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VIC trails open for skis and snowshoes

PAUL SMITHS - Winter has finally arrived at the Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Centers at Paul Smiths and Newcomb. Once again there are exciting skiing and show shoeing opportunities in a natural environment.

"We've plowed a foot or so in the last few days," said George Hare, the Paul Smiths VIC's maintenance supervisor. "As soon as it dries out a bit, we should be able to pack and set track on the trails."

Both the Newcomb and the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Centers have extensive trail networks available for skiing and snow shoeing. The Paul Smiths facility has groomed trails as well as miles of back country trails. In Newcomb the trail system includes the Sage trail which connects to the DEC's Santanoni historic area.

"The snow shoers are already taking advantage of our winter trail system," said Rynda McCray an Adirondack Park Agency environmental educator at the Newcomb VIC. "There's plenty of snow for skiing as well, so wax em up and come on out."

While the buildings at each of the Adirondack Park Agency's VICs are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the trail systems are available for public use from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, free of charge.

The Paul Smiths VIC is located 12 miles north of Saranac Lake on NYS Route 30 (Phone: 327-3000). The Newcomb VIC is located on NYS Route 28N just west of the Hamlet of Newcomb (Phone: 582-2000). For more information on VIC programming, log on to www.adkvic.org.

The mission of the Adirondack Park Agency is to protect the public and private resources of the Adirondack Park through the exercise of the powers and duties of the Agency as provided by law. With its headquarters located in Ray Brook, the Agency also operates two Visitor Interpretive Centers, in Newcomb and Paul Smiths. For more information, call the APA at 891-4050 or visit www.apa.state.ny.us.

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