite some time, so after a little successful coaxing of my hiking friend Melissa I was on my way to seeing what's up there. Located in the Alder Brook Mountains, just north of Wilmington Center, we found...
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...
Whether you're roughing it or enjoying the woods in style, if you're in the Whiteface Region you've come to the right place. The campgrounds here can get you the wilderness experience you seek -- even if that means getting breakfast delivered to your...
Stewarts Ice Cream
On a nice hot summer day, how can you go wrong with a trip to go get some ice cream or some other sweet treat? We may not get the heat of Florida but it sure can get hot up here. I know after a nice long mountain bike ride, ice cream always seems to...
Stewarts Ice Cream
On a nice hot summer day, how can you go wrong with a trip to go get some ice cream or some other sweet treat? We may not get the heat of Florida but it sure can get hot up here. I know after a nice long mountain bike ride, ice cream always seems 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...
Warm-up on Coniferous
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...
Slices of Whiteface Mountain
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...
Arriving at Whiteface Mountain Bike Park
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...
The open floor plan in "Kimmy's Always Right."
Wilmington is a vacationer's paradise with its fine selection of motels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, and rental properties. I've stayed in the beautiful cabins at the Wilderness Inn II, and several people who rented rooms at the nearby motels during...
Two of the most physically grueling events in the Adirondacks take place right here in the Whiteface Region! Participating athletes will enjoy the clean, crisp mountain air as they complete these amazing competitions. uphill all the way (almost) The...
Entering the alpine zone
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...
So pretty!
I've driven past it without taking much note dozens of times. But I finally got a chance to stop and explore the Jay Covered Bridge earlier this year, and I was thrilled that I did. The site of the bridge is gorgeous. There's a beautiful little park...
The Whiteface Region will see a great new dining option in a totally awesome location at the end of May! While the summit of Whiteface Mountain has long housed a snack bar, this year brings a whole new dining experience to the Whiteface Mountain Castle.
Running
Not feeling up to par for spring hiking? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or perhaps you just took the winter off? Whatever the reason you can always get yourself ready to hike the trials. It's tough to climb a High Peak right out of the...
One of the things on my bucket list is learning how to fly fish. I've fished Placid Lake since I was a little girl sitting on my Dad's lap, but have never fly fished. I've watched enviously from the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River, as...
Do you know what geocaching is? I didn't. At least, not exactly. Ok, so I had a rough idea and had heard people talking about it now and then. But I wanted to try finding a "cache" and hadn't the first idea how to go about it. As luck would have it...
I do, I do, I do.
My wife and I have a lot in common, a fact I like to think was a major contributor to our marriage. Besides things like a mutual appreciation of nature, art, and other cultures, we both like to do things ourselves. If something needs to be fixed, we...
Photo credit: nouse.co.uk
Whiteface Region welcomes new business venture tyed into the opening of Fishing Season. WILMINGTON, NY -- Knot Your Average Fly-Guy, located in Wilmington, NY is pleased to announce a new partnership with virtual fashionista Raquel Bass formerly of Be...
Road
Some days you just have to take it easy and visit a few of the little things in life. Corenne and I started out our travels by swinging over to Black Brook, near Ausable Forks to visit a fire tower peak that surely doesn't get much for visitors...
I love food. So much. My family actually openly makes fun of how much I eat, but it doesn't even phase me anymore. And, it certainly doesn't stop me from finding great places to eat -- which is exactly what I have found at the Wilderness Inn II...
Two thumbs up for spring snowboarding at Whiteface.
Don't count Whiteface Mountain out yet. Yes, this winter has lacked the normal snowfall depths we've come to expect in the Adirondacks, but that doesn't mean it's time to pack up the skis or snowboard. There are dozens of trails open, and when you...
Other hikers are a common sight on Jay Mountain.
I normally go hiking at least once a week, but when the days are longer that number jumps to three or four. My wife and I have been busy renovating a house, though, so my average trail days have plummeted to one every few weeks. With that in mind, it...
Fran Betters, Cabinet Magazine
It's all about the look of what's on the hook. From a brook trout's perspective, it's a waste of precious energy to go after something that isn't a sure thing. Potential fodder has to be the right shape, color, and size, and it has to move the right way.
The trail to Copperas Pond begins on the busy state Route 86 in Wilmington.
On the right day, even the popular Copperas Pond feels like a secluded backcountry oasis. Go there, as I recently did, when the snow is blowing and the temperatures struggle to stay above zero. It's possible, even a mere half mile from the road, for...
