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VICs to host ski & snowshoe fest

By combining the festival into a one-day event with both skiing and snowshoeing, the Agency will be able to serve more residents and visitors in the southern (Newcomb) and northern (Paul Smiths) portions of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park during the King holiday weekend, which is one of the region's top three weekends for tourism traffic during the winter.

Newcomb VIC

The Chilly Ski & Snowshoe Festival will highlight the Newcomb VIC's 3.6-mile winter trail system and offer a variety of activities for people of all ages. Skiers must bring their own equipment, and people may either bring their own snowshoes or borrow the VIC's snowshoes for free.

The festival includes snowshoe use, snowshoeing workshops, hot beverages and the following children's craft activities: make a balsam sachet, snow goggles, snowman pin, and winter art.

Family activities on snowshoes include the VIC's famous search for the "Gold" Medallion and a scavenger hunt on each of the trails. Educators from the Adirondack Mountain Club's offices in Lake Placid will be offering instruction onsnowshoeing and winter preparedness. Admission is free. For more information, call the Newcomb VIC at 582-2000.

Paul Smiths VIC

The Chilly Ski & Snowshoe Festival will highlight the Paul Smiths VIC's 9.5-mile winter trail system and offer a variety of activities for people of all ages. Skiers must bring their own equipment, and people may either bring their own snowshoes or borrow the VIC's snowshoes for free.

The festival includes cross-country skiing, snowshoe walks, children's activities, learn-to-ski workshops, a ski-waxing clinic, a chili-cooking contest, and the 4th Invitational Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Eating Contest.

Several naturalist and guided walks will leave from the building on a variety of trails. Nordic skiing experts from High Peaks Cyclery Mountain Adventure Center in Lake Placid will teach the ski workshops.

Professionals from Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters in Saranac Lake will offer their snowshoeing expertise. And a forest ranger from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be on hand to help visitors with tips on winter preparedness. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Paul Smiths VIC at (518) 327-3000.

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