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4th annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival
A sign of global warming? The apocalypse? That Tom and Katie are definitely through? Who knows?
But here’s the rub: there is still snow upstate, and that means skiing. In this case, I'm not talking about the downhill kind where you sit in a comfy chair for the ride up the hill. I'm talking about backcountry. Basically, that means you have to work for your runs, using randonee gear to haul yourself up the slope. For East Coast backcountry fans, it also means the start of the Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival, which starts up this weekend.
If you’ve never done backcountry before, this is a great event to get you started. The event is in its fourth year and they hold clinics and events to bring people up to speed on the gear and techniques you’ll need to leave the lifts behind. There will also be a catered buffet dinner party (say oooh, ahhhh) and a Backcountry Magazine presentation featuring Naheed Henderson and Nils Larsen and their trip to discover the roots of skiing in the Chinese Altai Mountains. Nice way to spend a weekend, I’d say.