Snowmobile trail
It was 1876 when a very rudimentary map was created for St. Armand, Wilmington, North Elba, and Keene. Essentially it was a wide overview of Essex County and showed basic locations of mountains and other features, but one feature caught my eye...
Wilmington's Skate Park
The Town of Wilmington is near and dear to my heart. A place where my adoration for the mountains is able to exponentially grow. A place such as this is what makes the Adirondacks so wonderful. Every town, village, and hamlet intertwines so graciously...
The Boreal Birders
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...
A painted turtle that was hit by a car now has a newly repaired shell.
The last time I spoke to Wendy Hall on the phone she was distracted by a crow named Russell, which was loudly squawking in the background. Russell has an affinity for perching in her hair and often follows Wendy, who started the Adirondack Wildlife...
Ready to hike for the rise?
2015 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEW We scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright funniest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top 3 picks from the Whiteface Region. Enjoy! #3.
"Apr?s-ski (French: after skiing) refers to any form of entertainment, nightlife, or social event that occurs specifically at ski resorts" - Wikipedia definition. My memories of apr?s-skiing are many and varied from fondue and pool parties to...
Santa's Workshop - the first sign that we are getting close!
Every year we faithfully don our full winter gear, pack up the car, and head to Santa's Workshop in North Pole, NY. As we hit the town of Wilmington and see our first indication that we are getting close, the excitement builds - for everyone in our...
Entering into the magical kingdom...Whiteface!
There are so many family-fun things to see and do in the Adirondacks in the winter! Wilmington is the home of Whiteface Mountain, which was rated as one of the best mountains to ski in the East! If skiing isn't your thing, High Falls Gorge offers one...
Slides
Whiteface is full of adventure "A climb to remember" would be a more fitting title to this adventure on the Olympic mountain. As a hiker and snowshoer I have never ventured into the realm of downhill skiing, but more into the less-likely-to-crash...
Winter and the holidays are right around the corner. The Whiteface Region is plentiful with activities that won't break the bank, and are fun for the whole family. Grab your family and your winter gear, and head to Whiteface Region to indulge in some...
Two signs, one diner
Few things in life are perfect. That's what we've all come to expect. Sure, when we were young and naive, we believed that the world was flawless - or at least had the potential to be - but then the disappointments of reality crush our utopian dreams...
Candy Man's three foot santa! Enter to win this chocolate Santa!
Thanksgiving is only a week away, which means the winter holidays are just around the corner! This year, I wanted to be sure my gifts reflected the Adirondack spirit, and so I went looking for some exclusive shops that would help me get my shopping...
Skis, skates, you decide!
As a 26-year-old who has lived in the Adirondacks her whole life, it seems surprising to many people that I just learned how to ski last year. But, I have been a figure skater since I was 7. It consumed a large portion of my life - which was fine by...
Awesome views from an awesome mountain!
Winter is creeping up on us, and it's time to start gearing up to hit the slopes. But first, let me tell you about some pretty impressive, environmentally conscious improvements that have been made to Whiteface Mountain this year. Being nestled in...
Line waiting to enter the Hall!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, partly because I love costumes and partly because my birthday falls right around Halloween, so I always had a Halloween theme for my parties when I was a kid. I like to dress up, carve pumpkins, and decorate...
I love Christmas decorations!!
The chill is in the air...the mountains have had its first frost and snow...it must be the beginning of Christmas season! Nothing makes me happier than Christmas. I love the decorations. I love the Christmas music on all the radio stations. I love...
Meet the wolves
I'm a huge animal lover and I always have been. I'm that person that swerves my car so I don't hit a chipmunk. So I guess you could say I was excited to go to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington for the first time. I...
Stairs
A bit of trail before a bit of forest As I sit writing this flashback story that is engraved in my head, Corenne is playing the part of Shelly Duval standing over my shoulder reading as I ponder behind the computer as Jack Nicholson. She thinks it's...
When we begin to notice the late-summer sun slanting more and more toward fall, I like to hop into our bright blue 1995 Mustang rag-top, put the top down and ride around the North Country with the wind whipping around and the sun beating down. A...
Cheesemakers in Essex County are a growing segment of the young and emerging farm communities. North Country Creamery's Ashlee Kleinhammer, one of the cheese producers in the county, will be participating. You can support your local farmers every day...
