11 Best Adirondack Ski Resorts

Getting out there for your winter recreation can be a real pain in the butt when a ski resort is overcrowded. How are you supposed to enjoy some fresh pow or teach your best buddy how to shred if there are hundreds of people on the slopes with you? Well, you can still do those things but if you really want to enjoy your day, hit up some local Adirondack Ski Resorts for a good time.

While many of the big mountains of the East might be overrun, some of the best Adirondack Ski Resorts remain *mostly* untouched. If you’re looking to get out this winter and enjoy the snow, I have a list of 11 local Adirondack Ski Resorts that are sure to be less crowded than some of your more popular East coast mountains. Find the perfect place to ride with the whole family or the best place to catch the first chair and ride well into the night with this list.  

Best Adirondack Ski Resorts

Although most of these might be better described as Ski Areas as opposed to resorts, they’re still a lovely place to visit. Whether you’re coming for the day or spending the whole weekend in town with the family, these ski areas will not disappoint!

In order from least popular Adirondack Ski Resort to more popular…

1. Mt. Pisgah

  • Address: 92 Mt Pisgah Lane Saranac Lake, 12983
  • Elevation: 1,771’
  • Vertical Drop: 329’

The gentle slopes and welcoming, knowledgeable staff at Mt. Pisgah make this a wonderful place to learn. A single T-bar lift provides access to 15 acres worth of beginner trails. The beautiful thing about a T-bar is that YOU can choose the length of your ride… hop off wherever you’re most comfortable and enjoy the slopes. Mt. Pisgah might not actually fall into the category of Adirondack Ski Resorts, but it’s a great low key place to learn or ski and snowboard as a family.

This may be a small, very local ski spot, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have some big mountain amenities. The centrally located lodge provides views up skiers and snowboarders across the whole slope. Mt. Pisgah also offers ski and snowboarding lessons, tubing, and snowshoeing opportunities. With some of the most affordable prices in the Adirondacks, you must stop here with your family. 

2. Hickory Ski Center

  • Address:43 Hickory Hill Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885
  • Elevation: 1900’
  • Vertical Drop: 1110’

Located just north of Lake George in Warrensburg, Hickory Ridge Ski Center is nestled in the scenic Adirondack Mountains. Founded in 1945 by veterans of the famed ski troops of the American 10th Mountain Division, it was originally named “Hickory Hill”. Its location is a profoundly beautiful spot in the Adirondacks;  sheer rock massifs surround the confluence of the Schroon and Hudson Rivers making this a uniquely stunning Adirondack view.

Hickory Ridge Lodge is straight out of the 50s. The front porch runs the whole length of the lodge and looks up at the Poma 1 and Hickory’s Main Slope, the Hunny Run. Three lifts provide you with access to all different kinds of terrain; 19 different family-friendly trails await you at the ‘summit’ of Hickory Ridge. It’s important to note that Hickory Ridge is not a ski resort, it is a true local spot where generations of Hickory Ridge Skiers spend their winters.

3. Woods Valley

  • Address: 9100 NY-46, Westernville, NY 13486
  • Elevation: 1,400’
  • Vertical Drop: 500’

Located just south west of Adirondacks, Woods Valley is a great local spot to take the family skiing. Although it is not inside the Adirondack park boundaries, its location will make you question how close you are to the city of Rome. The ski center provides beautiful views of Delta Lake.

Of the fourteen trails, ten are open for night skiing Wednesday-Saturday. There are 2 double chair lifts, a T-bar, a magic carpet, and a snow tubing area. Purchase to Learn to Ski or Learn to Snowboard packages if you’re new to the sport and looking for a great deal. Packages include an Easy Acres lift pass, Rental Equipment, and a Group Lesson.  The Easy Acres lift pass and rental equipment are valid until close on day or night of purchase

4. Snow Ridge

  • Address: 4173 W Rd, Turin, NY 13473
  • Elevation: 1850’
  • Vertical Drop: 500’

Located right in the middle of the Tug Hill Plateau, Snow Ridge mountain is inundated with snow each winter. They receive over 230” of snow each season. Six lifts lead to 26 different trails and 2 terrain parks; small mountain vibes with big mountain snow make this a great place to learn the tricks and tips of the trail. 

