Events Archive

January - March, 2011

January 1 (Saturday) - New Year’s Gathering - Join us for skiing and snowshoeing followed by apres-ski potluck snacks. Meet at the Clarkson University Outdoor Lodge in the early afternoon for skiing; the gathering usually happens around 4 pm. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219,

January 8 (Saturday) - Climb Dial and Nippletop - Debbie White,, (315) 322-4066. An early start needed for today - contact me for details. We will attempt to climb both mountains, depending upon weather, overall being 12 miles round trip. Cross-country skis might be an idea, to eliminate the long 3 miles on each end of the hike from Ausable Club. Then, probably snowshoes for the remainder. Very strenuous, 2500+ feet climb.

January 15 (Saturday) - New Hikers Series: Beginners’ Snowshoe to Grassy Pond - Lois and Duncan Cutter,, (315) 328-4675. Grassy Pond is a 3-mile RT by skis or snowshoes, starting just off route 30 near Paul Smiths. The picturesque trail leads through pine woods to a lean-to at the end, with beautiful views of Grassy Pond. Suitable for beginners, with about three hours spent on trail. Skis or snowshoes required.

January 22 (Saturday) - Ski Jackrabbit Trail in Keene - Tom Ortmeyer and Greg Pedrick, (315)265-8219 (Tom), (518) 946-8227 (Greg), We'll ski the section of the trail from Pack n Paddle to Alstead Road and back. This section of trail includes nice scenery and several rock ledges. 7 miles round trip. Intermediate ski level, 500-1000 feet climb, 5-8 miles. Skis required. (alternate: Jan.29)

January 23 (Sunday) - New Hikers Series: Mt Arab - Blair Madore,, (315) 265-0602. We will provide hot drinks on the summit! This trip is part of the “kids on the trail” challenge and also part of the “fire tower challenge.” Views from the tower on the summit are excellent. This one-mile ascent is a good beginning snowshoe hike for reasonably fit kids and adults. Snowshoes with claws/crampons are required. Some may be available to borrow - ask the trip leader. For pictures, please see

January 21-23 (Friday-Sunday) - ADK Tug Hill Winter Outing - Ron Fillhart,, (315) 298-7424. Held at the Mad River Club near Sandy Creek in the Tug Hill Plateau. The weekend includes a variety of skiing and snowshoeing trips, and features clubhouse-style accommodations and several meals, all for $65. ADK membership is not required for participation. More information available at

January 29 (Saturday) - Ski at Lampson Falls - Ann and Armond Spencer,, (315) 379-1383. Ski from Lampson Falls toward Harper Falls with an optional snowshoe down to Harper Falls. This is beautiful terrain, and covering it on skis is a delightful way to do it. About 7 miles RT with some hills to test your mettle, your snowplow, or your willingness to remove the skis. Skis required.

February 16 (Wednesday) - Snowshoe around Black Pond - Geri Ames and Brian Baston, (315) 769-3483, We will begin at Paul Smiths College’s St. Regis Cafe on the lake with lunch served by the Culinary Arts students, a sure treat. Easy, no serious climb, 1-3 miles. Bring snowshoes, water, and warm clothes.

February 19 (Saturday)- Ski into Clear Pond near Parishville - Rose Rivezzi and David Trithart, A cross-country ski trip into Clear Pond (Parishville) from the White Hill Rd. It's a 3.4-mile RT to visit the pond. If we add a loop around the pond, we’ll add another 2 to 3 miles, so this is not a short trip. Also, the pond loop is moderately challenging. Since this is close to home, we could gather and leave in late morning, with a plan to lunch at the pond. About six miles, unknown elevation gain. Skis required.

February 26 (Saturday) - New Hikers Series: Snowshoeing to The Pinnacle - John Barron (613) 828-2296, Young, old, and novice snowshoers; those recovering from injuries; Winter 46ers in the mood for an easy trip; and everyone else, is welcome on this moderate (5 miles, several hundred feet of gain), leisurely-paced trip to a small mountain with a great view near Santa Clara. Snowshoes required.

March 2 (Wednesday) - Snowshoe/Ski at the VIC in Paul Smiths - Geri Ames and Brian Baston, (315) 769-3483, Meeting at Paul Smiths College for lunch by the Culinary Students at the St. Regis Cafe which overlooks the beautiful lake and St. Regis Mountain, before we go over to the VIC for an early afternoon ski/snowshoe. Fairly easy, with less than 500 feet climb, 3-5 miles. Bring skis or snowshoes, water, and warm clothes.

March 5 (Saturday)- Ski 50km in the Gatineau Park - Tom VandeWater, (315) 386-8489, Explore the Gatineau hills just north of Ottawa on mostly groomed trails for 50 km or join us for a shorter piece. Strenuous. Difficulty varies with snow conditions, type of skis, and experience. Skis required.

March 19 (Saturday)- Mt. Van Hoevenberg Snowshoe Hike - Eileen Wheeler, (315) 386-2482, We'll start from the South Meadow Road on a fairly level trail that skirts a beaver pond before climbing steadily to the summit ridges at 2.2 miles. We pass some small cliffs along the way and will enjoy far-reaching views including Mt. Marcy, Algonquin, and Giant. Ascent: 740 ft. Moderate difficulty. Snowshoes required.

March 27 (Sunday)- Spring Road Walk Hike near the Grasse River - Tom Ortmeyer, (315-265-8219, We’ll celebrate the early spring mud season with an afternoon walk on quiet back roads in the upper Grasse River area. Exact location to be announced. 5-7 miles total length. Fairly easy.