Party pants - better known as lederhosen in Bavaria
Get your beer steins polished up and your party pants on (better known as lederhosen in Bavaria). Then grab your friends and head to Wilmington, New York for the Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest! The annual event has become one of the most popular of...
Herd path
Exploring an obscure peak in the Sentinel Range As a sort of five-year reunion, I decided to head back into the Sentinel Range - but more specifically onto Notch Mountain. The Sentinel Range is a large tract of land resting in a true wilderness state...
A topo map shows Esther Mountain on the other side of Whiteface from the ski center
Just what is a "badass" When I volunteered to write a blog post about "badass" Whiteface Region women, I was a little worried I might offend someone by asking them to be a part of my blog. After all, badass can and does have some negative connotations.
8/3/2016 Editor's note: When thinking about swimming holes in the Whiteface Region this favorite spot always comes to mind. We hope you enjoy this blog from the archives -- we'll have to check back with blogger Chelsea to see if she managed to take a...
Panoramic of Whiteface from 9N towards Jay
Plan a day the Adirondack Artisan Way A scenic day drive for Wilmington, Jay & Ausable Forks I love when I'm on vacation & locals help map out a scenic drive or list of some cool spots to see while in the area. This blog recently took me on the path...
fireworks
If you like music on the Fourth of July, the Whiteface Region is a good place to be. After BBQing with the family, head to Whiteface Mountain for some live tunes with YnotBlue. The Adirondack three-piece band plays, as they state on their Facebook...
My buddy Doug Quinn waiting for me at the Lake Everest Boat Ramp.
A day on the West Branch Trout Fishing on the AuSable River My canoe was finally finished, the weather forecast was for an Adirondack "bluebird day," and my buddy Doug was itching to wet a line. Since part of the objective for this outing was to see...
Map
Adirondack Primitive Camping at its best I would like to tell you about two of my favorite camping spots in the Whiteface Region of the Adirondacks: Cooper Kiln Pond and the Whiteface Brook Lean-to. While many more camping options do exist (for...
Wanika Falls
Bushwhacking a High Peak... or Two When I left you last we had come down from a half-day adventure of three peaks and settled in for the night after planning this days adventure: a bushwhack up Street and Nye. The route we were about to take, although...
Lots of action, lots of fun!
What's that I hear? Ah, the sweet sounds of summer. One of the best things about living in the Adirondack Park is the abundance of outdoor concerts throughout the summer season. Perhaps it's the long winters, or just the fact that we love taking...
Wanika Falls
A new route up Street and Nye I guess you might call this a do-it-yourself High Peaks adventure with a bit of an added bonus. It was such a long-planned trip with a bunch of cool stuff to see that we decided to make this a two-day adventure, and over...
Anglers far and wide are gearing up for this year's Annual Ausable River Two-Fly Challenge. Taking place on the iconic and world-renowned West Branch of the Ausable River, the event spans two days with not only fishing, but socializing, demos, and more.
Bike by lake
There is no better place to ride motorcycles than the Adirondacks. OK, I haven't actually ridden a lot of other places, but I do know that the Adirondacks are a great place for it. There are tons of scenic, back-road loops that can take you an hour...
Repel
Is it time to play in the mud!!? Spring is a time when life is rejuvenated to those aspects of nature that we love so dear. The grass gets greener, the buds on the maples start to pop, the beavers start to do spring housekeeping and repairs on their...
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...
Dog Camping
Happy Tails Puppy Jackpot is the saying I use for a dog who gets adopted into a great home. There seem to be a lot of winners in the Adirondacks. Living in this dog-friendly community, canines are our constant companions - we tend to do almost...
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...
Nothing small is really that "fun"
Author's Note: The following is a mostly true story about a man and his sandwich. Anyone who has traveled in the Adirondacks knows that there are great places to eat. We have high-end restaurants, greasy spoons, diners, and almost every other type of...
Whiteface Brook
An adventure summiting Whiteface This tends to be a yearly endeavor of mine and this year is no exception. However this season the cold has been brutal and being exposed on the side of Whiteface probably wasn't the wisest of choices, but we were...
One of my favorite sunrises. Taken from Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower.
Hiking to See the Sunset and Sunrise One of my favorite things to do in the Adirondacks is to hike a mountain to watch the sun go up or come down. I love watching and photographing this anywhere, but being on top of the world makes it just that much...
...and apparently a wool business suit?
From the moment the sport of skiing was invented, people have been adding their own style. And while skiers in the 1800s rocked wool knickers and sweaters, today's skiers and riders wear a much more...diverse wardrobe. Ski Fashion Takes Off Let's...