This family-owned ski and snowboard center also offers night skiing on Thursdays and Fridays.  Grab a beverage or a full meal at Tavern230; the newly invigorated Candlelight Restaurant has a new name, new menu, and the coziest hillside seating area around the fireplace. You’re bound to enjoy this slope-side ski lodge atmosphere after a full day on the mountain!

5. Titus Mountain

  • Address: 215 Johnson Road, Malone, NY 12953
  • Elevation: 2,025’
  • Vertical Drop: 1,200’

This Northern Adirondack Ski Mountain is just a short drive from Potsdam, Plattsburgh, and the Canadian Border. This ski resort offers 50 runs, 3 terrain parks, and night skiing! The main base area is open for night skiing, making Titus Mountain the longest ski day in New York. Ride long after the sun has set on 15 lit trails and 2 lit terrain parks.

This family-focused mountain also offers a newly renovated tubing hill, Mo’s Moon Valley Grill, and a “Skin and Ski” ticket for those looking to earn their turns. Seemingly a jack of all trades, Titus Mountain is also the home of Moon Valley Maple; local maple syrup born on the slopes of the mountain! Be sure to bring home a souvenir that keeps on giving by grabbing your bottle of syrup on your next visit. 

Titus Mountain also has a Ski School and a really awesome 411 deal. All 4th-grade students who participate in the “Intro to Ski” School program will leave with a free season pass and rental. This deal also comes with one free lift ticket and rental for a parent or guardian to join in on the fun as well. Fourth graders from participating schools are eligible for this program. 

6.Oak

  • Address: 141 Novosel Way, Speculator, NY 12164
  • Elevation: 2,966’
  • Vertical Drop: 650’

This southern Adirondack Ski Resort boasts 22 alpine trails over 230 acres of terrain. Two T-bars and 1 quad allow for an uphill lift capacity of 3,000 skiers per hour; you’ll never leave Oak Mountain feeling like you didn’t get enough runs in. Oak Mountain also features 4 lanes of snow tubing for those family members who might not be one for the alpine skiing or snowboarding action.

 At Oak, there is terrain to suit everyone’s needs at an affordable rate! The mountain is home to an outstanding Ski and Snowboard School, is accessible by snowmobile, and provides miles of Snowshoeing trails. You can take a hike/snowshoe through the forest, enjoy a breathtaking view from the top of the chairlift, or dine in the relaxed atmosphere of the Acorn Pub and Eatery. All who visit are sure to create long-lasting memories and have a great time.

Oak Mountain Quad Lift Off

7. McCauley Mountain

  • Address: 300 Mc Cauley Rd, Old Forge, NY 13420
  • Elevation: 2,200’
  • Vertical Drop: 633’

This local, family-oriented ski mountain is open on average, 105 days out of the year. This means that there are 105 days you can spend on the mountain with family and friends. Two T-bar tows, two rope tows, and one double chairlift provide access to 23 different runs. 26% of these runs are at the beginner level, 43% intermediate, and 30% advanced. McCauley is also home to one terrain park.

McCauley offers some of the very best lift ticket rates out of all Adirondack Ski Resorts. They also offer a number of specials. These specials include serious deals, such as the $ 5-afternoon pass to ski with your kids Mondays thru Thursdays from 2 pm to 4:15 pm. If you’re local to the Old Forge area or looking for a low-key Adirondack winter get-away, this is definitely the spot.

8. West Mountain Ski Resort

  • Address: 59 West Mountain Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
  • Elevation: 1,470’
  • Vertical Drop: 1,010’

At the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, just minutes off of Rt 87, West Mountain offers day and night skiing and snowboarding, tubing, a tuning and rental shop, and the West Mountain Bar and Eatery. This Ski Resort also offers ski lessons, stay & play holiday camps, a ski club, and a masterclass series for adults. With affordable lift ticket prices and close proximity to several local hotels, you can’t go wrong with a weekend trip to West Mountain.

At West Mountain, you’ll find 31 trails across 126 acres, ranging from easy, gentle learning slopes to challenging, expert terrain. One of the best parts of a day at West is that you don’t have to plan on leaving when the sun goes down. West Mountain is one of the few that offers night skiing on 15 trails. This allows visitors to ski for hours longer than they could at other Adirondack Ski Resorts.

