VICs COMBINE SKI AND SNOWSHOE FESTIVALS TO ONE DAY; OFFERS AGENCYWIDE PROGRAMS ON KING HOLIDAY WEEKEND
PAUL SMITHS, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Centers (VICs) at Paul Smiths and Newcomb will combine three popular festivals into one Agencywide festival on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, creating the Chilly Ski & Snowshoe Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 at both facilities.
“DEC is pleased to work with local snowmobile clubs to allow residents and visitors to participate in this recreational activity,” said Regional Director Lowe. “We ask that snowmobilers take measures to ensure their own safety, respect others using the trail system and to protect the natural resources of the Adirondacks.”
DEC typically waits until there is a foot of snow cover before opening the gates. This is to protect the trail surface, the riders and natural resources adjacent to the trail. Gates are open on the following trail sections:
C7B between the Village of Saranac Lake and Lake Kushuqua;
C8 between Meacham Lake and Madwaska Pond; and
The spur trail between Madwaska Pond and the Blue Mountain Road.
DEC cautions snowmobilers to be aware of obstacles and detours, particularly
A new temporary trail route in the Meacham Lake Public Campground;
Logging activity in the area around the Wolf Pond Road section of C8D; and
Downed limbs and trees, which may be present on any of the trails.
Snowmobilers are reminded to be properly equipped and prepared before going out. Plan your trips, know your route and check weather conditions before going out on the trail. While riding, stay on marked trails, obey the rules for safe snowmobiling, and be respectful of other snowmobilers, skiers or snowshoers you may encounter on trails.
Speed and alcohol are the two main factors in snowmobile accidents. Always travel at speeds that are reasonable or prudent under the surrounding conditions, obey posted speed limits, and don’t exceed the state speed limit of 55 mph. Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
More safety tips and a complete list of rules and regulations can be found in the “New York State Snowmobiler’s Guide” and on the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s web site: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/
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