Adirondack Region, N.Y. - In Northern New York, winter's snowy depths and plunging temperatures mean one thing for the Adirondacks: it's time to play. With snowflakes already falling, ski resorts and communities are gearing up for a winter filled with ski resort updates, world-class sporting events and holiday festivities.
Located just four hours north of Manhattan, the Adirondack Region presents its' 2014-15 winter preview:
In the Lake George Region: Gore Mountain in North Creek, recently named one of SKI Magazine's Top 10 Mountains in the East by readers for its value, lifts, scenery and terrain variety, debuts a new high-speed quad lift dubbed the Adirondack Express II for the 2014-15 season. Don't feel like driving? Take the Saratoga and North Creek Railway Snow Train to Gore every weekend from January 2 - March 29 and disembark just steps from the mountain's top ski resorts and hotels.
For the non-alpine skier, Garnet Hill Lodge in North River offers cross country ski and snowshoe events all winter long, including full moon and nighttime ski outings, just a few miles from downtown North Creek. The full-service lodge offers guests access to 55 kilometers of groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails, lessons, a ski shop and complimentary bus service to Gore Mountain for alpine-minded guests.
In the Adirondack Wild: Oak Mountain in Speculator has been undergoing serious upgrades over the past couple of years, and this winter is no different. Expanded snowmaking, and new chef at Acorn Pub & Eatery, Lou Petrozza, who happens to be the runner-up from Season 4 of Hell's Kitchen, tops the family-friendly ski mountain's 2014-15 winter season updates.
In the Adirondack Lakes: Big Tupper Ski Area in Tupper Lake added two new glades this summer, and widened the transition area at the top of Chair Two to accommodate beginner skiers. Tickets will be $25 per day, or $200 for a 10 ticket pack. Children under seven years of age, adults over 70 and military members ski for free.
The Adirondacks also offers an array of family and sporting events throughout the winter, including:
• 3rd Annual Cock-A-Doodle-Shoe Snowshoe Race, January 17, at the New Land Trust in Saranac. As one of the Northeast's regional qualifying events for the 2014 USSSA National Snowshoe Championships in Bennington, VT, there is a 5 and 10 kilometer race open to competitors of all abilities. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top male and female finishers.
• 4th Annual Lights on the River, December 14-22, is a holiday festival of lights and displays set against backdrop of the St. Lawrence River. There is no entry fee, however donations are accepted, and will benefit several charitable organizations in St. Lawrence County including local food pantries.
• 8th Annual Tug Hill Snowkite Rally, February 14-16, at Deer Creek Farm. Watch hundreds of snowkiters glide, fly and dip across the snowy expanse of the Tug Hill Plateau. Take a lesson and enjoy a weekend of fun events.
• Lake Placid will host several national and international events this winter, including the Luge World Cup December 5 & 6, FIBT World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton, December 12 & 13, and the ECAC Men's Hockey, March 20-21.
Start planning your winter getaway to New York's Adirondack Region at visitadirondacks.com.
About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is home to the six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, Instagram.com/VisitAdirondacks and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com.