A multitude of adventures to choose from... 

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Ice Climbing

The Adirondack Mountains host some of the best ice climbing in the northeastern states and attracts climbers from all over the world.

Our professional guides will teach you everything from the basics of tool placement and crampon footwork to advanced techniques for steep ice and mutli-pitch climbing.

 All courses include professional guided instruction, equipment rentals, and scenic views! A required (basic) equipment list is available and may be printed from our web site. Conditions may be variable due to weather and visitor popularity; safety is our paramount priority. All guides hold NYS licenses and have wilderness EMS training.

INTRO TO ICE

In this introductory 1 day course to beginning ice climbing, fundamental ice climbing skills will be taught in a top-roping lesson. Participants will learn the basics with our experienced guides, climb on a frozen waterfall, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the region.

basic knots

top-rope climbing & belay techniques

crampon and ice axe techniques

basic movements

4:1 maximum client:guide ratio

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Ski Tours

 The Adirondack Park is a winter wonderland for skiing opportunities, with local trails around town and the backcountry terrain of the High Peaks, there is something for everyone.  We offer introductory to advanced courses in all disciplines of skiing ( see disciplines below ) on an incredible variety of terrain. After your guided trip you can get a discount on the equipment should you decide to invest in your own set up, if you don't already have ski gear.  

 CROSS COUNTRY Skiing involves skiing on flat ground to gentle rolling hills with no sharp turns such as golf courses and tracked trails.  Skis are narrow to medium in width and may have a scale pattern or skin on bottom to provide grip, boots and bindings tend to be flexible for ease of the classic "kick and glide" technique.

SKATE SKIING

Involves stepping one ski at an angle and pushing off from it, much like ice skating. This type of skiing is associated with speed and performance and requires technical skills and physical conditioning.  Skate skis have a smooth base (waxable), the boots are light but have a stiff sole and good ankle support.

BACKCOUNTRY TOURING

 The Adirondack State Park is also the perfect destination for AT and telemark skiers.  Get into the game, hone your skills, and master your technique on a wide variety of trails from Whiteface Mountain morning skinning and alpine techniques to the miles of wilderness trails in our area.  The Adirondack slides also make for some of the best back-country ski slopes, and with so many at hand we can introduce you to one of any level you desire.  You can also combine your skiing adventure with a winter mountaineering and camping course and enjoy a multi-sport winter backcountry experience. We offer introductory to advanced courses all season long!

May involve off-track terrain with moderate hills which may require the ability to navigate significant downhill sections.  Skiis tend to be wider with metal edges and scales, boots and bindings tend to be heavier duty for control over uneven terrain.

  TELEMARK

Skiing downhill with "freeheel" turning technique.  Requires good technical skills.  Skis are medium to wide with full metal edges and a waxable base (waxable).  Boots are rigid and bindings are very sturdy, often with a cable stretched around the heel for added control.

Alpine Touring

Venturing deep into the backcountry in search of steep terrain.  The skis, boots, and bindings are very similar to those used in alpine (downhill) skiing except they are lighter, more flexible and the binding heel can be released to allow a "kick and glide" technique A set of climbing skins is often used to provide grip on the uphill sections.

 

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Snow Shoe Adventures

Come explore the beauty of our winter wonderland by snowshoe!  Our experienced and licensed guides will help to outfit you and your group with rentals, poles, and any other gear you may need to make sure you have a great snowshoeing adventure!  Climb one of the 46 High Peaks, explore a fire tower mountain, bushwhack a seldom explored peak to hidden views or take a scenic stroll, whatever adventure best meets your interests and ability!  We can even do a night tour by headlamp to a bonfire and have s'mores.  You can also combine your snowshoeing adventure with a winter mountaineering and camping course and enjoy a multi-sport winter backcountry experience.  We will emphasize skills and technique so you can get the most out of your snowshoeing experience with us!