If you're looking for some ski fun during the next few weeks, look no further than Whiteface Mountain! As February leads us into Spring-thinking, the mountain has a few really fun things to offer up to skiers and riders. Weekly live entertainment...
no snow no problem, there's snow in the whiteface region
Cross-country skiing, or Nordic skiing as some may call it, is one of my favorite and most frequented Adirondack pastimes. I can be found out in the woods with my dogs every day and when there's snow you can bet I'm on my cross-country skis. Let me...
Wild, spectacular, and rich with history The 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...
Climbing Hurricane
Not feeling up to par? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or maybe you just want to try something new? Let's talk snowshoeing. Whatever the reason you can always get yourself in shape for the trails of the Adirondacks. It's tough to go...
we got service with smiles for the entire occasion
The mountain we wanted for our wedding was in Wilmington, New York. While most people think of Little Whiteface as a ski mountain, it's just as gorgeous, and for our purposes, even more useful, as a location for our summer marriage vows. Because.....
Whiteface Mountain Uphill Ski Rules and Guidelines
Whiteface Mountain has a long standing Adirondack tradition of skiers skinning up the trails for a run before the mountain is open. For a couple of years I was the Development Director at NYSEF (New York Ski Educational Foundation) and my office was a...
Cobble Ledge
A nice addition to the "family snowshoe outing" family Cobble Lookout is a brand new trail to the Whiteface Region and practically still has that new trail smell. The trail as it originally existed was used for years by locals to access a rocky view...
Starting off the New Year in an alpine state of mind? Ski or ride Whiteface and join in some of the fun events they're offering this month. Why not rock out at Whiteface this winter Why Not Wednesdays - almost every Wednesday (holidays not included) -...
POKO
An Adirondack Firetower Challenge---Try a new list OK, so the list really isn't new - but it might be to you. Have you been working on the 46 High Peaks, but need a break from long strenuous days? Maybe you are up here with the family and you want to...
Riding Haselton Road
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. EVENTS The snow had...
Adventure Zone is a great new choice for Summer at Whiteface Mountain
We spent more time exploring the Whiteface Region this year than ever before - and we are so glad we did! Here are four of my family-friendly highlights from the 2014 year! Running Hot & Cold SUMMER AT THE MOUNTAIN This year, we found out just how...
Whiteface Mountain Ski Area
While it may have started out as a typical day with me heading in to work at 8am, I had plans to get out from behind the computer today. I tried to rip through my emails and work as quickly as I could. Not because it was Friday, but because I had an 1...
Eagle
A day in the life of a Slide Climber--Flashbacks for all seasons The High Peaks Region is becoming quite well known for their slides and the use of those slides to access the summit of many of the Adirondack's mountains. There are even slides that...
Creamery open for business!
Indulge Me Really. For just one day in my life I would like to indulge in copious amounts of chocolate, decadent full-fat cheese, greasy delicious fries, and some good old-fashioned beer (by the bottle or the draught - heck, even the can). So, you...
Who is this so-called wolfman? After experiencing one of the most amazing and educational outings I've done in recent memory, I dubbed my host, Steve Hall, "the wolf man." Steve conducts almost daily walks with the wolves who reside at the Adirondack...
Boulders on the trail
The "white" Crows - An unexpected snow squall brings a thin blanket of powder A late-day start on Thanksgiving eve brought me, Corenne and Emily to a long overdue revisit of two of the most attractive smaller Adirondack Peaks in the Hurricane Mountain...
Whiteface Mountain can lay claim to having some great deals and great entertainment on a very regular basis throughout the winter season. Find a winter wonderland and some very special events at Santa's Workshop during December, while other events...
Remember... it's all about the choices. And the willpower. And the stress. And...
I try. I really, really try. But... Healthy around the holidays is hard! Right? I mean, there are days and days, weeks even, of delicious food, parties, cookie exchanges, craft fairs with tasty treats... the list goes on and on, so do the calories...
Water Bottle Parka - looks cozy doesn't it!?
While yes there are four-seasons, the winter is one of the hardest seasons to keep yourself well-fed and hydrated while recreating in the Adirondacks. With winter comes a couple of typical excuses: 1) It's cold and who would want to stop for long...
Fall may be over, but the fish are still biting!
It's not over yet... cast on! Trout season officially ended in New York State on October 15th, but don't put your fly fishing rod, waders and boots away - many fly fishing opportunities are still available in the Northern Adirondack region. New York's...
