Sixty-degree weather in November is not the way to get my family prepared for the winter season. My kids are not focusing on snow. They are getting in those last few hatless days and breaking out shorts and dresses I’ve long packed away. Even though it may not feel like winter is just around the corner, it is the time to go through the old gear and start searching for the new or slightly used winter paraphernalia. Since Adirondack weather can be unpredictable I want to make sure my family is outfitted for outside fun when the snow is finally here to stay. We are also always looking for bargains and the local ski clubs swaps and consignment shops are certainly places worth stopping by. Mt Pisgah’s annual Ski and Skate Swap will be taking place November 14, 9-11 a.m. with equipment drop-off on Friday, November 13 from 5-8 p.m. The whole event takes place at the Mt. Pisgah Lodge, 92 Pisgah Rd, Saranac Lake. Keep in mind that only current winter gear will be accepted, no rear ent
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There is a 360º view at the summit of Whiteface Mountain, including this view of Lake Placid. The last time my car climbed Whiteface Mountain, the 5th highest peak in the Adirondacks, I was with a friend who had climbed not only all 46 High Peaks but also many other mountains around the world. The view had been socked in and we were to meet a large group congregating at the summit to celebrate three new 46ers . Visibility was zero that day at the summit and I spent my time making sure my children didn’t plunge off the slippery slope into the clouds. Whiteface Memorial Veterans Highway Toll Road winds around for 5 miles before reaching the summit. Years later and my car has managed to do twice what I haven’t accomplished once, it climbed to the summit of the 4,867' tall Whiteface Mountain. This time I check the Whiteface website to make sure my visitors and I are going to be able to see the 360-degree Adirondack panorama. It states 70 miles of visibility.