10 km groomed by volunteers, 5 km are lighted for night skiing
Trail fees: No charge
Tel: Inside Edge Ski Store, Queensbury 518-793-5676
Nearest town: Glen Falls, NY
Equipment rentals: Available at Inside Edge Ski Store
Ski lessons: No
Location of trails: At Crandall Park in Glen Falls
38 km groomed for classic and skating. A 4 km trail is lighted
for night skiing. The center is operated by a former Olympic
Trail fees: Yes
Snow report: 1-800-453-SNOW (tape), AMI ski report
Nearest town: Northville, NY
Trail map: Available at the center and online
Equipment rentals: Yes, including snowshoes, skates and tubes
Ski lessons: Yes
Other winter activities: Skating, sleigh rides, sliding, snowshoeing
Facilities: Day lodge, waxing room, restaurant, snack bar, bar,
ski shop, sauna
Lodging on site: 30 Finnish tupas (cabins)
Lodging nearby: Northville
Location of trails: About 3 miles north of Northville, turn
left and go 5 miles
SPA STATE PARK
The Spa State Park
golf course, is the perfect setting for the beginner skiier to
practice. If you ski into the valley carved by Geyser Brook, there
is some good downhills. All together, there are 20 kilometers
of trails. Ski rentals, as well as individual and group instruction
is provided in the complete ski shop.
Saratoga Spa Park
is located one mile south of downtown Saratoga Springs. The Park
may be reached by traveling 3 miles north on Rt. 9 after taking
exit 13N of the Adirondack Northway.
MULTI PURPOSE TOOL
Such as a swiss army knife or a Leatherman tool. You will need
this to fix broken equipment, cut branches for a shelter, cut
wood for a fire. This item will always be used and if you don't
have at least a knife you might not make it.
You will need this to suspend firewood in the air to have a fire
to keep you warm. If the snow is deep you cannot make a fire directly
on the snow. Bring at least 10 ft (or 3 meters) of wire, preferably
stainless but regular will do fine too. If you are snowshoeing
in an area that never has very deep snow you can skip this item.
Make a screen with the wire and make sure it's anchored well on
the snow or to nearby vegetation or rocks and make you fire on
top of it.
Perfect for fixing a broken snowshoe or to fix supports around
a broken leg. Even if you don't break your legs or your snowshoes
duct tape will still come in handy for fixing pretty much anything.
Perfect emergency food. Very light weight and full of energy.
In an emergency you just need lots of energy, don't worry so much
about vitamins. Bring about 3 cups of rice per person per day
you think you will spend in worst case.
SMALL COOKING POT WITH LID
To boil water to keep you warm and to cook rice to eat. If your
pot has a lid it will heat water more efficiently.
WOOD POWERED CAMP STOVE
You need to bring a stove, no question about it, your best source
of heat will be drinking plenty of hot water and you need a stove
to boil all that water, without a stove you're dead for sure.
What ever you do, don't bring a propane stove or any type of stove
that runs on gas or liquid fuel. Gas and liquid stoves work fast
and efficiently but they have a number of problems that only show
up in cold temperatures, propane stoves sometimes simply don't
ignite if it gets too cold, they also have moving parts and complex
nozzles that can get jammed or clogged by ice. Relying on a propane
or liquid fuel stove in the winter is suicide. You need a very
simple wood stove with absolutely no moving parts such as the
Trailstove (click for website). These types of stoves are slower
to cook on than propane stoves but they ALWAYS work.
LIGHTERS AND MATCHES
Bring plenty of lighters and matches. Lighters are very small
and light so bringing extra ones in case one doesn't work is a
very good idea. Without means to make fire you will freeze to
death. You can try to make fire like a caveman by spinning a stick
against a piece of wood but that is a skill that takes practice
to learn and if you don't already have that skill you'll freeze
to death before you have it figured out.
of Cold Weather Exposure
Frostbite, snow blindness and hypothermia
Wrinkle face to stop stiff patches forming, pulling muscles in
every direction. Exercise hands.
Watch yourself and others for patches of waxy, reddening or blackened
skin, especially faces, ears and hands.
AVOID tight clothing which will reduce circulation.
Never go out without adequate clothing - however briefly. Avoid
gettig clothing wet, through sweat or water. Dry it as soon as
possible if this happens.
Knock snow off before entering shelter, or leave outer clothing
at entrance. Snow will melt in warmth giving you more clothing
Wear gloves and keep them dry. NEVER touch metal with bare hands.
AVOID spilling gasoline on bare flesh. In sub-zero temperatures
it will freeze almost at once and does even more damage than water
because of its low melting point.
Be especially careful if you have been working hard and are fatigued.
If you are sick - rest.