10 km groomed by volunteers, 5 km are lighted for night skiing
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 skier.
Trail fees: Yes
Snow report: 1-800-453-SNOW (tape), AMI ski
Nearest town: Northville, NY
Trail map: Available at the center
Equipment rentals: Yes, including snowshoes, skates and tubes
Ski lessons: Yes
Other winter activities: Skating, sleigh rides, sliding,
Facilities: Day lodge, waxing room, restaurant, snack bar, bar,
ski shop, sauna
Lodging on site: 30 Finnish tupas (cabins)
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.
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
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
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
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
face to stop stiff patches forming, pulling muscles in every direction. Exercise
Watch yourself and others for patches of waxy, reddening or blackened
skin, especially faces, ears and hands.
AVOID tight clothing which will reduce
Never go out without adequate clothing - however briefly. Avoid
gettig clothing wet, through sweat or water. Dry it as soon as possible if this
Knock snow off before entering shelter, or leave outer clothing
at entrance. Snow will melt in warmth giving you more clothing to dry.
gloves and keep them dry. NEVER touch metal with bare hands.
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.
especially careful if you have been working hard and are fatigued. If you are
sick - rest.