Drive up Whiteface Memorial Highway, Castle in the distance
Whiteface Mountain and the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway are amazing tourist attractions. We all know this. Our friends come to visit in the summer and fall and we take them up the highway to the "castle"; as the snow hits it's a trip up the...
snowmaking at whiteface mountain
Preseason through Ski Season In the Whiteface Region we've got you covered. "We don't plan anything around natural snow. We get it but we're not dependent on that," Aaron Kellett, Whiteface Mountain Manager It's no surprise that after the leaves have...
The above photo is of NYS Governor Averell Harriman dedicating Whiteface Mt. Ski Center and skiing during the same day. The woman with the crown is local figure skating coach, Priscilla Hill, who taught figure skating with the Skating Club of Lake...
Winch
Fun and Interesting Names of the Adirondack Mountains There are so many fascinating names found around the world, but honestly it's very unclear how many of them get their names. The Wilmington Whiteface Region is no different in that regards. I have...
One of Nathan Farb's large format images. Echo Pond, located in Lake Placid
If you're lucky enough, as I was, to spend an afternoon with Nathan Farb, you'll come away inspired and awed by his work, especially if you're an avid photographer like myself. I was thrilled to have had the amazing opportunity to speak with this...
Flume
The fall is here, the leaves are covering the ground, and the days are slowly getting shorter and shorter. This is by far the best season for hiking, because the days are also much cooler, and the biting bugs have finally gone away. Ever consider...
Jay Mountain trail head
No pain, no gain... I haven't attempted a climb of any significance since doing Mt. Marcy about 15 years ago. During that climb I discovered I could still go UP forever, but one of my knees had decided it didn't like the going DOWN part. The last 3...
fall catch, landlocked atlantic salmon, fly fishing ADK
Cast your line Fall is just around the corner; the leaves are starting to turn color and gently fall, and the rhythmic singing of crickets fills the air. The days are getting shorter, throwing early long shadows across the waters of the Adirondack...
Frost
It sure has been a brisk end of summer and we still have a week to go. It's starting to feel like fall out there and more so - look like it. This can be a very tricky season to hike in and keep comfortable, but with proper planning and know-how you...
WHITEFACE MT OKTOBERFEST
It's time once again to start planning for Whiteface Mountain's 22nd Annual Oktoberfest. This year's festivities take place the weekend of October 4th and 5th beginning at 10am each day. The fun continues until 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday...
Spectacular view from the summit of Whiteface Mountain
The Whiteface Region is full of events, year-round, but some of our favorites happen to take place in early fall. With the warm, blue-sky days, and clear, crisp nights of September, not to mention the backdrop of the flaming leaves, you won't want to...
Flume
4 Spectacular Scenic Destinations Family fun in the Wilmington area The Whiteface Region has so much to offer to every kind of outdoor recreational enthusiast, but maybe you would prefer a relaxing day of sight-seeing without the extended time in the...
Oliver remembers taking a photo on this spot last year - so, of course, we had to take one again this year!
When thinking about fun things to do with our littlest friends while visiting the Whiteface Region, Santa's Workshop always comes to mind. Check out this blog from our archives (originally published 8/8/14) and then start planning your family-friendly...
The Jay Green filled with music lovers
Most of the time when you mention "JEMS" outside of Jay, New York, you'll get a puzzled look in return. But mention it in the Town of Jay and faces light up. JEMS stands for Jay Entertainment and Music Society. According to Heather Benfield, publicity...
Stag
Family outingsA Selection of 1-2 hour hikes in the Whiteface RegionStag Brook FallsHow to get to Stag Brook Falls: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 9.2 miles to the...
6 Children, 3 Adults, 1 Mission: Fun For All - Adventure Zone Reality TV Has Nothing On This Gang We are a motley crew. Routinely as we pile out of the circa 80's limo - which doubles as the family travel vehicle - more than a few people pull out...
Wilmington Town Beach
Of course the Whiteface Region takes on a decidedly outdoor feel during the summer months, just like in the winter months! However, the dominant theme for events this time of year (mid-to-late summer) leans more toward the arts than sports. Our...
Haselton Road
Ride for a Cause So, 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...
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...
In the pass
Sunrise NotchA hike through historyI have looked at this hike many times over the years while driving through Wilmington Notch or looking at the maps I have so neatly organized at home; it was finally time to go. Looking at older maps I noticed a...
Air Time at the Dirt Jumps
#10: Be sure to check out the Jump Jam/Trials Exhibition on Friday Night This 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...
