Ski with an Adirondack Backcountry Guru
by Elizabeth Folwell
Tony Goodwin—known for meticulously detailed High Peaks guidebooks, wilderness advocacy and management of the 50-kilometer Jackrabbit Trail that links Keene, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and other communities—is the go-to guy for backcountry exploration. Later this winter he’ll lead two trips suitable for strong intermediate cross-country skiers ready for full-day outings. To reserve a place on either trip with Adirondack Ski Touring Council call him at (518) 523-1365 to reserve a slot.
February 22: Raymond Brook, North River. A classic trip capitalizes on old ride-up, slide-down alpine trails through deep woods in Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. Park at Old Farm Clearing lot off 13th Lake Road and head toward the parking area on Route 28, with distance ranging seven to nine miles depending on the choice of routes. You’ll lose close to 1,000 feet of elevation on this one, so be confident in your step turns, snowplows and quick stops.
March 8: Avalanche Pass, Lake Placid/Adirondak Loj and Tahawus trailhead. Challenging 13-mile trip through spectacular mountain pass, with key swap so you don’t need to plant a car at the other end of the trip. The terrain varies from rolling and narrow to tough climbs and downhills amid boulders. This is one of the best backcountry ski treks in the Northeast.