9. Gore Mountain

  • Address: 793 Peaceful Valley Rd, North Creek, NY 12853
  • Elevation: 3,600’
  • Vertical Drop:  2,537′ 

Gore Mountain may be the biggest Ski Resort in New York State. It’s 42 miles and 439 acres of fun are tucked away into the small mountain town of North Creek. Arguably, the best Adirondack Ski Resort, Gore is home to 14 lifts, 110 trails, and 7 terrain parks, bringing Big East energy to a small town. 

Gore Mountain brings serious big-time Ski Resort vibes. With cozy lodging options and on-mountain dining so you can really optimize your time on the slopes. Gore Mountain also has a rental shop where you can rent your gear for the weekend or tune/repair the gear you’ve brought along. Gore participated in RFID ticketing which allows you to skip the ticket window by reloading your SKI3 card prior to your trip.

10. Whiteface

  • Address: Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington, NY 12997
  • Elevation: 4,685’
  • Vertical Drop: 3,430’

Whiteface definitely falls into the busy East Coast Ski Resort category. With that in mind, it’s one of the very best Adirondack Ski Resort experiences for the more experienced skier or snowboarder. This premier Ski resort is only 13 miles from Lake Placid, making it an Adirondack Ski and Snowboarding Hot Spot. There are ample lodging opportunities in the surrounding areas and a number of delicious restaurant options. 

With the most vertical drop of all the East Coast Ski Resorts, it’s no surprise that Whiteface was the location for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Twelve lifts, including one gondola, provide access to 288 skiable acres. 87 names trails, 53 acres of glades skiing, and 4 terrain parks are bound to keep skiers and snowboarders of all abilities entertained. Although Whiteface may be one of the busiest ski spots in the Adirondacks, it’s worth the trip and every penny!

11. Big Tupper *CLOSED*

  • Address: 485 Big Tupper Rd, Tupper Lake, NY 12986
  • Elevation: 3,165′
  • Vertical Drop: 1,151′

We’re falling out of order here with number 11… Big Tupper is not the most popular ski spot in the Adirondacks – however, it easily could be and definitely should be on the list!

At one time in history, five lifts could transport skiers and snowboarders to the summit of Mt. Morris. In the last two decades, Big Tupper has failed to stay open. This ski center has the potential to service the locals of Tupper Lake by providing both a great local recreation center for residents to utilize while increasing winter tourism. 


Free Skiing and Snowboarding in the Adirondacks

There are a few free downhill skiing opportunities in the Adirondacks as well. They may not fall into the Best Adirondack Ski Resorts category, but free skiing and snowboarding is actually the best kind.

  • Indian Lake Ski Hill & Skating Park is a community mountain where you can take some turns free of charge. Although it may be small, all activities offered here are free of charge!
    1-518-648-5611 | Route 30, Indian Lake, NY 12842
  • Dynamite Hill Recreation Center provides an opportunity for beginners to gain confidence on the snow for free! The other amazing thing about Dynamite Hill is that it is pet friendly… so make sure you bring those adventure pups along for the fun.
    1-518-494-2722 | 3 Dynamite Hill,Chestertown, NY 12817
  • Otis Mountain is another free recreation and music festival venue in the Adirondacks. There are four seasons of fun at Otis Mountain; you can ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hike, or snowshoe for free.
    1-518-523-1365 | 2 miles south of Elizabethtown on Route 9, turn left onto Lobdell Lane

Please leave these free skiing opportunities better than you found them! There is always an opportunity to to give back to the space which provides you joy.


Which of our Adirondack Ski Resorts is Best?

Well… that’s for you to decide! Everyone looks for something a little different in their Ski/Snowboard trip experience. Personally, I suggest you try them all. They each offer a unique experience; advanced snow bums & bunnies will most likely prefer a different mountain than a family trying to learn the ins and outs of the slopes. Your unique situation matters! Choose the mountain that seems best for your needs.

Due to proximity and small-town vibes, McCauley Mountain is my number one choice for some Sunday turns. If I’m trying to plan a full weekend with a group of friends, I’m definitely going to try and head to Whiteface or Gore. Although I’ve yet to shred Gore Mountain, it’s first on my list for this winters Big Ski Trip. As badly as I want to head back to Killington in Vermont, Gore is calling my name!


If you plan for a ski weekend and are met with conditions that aren’t ideal, don’t forget that you can always head out for a winter hike. Enjoy the beauty of winter with one of these 7 best Adirondack Winter Hikes and if you’re in the Lake Placid area, try to eat at one of these bangin’ restaurants.

Trying out multiple mountains this winter can be made easy with the Adirondack Ski Resort reciprocal skiing program. Through this program, you can ski for free or at a discounted rate at all participating local mountains. The attached flyer is from the 19-20 season!

9 Best Adirondack Winter Hikes

Planning a winter vacation to the Adirondacks and looking for something to do? Adirondack winter hikes are where it’s at. See the beauty of the Adirondack Park through a hike. There is truly a hike for everyone, in every season in the ADK. Adirondack winter hikes range from a 1 mile, front country stroll to steep, icy climbs on exposed rock. You can choose your own adventure with the help of this guide!

Here we’re going to cover the 9 best Adirondack winter hikes for beginners right on up to experts. If you’ve never ventured out to experience the crisp air and crunchy snowflakes of a beautiful winter then this is a great place to start! With proper preparation and just a tad bit of excitement, you should be ready to take on Jack Frost.  

What is Winter Hiking?

Winter hiking means you’re going on a hike during the winter season. This means you’ll likely encounter frigid temperatures as well as snow and ice on the trail. Conditions for winter hiking vary depending on your region. If you’re interested, here are 9 tips for Winter Hiking.


What do you Need for Adirondack Winter Hiking?

Proper footwear and layers are crucial to your hiking success. Insulated, waterproof hiking boots paired with snowshoes and/or crampons are a must. Base-layers, mid-layers, and hardshell pants and jackets are the key to staying warm. Don’t forget a hat, gloves, and spare clothing in case yours becomes wet.

A lot of outdoor gear stores will rent you the equipment you need if you’re not quite sure you want to invest quite yet; High Peaks Cyclery in Lake Placid rents out winter gear for very reasonable prices. For a basic hike, snowshoes and micro-spikes will get you through the day safely. If you’re looking to gain elevation and climb above tree-line into the alpine zone a pair of crampons and ice axe are necessary for your success and safety.  

Proper layers, packed gear, and mode of transportation for winter hiking

Which Adirondack Hikes are Best in Winter?

Every hike isn’t created equally, so naturally, some are better for Winter hiking than others. For safety purposes, I try to stay away from hikes that include incredibly steep ascents and steep drop-offs. I also steer clear of hikes that would require you to cross a river or stream without a man-made structure’s help.

 

Here I’ve compiled 7 different Adirondack winter hikes that will provide amazing winter views. I’ve organized them in order from easiest to most difficult

High Falls Gorge

Very Easy – 1 mi. – Near Wilmington, NY

Courtesy of All Trails

This paid hiking experience is unlike any other. The 22-acre beautiful nature preserve is privately owned and provides access to an otherwise inaccessible area for explorers of all ages. Sturdy bridges, walkways, and groomed walking trails provide safe access to four cascading Adirondack waterfalls. This is an opportunity to experience the deep crevice carved a billion years ago known as High Falls Gorge with the whole family.

Unfortunately, High Falls Gorge is closed for the 20-21 winter season and will reopen May 1st, 2021 for the summer season! If you’re looking for flat, easy terrain with beautiful views of the high peaks, I would check out the John Brown’s Farm area trails.

Courtesy of Onlyinyourstate.com

Heaven Hill Trails

Easy – 2-4 mi.  – Lake Placid, NY

Photo Cred: AllTrails

An awesome bit of maintained trail in the Lake Placid region. There are a number of marked trails that create a few different loops for you to hike. The terrain is pretty flat, however, there is an opportunity to gain elevation by hiking Heaven Hill. Heaven Hill is an easy out and back with very steady elevation gain under good footing. There is no view at the summit other than the beautiful snow-covered terrain.

Loops around the fields on either end of the trail system provide views of the High Peaks region. This little gem is just outside of town and absolutely perfect for families with small children, a pre-dinner stroll, or to test out your new winter gear!

Bald Mountain

Easy to Moderate – 2 mi.  – Near Old Forge, NY

Courtesy of All Trails

A 1-mile ascent to the popular 2350 ft. summit is a must when visiting the Old Forge area. This hike is very popular among families with young children and adventurers alike! The trail has a few steep portions and tops out along some rock outcroppings; although I wouldn’t consider any aspect of this hike overly difficult, I do suggest microspikes and trekking poles in winter conditions. In fresh snow, snowshoes should be worn as well.

The summit is a large open rock face, home to a 35-foot well-maintained fire tower. Both the summit and the Fire Tower provide stunning views of Fourth Lake. The tower remains open in winter and the stairs can be icy – it is frowned upon for people to climb fire towers in microspikes or crampons. Use your best judgment here… and as always, please follow Leave No Trace Principles.

Bald Mountain is actually one of three mountains in the Fulton Chain Trifecta. The Fulton Chain Trifecta is one of several Adirondack hiking challenges. The other two mountains -Black Bear is included in this list- in this challenge would make for wonderful Adirondack winter hikes as well. Make it your winter goal to complete all three!

OK Slip Falls

Easy to Moderate – 6 mi. – Indian Lake, NY

Courtesy of All Trails

Easily one of the most beautiful waterfalls while also laying claim to being one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondack Park. This 3-mile stroll through rolling hills will bring you to the top of a gorge overlooking the 250-foot ribbon cascade waterfall.

The trailhead parking lot is actually on the south side of route 28. After crossing the road you’ll embark on a 3-mile journey through the forest on a wide, easy to follow trail. The final approach to OK Slip Falls consists of switchbacks leading to the stunning overlook. There is an additional .75 mile trail with access to the Hudson River as a viewpoint, although I would not suggest it in winter conditions. 

Black Bear Mountain

Moderate – 4.7 mi. – Inlet, NY

Courtesy of All Trails

A slightly longer mountain hike that isn’t too challenging but still provides a gorgeous payoff. The summit is vast and provides views to the east and to the south. It’s an absolutely stunning summit for sunrise, although you have to continue on past the true summit about 100 yards for a sunrise view! Along with Bald Mountain mentioned above, this mountain is one of three in a fun little local hiking challenge.

This mountain shares a parking lot with the much shorter, and equally as beautiful, Rocky Mountain. The 4.7 mile Black Bear route contains both blue and yellow trail markers. If you choose to hike the blue trail only, out and back, you will enjoy a shorter hike by about .7 miles. It is important to note that the blue trail is much steeper than the yellow trail. The Yellow trail is equally as beautiful with a less steep grade. 

Bear Den

Moderate – 3.8 mi.  – Wilmington, New York 

Courtsey of AllTrails

After parking in the Bear Den lot at Whiteface, you’ll embark on a journey through the woods to the summit of Bear Den. The climb is gradual as it meanders through the trees with seemingly no rhyme or reason. About a quarter-mile from the summit you will start to realize your elevation gain and poke out onto a cliff’s edge with a rock cairn. Although these views are stunning, you’re not quite there yet!

Continue along, following the cairns and footpath until the summit. Here you’ll experience stunning views of Whiteface and the surrounding mountains. You’ll be able to see the chair lifts in motion and you might even catch a view of a few skiers/snowboarders if the weather is just right. It is quite windy up here, exposed and open, so plan to add a layer back on to your body as your temperature drops after all of your hard work on the uphill!

If you’re feeling great and want to stay out on the trail, you’ll notice the sign for Flume Knobb about a half mile from the trail head. You can continue on this trail for a similarly difficult hike with what I’ve heard are equally gorgeous views! If you’ve had enough, continue on back to the car and head out.

St. Regis Fire Tower

Moderate – Difficult – 6.6 mi.  – Paul Smiths, New York 

Courtesy of All Trails

After parking in a lot just off Keese Mills Road, you’ll walk a short distance down a dirt road before meeting the trail. The first 2 miles of the trail makes for a perfect snowshoe, at the 2-mile point, you will cross a bridge where you will begin your climb. About .5 miles from the summit the climb will steepen. Traction is highly recommended as it can be icy in the winter months. 