Boardwalk
3-Seldom Visited Treasures of Silver Lake - a Bog, a Bluff, and a Mountain Silver Lake is a small community resting northwest of the village of Wilmington, along county roads, which ramble through the mountain country like a lazy river. With the hype...
As the Whiteface Region gears up for summer, some of the most exciting events take place every year before summer even begins. When the Adirondacks is in one of it's prettiest times of the year, with the brilliant greens of the freshly leafed out...
Whiteface Fishing
It's Open Fishing Season in the Adirondacks Early spring and April bring the opening of fishing season here in the Adirondacks. Every angler is eager to get out and fish. The Adirondacks is a place where early fishing can be tricky, but still folks...
Trail
Catamount Mountain A gem of the Whiteface Region Spring is an excellent time to move away from the High Peaks where the mud outweighs the fun. While yes, many of the lower mountains and lower elevation hiking trails are still muddy, they do tend to...
Fishing in the Wilmington Flume
Spring is all about fishing Spring in the Whiteface Region means one big thing - fly fishing! This year, the season is getting a bit of a late start due to the snow cover and ice remaining in the area waterways, but trout season officially opened on...
Hardy Rd. Trailhead
To Bike or ski When I helped to build the Make Believe Trail at the Hardy Rd. trail network alongside dozens of other Barkeater Trails Alliance volunteers, I knew it would be an instant classic mountain bike trail. The undulating terrain features and...
Beaver Meadow Falls
Must Do Winter Waterfall Hikes in the Adirondacks Year-round Beauty in the Adirondacks Waterfalls in winter seem to get ignored by many hikers as destination locations. Sure, it wouldn't make much sense to check out a waterfall whose main source of...
The Cooper Kiln Slide
Slide Skiing: The Cooper Kiln Slide Witnessing the power and the beauty of mother nature by skiing, or simply standing next to a landslide path in the Adirondacks is an interesting and wonderful experience. Landslide paths can be explored in any...
Blue skies and spring temps make for spectacular days at Whiteface
Could it possibly be almost Spring? We've had so much snow and great winter weather this year, it's hard to imagine Spring is just a couple weeks away. And yet, all the fun slopeside events are here. Outside deck parties, fun spring races and most...
One of Whiteface Mountain's expert Ski Tuners uses a machine to flatten the ski before edging
Mountainside Tuning Worked for Me Today, as I was arching turns down my favorite trail at Whiteface Mountain, Skyward, it dawned on me that maybe it was time for a tune-up. I've been skiing on my new skis since the mountain opened in November, and...
Brook
Holcomb Pond Snowshoeing to an obscure pond With a couple hours to kill on a somewhat not so sunny afternoon I took the opportunity to visit a nice little pond that rarely gets visited and whose trail is becoming very hard to find. It's been a couple...
Franklin Falls Rd. Trailhead
The Cooper Kiln Trail is a fantastic 5.9 mile point to point route between Franklin Falls Road and Bonnieview Road. Due to the significant change in elevation this trail is recommended for intermediate or advanced level cross country skiers. Those...
Catch some of the great racing action at Whiteface Mt.
During the upcoming weeks in the Whiteface Region, Whiteface Mountain dominates the events calendar. With live entertainment and some fun and serious competitions, the action doesn't stop at "The Mountain". As far as racing goes, New York Ski...
The Trailhead
Enjoyable Skiing at the Flume in Wilmington You can call me a sissy, a wuss or any other name you can think of, but I when woke up this morning I simply did not want to go outside. The thermometer at my house read -12F, the wind was howling, and I...
Apres Anyone? What do you enjoy most about your day hitting the slopes? Is it the rush you get flying down the mountain? Is it the feeling of accomplishment for challenging yourself? Or maybe you don't hit the slopes at all and are looking for a great...
Whiteface Mountain Host Patroller Sandy organizes the First Tracks participants
Get First Chair and Fresh Snow! If you like being the first one on the mountain, Whiteface has a program for you. The complimentary First Tracks Program offered by the Whiteface Mountain Host Patrol in cooperation with the SnowSports School gets 14...
Moguls competition of the Wilderness Trail at Whiteface Mountain
World Cup Freestyle Skiing & Moguls January in the Whiteface Region is all about getting outside and taking part in winter events at Whiteface Mountain. Each week Whiteface offers a host of on- and off-hill activities and events to keep you active and...
