DEC Alerts Visitors to Winter Conditions in Adirondacks
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan has asked that visitors to the north country be prepared for snow and cold in light of recent snows that have blanketed the Adirondack Region. “Winter offers some great opportunities for outdoor recreation, but it also creates conditions that can be troublesome, and even dangerous, to the unprepared,” Commissioner Sheehan said. “The snow cover in the Adirondacks ranges from one foot in the lower elevations to two to three feet on some mountain summits. While people visiting the eastern High Peaks must use snowshoes or cross-country skis for the safety of themselves and others, we strongly recommend that visitors to other areas do the same.”
Requirements and Recommendations
The use of snowshoes or skis is required on trails in the eastern High Peaks and strongly encouraged on all other trails in the Adirondacks. Ice crampons should be carried for use on icy mountaintops and other exposed areas.
In addition to using the best equipment for surface conditions, recreationists should follow these safety guidelines:
- Dress in layers of wool and fleece (not cotton) clothing, and wear a wool or fleece hat; mittens or gloves; wind/rain resistant outerwear and winter boots.
- Carry a pack that includes the following items: ice axe; plenty of food and water; extra clothing; map and compass; first aid kit; flashlight/headlamp; sun glasses; sun screen; a dense pad; stove and extra fuel and space blankets.
- Drink plenty of water; dehydration can lead to hypothermia.
- Eat plenty of food to maintain energy levels and warmth.
- Check weather before entering the woods, and postpone activities if weather is poor.
- Be aware of weather conditions at all times and abandon activities if weather worsens.
Contact DEC at 518-897-1200 to determine trail conditions in the area you plan to visit.
For more information about Adirondack trail conditions: