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August 2017 - NEWS BREIFS
NYS Bike Summit in Albany on September 15
ALBANY – The New York Bicycling Coalition will host the inaugural New York State Bike Summit at the Hearst Media Center (Times Union building) in Colonie on Friday, Sept. 15. The inaugural Bike Summit is an effort to bring together all entities who play a role in making New York a more bike and walk friendly state. Government officials, advocacy leaders, bicycle clubs, educators, engineers and planners are welcome to attend to present, network and strategize to transform the state into a leader in safe, active transportation.
“In putting together the wide ranging content for this event – workshops, plenaries and roundtable discussions – it is clear there is tremendous pent-up interest in the summit, which is long overdue,” says NYBC executive director, Paul Winkeller. “We are eager to draw from the experience and recommendation all of summit attendees as we craft a strategy for creating opportunities for more, and much safer, bicycling in New York.”
Individuals who work in the bicycle industry, nonprofits, government, law enforcement, or those who bike and walk for fun, transportation or sport are welcome to attend. Topics will include bike share, advocacy, bike equity, Vision Zero, education and safety, public health, ecotourism and green transportation, data and technology, trails, mountain biking, electric bikes, mass transit, bridges and funding. Registration and the schedule of events can be found at newyorkbicyclingcoalition2017.sched.com.
“Running the Long Path” New Release by Kenneth Posner
ALBANY – Inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem Song of the Open Road, the Long Path’s creators first conceived it as an unmarked trail to connect New York City to the Adirondacks. Today, the 350-mile hiking trail stretches from the 175th Street Subway to Thacher State Park near Voorheesville. Ultrarunner Kenneth Posner completed the trek in record-setting time in 2013. His recently-released book, Running the Long Path: A 350-mile Journey of Discovery in New York’s Hudson Valley, is the story of his incredible endurance feat and a celebration of the historical significance of the Hudson Valley. Published by SUNY Press, go to: sunypress.edu.
Avalanche Lake Trail Closed 8/15-25
LAKE GEORGE – The trail around Avalanche Lake will be closed from August 15 to 25. There will be no through access. During this time the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Corps will be working on the Hitch-Up Matildas, and hikers will not be able to pass through Avalanche Lake. Access through Avalanche Pass to the head of the lake and from Lake Colden to the outlet will be possible. Signage will be posted at Avalanche Camps and Lake Colden, as well as Upper Works, Adirondak Loj and South Meadows.
Please plan ahead for trips during this time period. Also note that the trail from Feldspar to Lake Arnold has some flooded portions of the trail that are worsened with rain.
–Seth Jones, ADK’s education programs coordinator.
Gore Improvements for 2017-18
NORTH CREEK – At the top of Adirondack Express II, the Saddle Lodge will be completely updated for a new mid-mountain experience. The size of the space is more than doubling, providing plenty of room to enjoy the fresh features of a completely updated lodge. Between runs, skiers will have a choice of a full-service or food court style meal, and dine in front of a spectacular showcase of the Adirondack High Peaks.
Gore is also undergoing a complete renovation of the original 1967 gondola unloading station with an all-new area for warming up, restrooms and socializing. The Northwoods Lodge is getting an addition too – look for a rental and repair shop and the children’s Mountain Adventure Center. Go to: goremountain.com.
New Golf FORE Diabetes Tournament
CLIFTON PARK – The Kivort Steel Diabetes Revolution has expanded its dedication in supporting the American Diabetes Association with the Capital District Golf “FORE” Diabetes Tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park. Presently, diabetes is the single greatest chronic disease threat to global health. As the global authority on diabetes, the ADA supports advocacy, education, and research that will hopefully, one day, result in a cure for this terrible disease. In the interim, the ADA has made monumental steps in improving the quality of life of those afflicted with diabetes.
Show your support by becoming a sponsor or player. Several sponsorship levels include player teams and individuals, and non-player opportunities. Special contests include longest drive, closest to the pin, and “fun fun fun” putting. Visit: golfforediabetes.com.
Whiteface Summer 2017 Projects
WILMINGTON – Whiteface is getting a facelift this summer. The Main Base Lodge stairway and installation of an elevator will improve accessibility and traffic flow. Additional bathrooms will be installed in the Base Lodge on the second level across from J.LOHR. Also, a remodel of the interior and exterior of the Cloudspin Bar and Grill. The Bear Den Lodge will undergo an expansion of the learn-to-ski facility, much of which will be completed by the 2017-18 ski season. The expansion includes the addition of a lounge adjacent to the current Black Bear Café with a bird’s eye view of the slopes, where parents can relax and watch their budding powder hounds learn to ski and ride.
Snowmaking and grooming upgrades include a new snowcat for this upcoming season. New upgrades to the main pump house, which will be the foundation for significant snowmaking upgrades at the mountain. Up at the Summit, Whiteface will continue the Castle and roundhouse work for summer Memorial Highway visitors, and the elevator will also be replaced at the end of this summer to be ready for the following spring in 2018.
The crew is working hard this summer to restore Porcupine Lodge at the top of Lookout Mountain, which will serve as a warming hut for skiers and riders this upcoming winter. Check it out: whiteface.com.
Gore and Whiteface: Lowest Season Pass Prices through August 11
LAKE PLACID – Get your season pass to Gore, Whiteface and Belleayre before August 11 for the best pricing. Most passes now include SKI3 access to all three mountains. The pass includes a built-in bonus ticket for sharing with a friend or family member and more passholder perks and discounts. Financing options are available for season pass purchases. M.A.X. Pass add-on for full season passes and passes can be preloaded with money or linked to your credit card for easy on-mountain purchasing. Visit: goremountain.com or whiteface.com.