Parking for the beginning of the "Poor Man's Downhill Trail" with the Jay Range in the background
Cross Country Skiing Poor Man's Downhill Trail A winter Cross Country Ski and summer Mountain Bike trail The 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...
View near Marble
Five Top Snowshoe Hikes in the Wilmington, Whiteface Region Snowshoe some of the best Flume Knob This short hike is located just north of the Whiteface Ski Center at the Flume Falls Trail-head. This round-trip snowshoe is just over 2-miles and will...
USANA FIS Freestyle World Cup
Ski season has kicked in and the entertainment at Whiteface Mountain has begun. There are events on the hill and off the hill. Something for everyone, even non-skiers. See the World's Best Compete on their way to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi One...
A beautiful scene on the Toll Road
Skiing the Toll Road on Whiteface Mountain The Whiteface Mountain Veteran's Memorial Highway, affectionately known as the "The toll Road" offers some of the best early season skiing in the entire Northeastern United States. All it takes is a few...
Toddlers Ski Whiteface
Family Skiing in The Adirondacks Downhill Skiing with the whole family at Whiteface Mountain The Adirondacks offer an excellent opportunity to downhill ski with the entire family. From skiing with toddlers to the grandparents we have you covered...
It is 5:45 pm and I am hoping that it is still Tea Time in AuSable Forks. I have been trying to make it to this eclectic little antique shop for some time now (it opened in the spring of 2013) and though it keeps regular hours (3 pm to 6pm daily) my...
There's nothing like fresh snow for bushwhacking. I had been eyeballing this route for quite some time and the blue skies accompanied by the fresh white snow, talked me into it. Once we got the drive to the parking area out of the way, we were...
There are so many gimmicks out there for after sport recovery, it's become hard to know what's real or not and what can harm you further or help you along. Unfortunately I can't tell you what to use or how it may affect you; your doctor needs to do that.
Silver Lake Mountain is an excellent "bang for your buck" mountain and the perfect snowshoe destination for the entire family. With a short 0.9 mile hike you will have outstanding views with a hike over varied terrain that will get everyone the full...
I'm here in Upper Jay amidst the hubbub of rehearsal for an original play by Upper Jay Art Center (UJAC) artistic director, Scott Renderer. Scott, who is a former NYC Wooster Group actor, is also featured in the play which is titled: "Nick (A...
The weather is a bit odd and the conditions are in the least, very wet, but it was time to get out and play a little. I had my eye on the Sentinel Range and decided to go for the much easier option in Slide Mountain. I had been up on Slide many times...
As usual the Whiteface toll road delivers for the first ski tour of the year. With the recent snowfall of 12 inches on the summit, the road was sure to have enough to play on. The toll road is an excellent place to shake off the summer legs and get...
The snow and ice is here, while it might not stick around for too long, the cold weather up high just might. No matter the course of the future, the current conditions are what you should think about. With that being said, get out your traction devices.
This guided outing had been planned for a few weeks and luckily for us the weather turned out to be very good. Planning a guided trip so far in advance is tough, mainly because the weather is so unpredictable. After a bit of discussion we decided to...
As many of you may know, I like to get off the beaten path once in a while and explore new places that many don't see or even think about. It was almost a washout of a weekend, but since I spent a good portion of Saturday at the October Fest at...
While some of my friends are preparing for the Octoberfest on Whiteface Mountain, others (including myself) are enjoying, or in my case also enduring, the art of dance. Though this North Country of ours seems remote at times--with Burlington, Albany,...
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...
Big Cherrypatch Pond is one of those hidden little gems found in the Lake Placid/Wilmington Region that gets little visitation from outdoor enthusiasts. However, it should. Within a stone's throw of Route 86 this somewhat forgotten body of water sits...
With fall right around the corner and some of the best months for hiking in the region, consider Wilmington and the Whiteface Region as your go-to base camp for hiking and other outdoor recreation. The Whiteface Region is home to a variety of...
I love paddling in the fall of the year with the cool air and crisp nip that the early mornings so often bring. The changing colors of the leaves are also a fantastic addition to the soft sounds of the water splashing the hull of the boat.This...
I wish I could get out and do more bushwhacking than what I do, but it's been a crazy summer, which by the way, I have no idea where it went so fast. I did manage to find almost a full day to go play and I always love venturing out into secluded...
Heading down the Ridge Trail
Long before mountain biking at Hardy Road became popular, local off-road riders only had the Flume Trail network, right across the River from the Hungry Troutto work with. When I first heard of the trail network's existence it was explained to me that...
