Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015


While adding up the non-production from Winter Storm Juno, the Snowmobile Trail Maintenance crews have made the most of the recent meager snowfall. Although only traces have been recorded, it’s been enough to resurface the trails and very cold temperatures have frozen the base. When we report “up to five inches of base”, that means several feet of snow has been compacted down into that solid base. In spite of heavy weekend traffic, many of the trails are in good shape and people who have been shut out in other areas are finding winter fun in the Central Adirondacks. But don’t take our word as gospel: Check out our webcams and also check out other local sources for trail conditions. Christy’ is one of the most dependable sources, with a highly reputable blog and videos posted almost daily. The main trails are sporting snirt and showing wear and tear. Outlying trails are holding up pretty well, and although temperatures are below normal, the sun does damage by melting the top layers. That freezes overnight, and the ice balls do little to lubricate the sliders. Most riders know there is little to work with. What is here is much better than nothing.


Much better than most is McCauley Mountain, which is featuring a full menu of fun for skiers and snowboarders. Mac’s Back (above left) is open on the weekends, and frigid temps make prime conditions for the snowmakers. The crews have piled on the snow and groomed the slopes for maximum enjoyment. True to McCauley’s rep, portions of some slopes have not been groomed, leaving fun bumps like those on the skiers’ right of the Sky Ride headwall, pictured above (right). As always, the adventurous and conservative alike find downhill fun all the way from McCauley’s summit. Many snowmobiling families have been finding alternative fun at McCauley. The cross country trails are groomed daily with new grooming equipment which lays down great tracks with any measurable amount of snow.

Bottom Line: Snow sport fanatics are finding lots of fun in and around Old Forge, while waiting for the next “Historic Nor’Easter.” Preparations are underway for the Old Forge Winter Carnival, February 13-14-15.

         2015 Winter Carnival    
     February 13, 14, 15

         Come celebrate Valentine's Day weekend with three days
               of fun-filled events for the whole family at the 2015 Winter Carnival!

February 13

All Day$12 lift tickets and lunch specials

Downtown Old Forge
All Day
: Specials in Old Forge shops and restaurants

6:45 p.m. - Valentine's Parade on Main Street

7:00 p.m. - Bonfirenight skating, hot cocoa and doughnuts at the outdoor skating rink (bring your own skates)

February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!
10:00 a.m. - 15th Annual Kiwanis Winter Sports Challenge - 6K snow shoe race, register here

5:00 p.m. - Dinner by Last Run Cafe

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Night Skiing on Playmate

6:00 p.m. - Live music by Joe Bolton and John Christy in the chalet

7:00 p.m. - Coronation of the King and QueenTorchlight SkiingDaredevil Jumpers and Fireworks!

8:00 p.m. - Community Sweetheart Dance in the chalet


February 15

12:00 p.m. - 61st Annual Snowflake Derby (registration at 9:00 a.m.)

3:00 p.m. - Cardboard Sled Race

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