Third annual Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) Winterfest this Saturday, January 9 (9 am - 8 pm)

Enjoy a full day of free winter activities at the ADK Winterfest!
It’s a go for the third annual Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) Winterfest at the Heart Lake Program headquarters at Adirondack Loj,  near Lake Placid.

Don't be concerned about the recent stretch of warm weather. It has not deterred ADK organizers from putting together a wonderful free series of winter sporting events that showcase all the Adirondacks has to offer.

My family has attended the Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) Adirondack Loj Winterfest since its inception and we always have a blast. We spend quite a bit of time at this “gateway to the Adirondacks.” We've found the January 9th Winterfest is the perfect opportunity to introduce a one-stop shopping of winter activities to friends and visitors. This free day of winter opportunities will highlight the 700-acre Heart Lake property.

ADK Winterfest Schedule of Events
for January 9, 2015
According to ADK Education Program Coordinator Seth Jones there are plenty of winter activities that will be happening even with the recent warmer conditions. A few of the new events include a paintball biathlon with Dewey Mountain and Mt. Van Hoevenberg staff as well as fat bike demos with High Peaks Cyclery.
“Heart Lake just froze over a few days ago so we did cancel the ice skating,” says Jones. “We are not encouraging people to go out on the lake. We have enough snow to do the mountaineer race and all the other activities.” 

The HPC Ski Mountaineering Race is organized by High Peaks Cyclery and is the only activity that has a fee. Registration is $5 and rules/regulations can be found here

Visitors will be given the chance to attend waxing clinics, guided snowshoe hikes, winter tracking workshops and plenty of kid-friendly activities. Tony Goodwin will be back again for the third year leading a beginner cross-country ski clinic while instructors from Cascade XC Ski Center are hosting a Mommy/Daddy and me intro class. Kids can participate in a geocache hunt and snowshoe scavenger quest or just play at the Kids’ Zone. Cedar Run Bakery will once again be selling its wonderful food throughout the day. 
ADK Winterfest showcases a variety of winter activities

Registration starts at 9 am on January 9th at the ADK High Peaks Information Center with events finishing around 8 pm or online. The event will culminate with live music with Annie in the Water and a buffet dinner ($14/adults, $7/children (12 and under) Contact ADK High Peaks Information Center at 518-523-3441 for additional information. 

The focus of ADK Winterfest is to get people excited about being outside in the winter. With a wide range of recreational possibilities at Heart Lake and 15K of ski trails, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) Adirondack Loj and High Peaks Information Center is truly a multi-season playground.  Enjoy!

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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