Riders, beginning their descent from the top of "Poor Man's Downhill"
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...
A rider the Hardy Rd. trail system
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...
photo: downhillmike.com
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.
I couldn't think of a better morning hike than Bear Den Mountain and it had been almost a year, to the day, since I had been up there, so it would be a nice revisit. I started out the hike by snapping a few pictures of the goldenrods and Queen Anne's...
Cycling North Jay Road
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...
Getting warmed up
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...
If all goes as planned, and it usually does with the trico hatch, expect some superb fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable River over the next few weeks.And don't be intimidated by the prospect of fishing a size 22 dry fly (and sometimes smaller)....
Youngs Gallery in Jay has been a magnet for art lovers for more than 30 years. And Terry and Sue Young are still going strong traveling in new directions with fresh images and new designs. This evening the couple is unveiling some new works at their...
It's just one of those things, I needed to get out and I took a chance on a small patch of blue sky which just so happened to be hovering over the area I was near, so I made a last minute decision to head up Flume Knob.Flume Knob is not a recent...
Riders line up to tackle the Whiteface climb.
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...
A heavy - well, not too heavy, because you don't want to compete with all those insects - Green Drake hatch is probably the dream of just about every fly fisherman around late May to mid-June. But to be honest, it's pretty much a hit-and-miss thing...
Paul Johnson is a man of many talents--baker, gardener, builder, theatre director, opera singer, to name just a few. He is also the host of an annual community potluck that draws a huge crowd from Jay and outlying towns. This year, the celebration is...
Barkeater Trails Alliance Volunteers hard at work Photo: Josh Wilson
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...
Ironman In Training Kyle Mochol on the Bloomingdale side of "River Rd.
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...
The Beaver Brook Trail System is located in the Wilmington Wild Forest and has become a go to destination for mountain biking in theregion. But what many don't know is that the trail system is also a killer destination for trail running. Now that...
It's funny sometimes how words can have entirely different meanings when used in pretty similar contexts, and if you don't believe that say "she's hot" instead of "it's hot" when your wife is standing by your side, watching you steal a glance at a...
If you look at an average fly-fisherman's fly box, you'll soon realize that the challenge of the annual Ausable River Two-Fly Competition might not be catching the fish, but deciding which flies to use.Because that's all you get.I'd really have to...
Welcome to the Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay where performances always start late and the atmosphere can't be beat. As the performers today verbalize, to be here is like being in someone's big old living room. Not only are we treated to fabulous...
It's not truly the "first" outing of the year. That was actually on Opening Day and, truth be told, I didn't expect to catch anything anyway. So there. But on my first real outing of the year, I did want to hook that first fish, play it into my hands...
This is the time of year when open-water fishing usually isn't an option given weather conditions, and even when it is a possibility by now your outdoor focus has shifted to other things, notably bagging an Adirondack buck.But every once in a while -...
Hungry Trout
My job puts me in touch with a lot of hunters and anglers and has me traveling around the state. What's more, when I do have some free time I don't waste it: I go hunting or fishing. That generates more encounters with sportsmen and women from not...
Hoyte's High at Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain's Hoyt's High Trail opened February 5, so Friday I decided to go check it out and take some video. Hoyt's High is a 4,700-foot long expert trail with a 1,400-foot vertical located at the top of the Outlook Mountain Triple, which...
GO WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGHYou've got enough excuses not to get out and hunt this winter. It's too cold. It's too warm. There's not enough snow. There's too much snow.Don't let that last one keep you inside; there's no reason you can't strap on a...
My first hunt may have been a grouse hunt. In truth, it may not have been a hunt at all, just a walk with the shotgun and the dogs. If they flushed a bird, well then, the hunt was on.That was likely in the Southern Tier before we moved to the North...
The Green Weenie
It's about this time of year that I start to wish it was spring.Yeah, I know. I'm not alone.I wish I could just load up the waders in the back of the truck, tuck some flies in my vest and head off to the river. I might be able to do that now, but not...
Food Demos at Whiteface Mountain
There are so many great reasons to plan a trip to Whiteface this year. From food demos to ski demos, World Cup Freestyle to the grommet jam, live bands, first tracks, visits from the North Pole, and more - check out the event calendar and experience...
Deer hunters in particular look at coyotes as a major threat to the whitetail herd. They decry DEC regulations that actually set a specific (Oct. 1-March 31) coyote hunting season, convinced instead they should be fair game anytime.Whether their fears...

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