When you arrive at the summit you’ll emerge from the treeline onto open rock. There are gorgeous views to the South; with the St. Regis canoe area below and the High Peaks in the distance, it doesn’t get much prettier. Climb the 35-foot tall fire tower for 360-degree views of the Northern Adirondacks. 

St. Regis is one of six mountains in the Saranac Lake 6er challenge. The Saranac Lake 6er challenge offers a number of beautiful mountain views in all seasons. This hiking challenge even has a specific patch for winter completion. If you’re interested in hiking the rest of these mountains, be sure to check out my Saranac Lake 6er Hiking Challenge Guide. 

Hurricane Mountain

Difficult – 6.8 mi. – Keene, New York

Courtesy of All Trails

You can choose from 3 different trailheads for this hike. I am only familiar with one of these trailheads, from the Crow’s Clearing Trailhead at the end of O’Toole Road. You must park about a quarter-mile from the trail register in winter due to seasonal roads. There is also a trail from 9N and the end of Hurricane Mountain Lane. 

The Trail from Crow’s Clearing is the longest of the three climbing 1600 feet in 3.4 miles. The steepest portion of this trail will require additional traction devices, so be sure to bring your snowshoes with crampons and microspikes. The wonderful, open peak offers absolutely gorgeous views. Additional views are available from the Fire Tower. 

Hurricane Mountain is one of the Lake Placid 9ers. The Lake Placid 9er is a hiking challenge based on mountains in the Lake Placid area. Hurricane is easily one of the longest, most beautiful hikes of the LP9, however, nearly all 9 would be absolutely gorgeous Adirondack winter hikes. 

Hurricane Mountain in a sub 10 degree Snow Storm

Cascade and Porter

Very Difficult – 5.9  – Lake Placid, New York

Courtesy of All Trails

Cascade and Porter are often a new-to-the-46 hikers first High Peak experience. This shouldn’t change for the winter either! I would only suggest hiking Cascade and/or Porter in winter to experienced three-season hikers who wish to extend their hobby into the winter months. The trail isn’t overly long, however, the final approach is steep and you will be exposed and above treeline. You will need snowshoes and appropriate traction devices to successfully complete this hike. 

The main trailhead for Cascade and Porter is on the scenic route 73 between Keene and Lake Placid. The trail is considered easy by most serious hikers, although tacking on the snow and ice can increase it’s the difficulty. Cascade is 4,098 feet tall and one of the 46 4,000 foot mountains in the Adirondacks; this means that it is part of the ADK 46er Hiking Challenge. This challenge is not intended for the beginner hiker. Please make sure you are carrying all of the essentials, including a map of the high peaks

Have you Found a Hike that Interests you?

If this list has convinced you to take on winter and take a hike, you should check out my 9 tips for Winter Hiking Post. Adirondack winter hiking or snowshoeing is an amazing way to continue your passion for the outdoors throughout all four seasons. As long as you are properly prepared and adventuring under the right conditions, the winter season could easily become your favorite time to experience the outdoors. 

If you’re still not sold on winter hiking, that’s okay! There are so many great places to eat and super fun things to do in the Adirondacks in winter. Some of the most popular pastimes include downhill or XC skiing (or snowboarding), ice fishing, snowmobiling, and visiting museums. No matter what you choose to do, your time in the Adirondacks this winter will be memorable. 

Hiking For Dummies

Are you looking for a great new hobby that brings you outside, keeps you active, and can bring you to some pretty neat places? My top suggestion would be hiking! But hiking can be intimidating, so I’ve created Hiking For Dummies in a blog post form. In 3 short(ish) points, I’ll have you feeling confident for your first, or next, big hiking trip! This post is all about hiking for beginners.

Why Write About Hiking for Dummies?

A friend of mine recently asked me if I could suggest any ‘Hiking for Dummies’ style books… I was shocked when nothing really came to mind. I was lucky enough to learn the ins and outs of outdoor recreation through a college class – I keep up with the ever-changing information and requirements by joining e-mail lists and following the social media pages of great outdoor organizations in my area. Honestly, I never really thought of what people without my same experience might have to do in order to feel comfortable getting outside. And so, this hiking for dummies post was born! If you’re looking for advice on how to get started, I have you covered. 

Hiking for Dummies and Gregory Packs
Continue reading “Hiking For Dummies”

Lake George 12ster Hiking Challenge

The Lake George 12sters hiking challenge was started by someone searching for technical terrain to train on in preparation for endurance train runs. Along the way, they participated in a number of other Adirondack challenges including the Saranac Lake 6ers, and the Lake Placid 9ers. They met many individuals on the trail who had hiked a few on the Lake George Mountains but hadn’t experienced them all. This inspired the creation of the Lake George 12ster hiking challenge.

Lake George 12ster Trails

The creator saw how as the lesser-known mountains in these other challenges gained popularity, the voices that advocated for them increased as well. This opportunity for stewardship brought about the Lake George 12ster hiking challenge and I’m so glad it did! During mud season in the Adirondacks April-June (ish) I try to stay below 2,500-3,000 feet but I still need to scratch my hiking itch! Challenged like this help to keep me entertained while staying out of the High Peaks.

Continue reading “Lake George 12ster Hiking Challenge”

Gregory Deva 70L Backpack Review

Are you looking for an overnight hiking bag? A multi-day trek is at the top of my list for outdoor recreation. I love the challenge it brings as well as the absolutely stunning backcountry views it provides. The Gregory DEVA 70L helps me do it.

Gregory Deva 70L Backpack on the Northville Placid Trail, ADK

My Significant other and I purchased new backpacking bags in an attempt to find extra comfort and better packing ability. After some research, we decided on Gregory Packs and what a great decision it was! Our packs have proven to be durable, comfortable, and able to carry everything we need for an extended overnight trip in the great outdoors.

Continue reading “Gregory Deva 70L Backpack Review”

Create the Perfect Distance Learning Schedule for your Child

Stay at home orders and social distancing can be tough for everybody, but it’s especially hard on your kids! Every learner is different, and it is so important -now more than ever- that students are provided the best opportunity to learn. By designing and providing your student(s) an at-home distance learning schedule for them to follow, you’re only improving their productivity and therefore their success rate. This article will provide you with a few questions you should be asking while creating your child’s digital learning schedule.

Download this PDF to help you organize!
Continue reading “Create the Perfect Distance Learning Schedule for your Child”

25 Money Saving Sustainability Hacks Everyone Can Use

April is Earth Month! The big themes around this time of year are to reduce, to reuse, and to recycle. In that order precisely. To keep our Mother Earth glistening we have to reduce our waste. A zero-waste life isn’t for most people, so for what we can’t reduce, we must learn to reuse or recycle. Here are 25 money saving sustainability hacks everyone can use.

The best way to reduce is to simply refuse extra ‘things’. Unfortunately, this is a privilege that many people don’t have. However, you can still practice sustainability without privilege, and here are some easy money-saving sustainability hacks for you to try. If you’re not too worried about the sustainability part but still want to save money, check out this post on saving/making money for travel.

Continue reading “25 Money Saving Sustainability Hacks Everyone Can Use”

7 Questions to Ask Before Booking your Saona Island Tour

In this post, you will learn the 7 questions to ask before booking your Saona Island Tour. Every tour isn’t created equally and if you’re leaving your gorgeous resort, you want it to be the best day of your trip. With these simple 7 questions, you will figure out which Saona Island tour is best for you! 

A day trip to Saona Island is one of the most popular excursions the Dominican Republic has to offer. La Saona is part of the Cotubanamá National Park and lies off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. The island is known for its mangroves, coral reefs, and palm-fringed beaches. Movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Blue Lagoon, have filmed scenes here because of its pristine condition.

Continue reading “7 Questions to Ask Before Booking your Saona Island Tour”

9 Easy Ways To Make Extra Money For Travel

A few extra dollars can go a long way in planning an adventure of any kind! In this post, I will share with you 9 easy ways to make extra money for travel. By utilizing a few of these strategies, you can save for extra vacation spending money. If you’re looking for inexpensive travel ideas, I have a few for you at the bottom of this post!

Aside from having an amazing career as a teacher, and in return, making decent enough money to enjoy the freedom of traveling every so often, there are also a few other ways that I make/save money. This extra cash might go towards my spending money, the gear I need, or travel expenses for any given trip! Here I will share with you my favorite ways to save and make a few extra dollars throughout the year! 

Continue reading “9 Easy Ways To Make Extra Money For Travel”