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April Thrills at Adirondack Hills

Photograph courtesy of Gore Mountain, North Creek

In Old Forge on April 6 there’s a chance to downhill for just $10 and help build a school in Central America at McCauley Mountain. Extreme skier Chantelle Heroux, who considers the local slopes home turf, presides over monkey tossing, a relay race and guessing when the ice castle will melt—all for a good cause sponsored by Bridge to Skate, a nonprofit organization of athletes, artists and educators that combines skateboarding with youth-oriented projects in poor communities.

If you’re nostalgic for disco, own a groovy leisure suit and want a little spring skiing too, Whiteface Mountain’s Retro Weekend serves up sensory overload April 6-7. There are trivia contests for the most awesome decades of the late 20th century, live music channeling the hits that never went away and the opportunity to schuss scores of trails in stylish vintage attire. On Sunday Whiteface lift tickets of $40 for adults reflect another era too. An added bonus that day: pond skimming in costume is no extra charge for the chance to look extra silly and get soaked with frigid water.

Gore Mountain’s Bullfrog Bog, in front of the base lodge, is home to the annual pond-skimming contest on Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. Judges award prizes for longest run, biggest splash and finest costume, and in case of a tie, the goofiest outfits will trump other scores. All winter water skiers must wear helmets, and pond king, queen, princes, princesses and frogs will be crowned in a glorious ceremony.

Though the slopes are closed for skiers this weekend, Queensbury’s West Mountain roars to life in the Wild, Wild West snowmobile events April 5-7. There are cross-country races, hill climbs and other contests for the Skidoo set. The action heads north to Malone the next weekend for Thunder on the Mountain at Titus family ski center.

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