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Adirondack Snowmobile in Long Lake Ice Fest

Yes we have awesome snowmobile trails. Why? Because we have snow, groomed trails and these trails and riders are loving the conditions – to quote “they just aren’t overused.” A fair and balanced amount of traffic keeps the wear and tear on our trails rideable and surprisingly delightful to many who have not gotten in the winter spirit this year. Yes it’s been a mild winter, but Long Lake is winter, and we have snow. Stan from the Ice Farm reports “This is great, you have winter. I didn’t expect to see this” Not a surprise to hear since winter has been so mild outside of our region. “It’s hard to get in the mood for skiing when I’m playing tennis in Cranford, NJ every weekend… outside,” exclaims a note to the Long Lake Tourism email Contact Us page.

So to kick everyone back into winter gear and to celebrate February, Ice and Snowmobiling, The Town of Long Lake hosted it’s very first Ice Fest and turned the Long Lake Logo into a snowmobile to honor our great wintry riding conditions!

On Saturday, February 4th, Stan Kolonko, of the Ice Farm out of Auburn, NY and ice sculpting partner, Hospitality Professor from Syracuse University, Chris Uyehara ate a hearty breakfast to set themselves on a course of installing, designing and carving the five remaining sculptures for Ice Fest.

The Long Lake Diner participated with a patriotic themed eagle in place, a fitting symbol to compliment the Local Veteran’s Dinner sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club of Long Lake.

Hoss’s warmed guests up with complimentary coffee and delicious chocolates as their Long Lake Bear came to life in ice. Cars heading into town to get the mail and run errands were stopping to watch the Ice Farm team at work. John Hosley even had Stan assist in taking down and replacing the American Flags with vibrant new ones to match the beauty of the bear.

The next installation was sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library. The logo featuring Bear Book ends and a slew of books took front and center on the front porch. As the sun beat down, Stan clued us in that the ice acts as a magnifier, refracting the light and through time the ice will become cloudy. While the light was seemingly the enemy, the cold held on and the blue sky and sunshine added to the terrific ambiance of the day.

The next stop, The Shamrock Motel and Cottages. Stan and Chris enjoyed Pebbles, the dog, and all the spectators including guests staying in Blue Mountain Lake. In addition to the traditional Shamrock, Stan trained our Events Coordinator Danielle Gagnier how to carve using a special chainsaw. Danielle confidently took handle of the blade and carved a heart in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The final installation of the day happened at Mt. Sabattis. Five blocks of ice. 1500 pounds of ice to create the iconic symbol of Long Lake in winter, a snowmobilier flying off a drift. As Stan and Chris finished the sun began to set leaving a glow to set off the vibrancy of the ice.

Expensive tools, chainsaws, chisels, handtruck, a bucket of water and images projected onto newspaper and a lot of years of training and practice for our Culinary Institute of America trained sculptor Kolonko made for a great day and a great weekend.

Sculptures on view in Long Lake and Raquette Lake and lit up for evening viewing. They will be on display until the weather changes and melts everything. Let’s hope that’s a long long long long time from now.

Long Lake’s Winter Wacky Week Jam Packed with Events

February 20-26th

The Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Wacky Winter Wonderland Week with fun activities for all ages.

Winter Wacky Week in Long Lake is a combination of outdoor fun and indoor decompression. We invite and encourage folks to make Long Lake “Family Headquarters” for Mid-Winter Break.

Long Lake lodgings offer lakeside views, cozy cabins and affordable accommodations. Our central location makes exploring ski areas around our area a snap. In one week hit the slopes at our area mountains including: Gore, Whiteface, McCauley and Big Tupper.

If fun zany family events are more your style, try out for Winter Shorts! Experience a cross-country ski clinic with Caleb Davis. Take in a concert at the Long Lake Library with Adirondack Folk Artist Chris Shaw or go for the gold at the Long Lake Winter Olympics.

Don’t miss out on the 2nd Annual Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down between this year’s exclusive participants, The Cellar and The Adirondack Hotel.


Last year’s winners for Best in Show and Best Hors D’Oeuvres go head to head with gastronomic delights to please the palette. Their top secret selections won’t be revealed until game night! Finally the week rounds out with a wild winter geocaching adventure.

Check out our full schedule. For lodging information go to our website at www.mylonglake.com

SUNDAY 02/20-25: Winter Wacky Week In Long Lake!
The Geiger Arena will be open each day of February Break for free skating and sledding from 1-5pm and 6-10pm (except Sunday, when it closes at 9pm)!
SUNDAY 02/20
6-9pm Winter Shorts! Casting Meeting at the Long Lake Town Hall. Actors of all ages and experience levels are invited to this one week intensive acting experience right here in Long Lake! Audition on Sunday, rehearse from 6-9pm on Monday-Thursday, then perform on Friday night!

MONDAY 02/21
10am-4:30pm Youth Indoor Rock-Climbing Trip to Rock Sport in Queensbury. This is the perfect introduction to rock climbing for 3rd-12th graders! $10 for a full day of climbing, all equipment provided. Transportation provided to and from LLCS. Pre-registration required. Call 518-624-3077 to sign-up.

TUESDAY 02/22
10:30am-12pm Cross Country Ski Clinic at the Long Lake Ball Field. Get out your skis or rent a pair at Hoss’s and learn all the basics of cross-country skiing! Free. Minimum of three people required. All ages welcome. Call 518-624-3077 to sign-up.
1pm Long Lake Winter Olympics at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center. Sledding, skating, races, and more! All ages welcome. Call 518-624-3077 for more information.
7pm Christopher Shaw Concert at the Long Lake Library. Join us for a free concert by the legendary Adirondack folk singer and storyteller.

WEDNESDAY 02/23
1-2:30pm Snow Sculpture-Making at Mt. Sabattis. Create and paint your own snow masterpiece! Free.

THURSDAY 02/24
10:30am-12pm Cross Country Ski Clinic at the Long Lake Ball Field. Learn all the basics of cross-country skiing. Free. Call 518-624-3077 to sign-up.
1:30pm Capture the Flag and Manhunt (reverse hide and seek) for kids and teens ages 10-19 at the Mt. Sabattis recreation area.
6-8pm Hors D ‘Oeuvres Throw Down! The Adirondack Hotel and The Cellar go head to head for the title of “Best Appetizer In Town!” Taste 3 appetizers at each restaurant for $10 total, then buy more if you’d like, or sit down and have a full meal! Must pre-register by Friday 2/18. Voting cards available on a limited basis on the night of the event. Drive yourself or let The Little Bus be your chauffeur from 5:45-10pm for no extra charge! Call 624-3077 to reserve a spot.

FRIDAY 02/25
1-3pm Hip Hop Dance Class at the Long Lake Town Hall. All ages are welcome to participate in this free class with professional dancer, Anton Briones of New York City.
7pm Winter Shorts! Performance at the Long Lake Town Hall. Come see your Long Lake neighbors and friends in this unique production brought to you by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts!
$15/10 Arts Center Members.

Long Lake’s Wish List

Craig Inspects  A Rotten BoardLong Lake’s Wish List

New Hockey Boards $14,000

Did I say new hockey boards for the Geiger Arena? Check out the photos!

HELP US! We’re a little town and we can’t do it alone! If you or someone in your community can donate a set of used boards we’ll TAKE IT!
Fix Me I'm Rotten We Can Do Better than This! We want people to skate at our FREE RINK with our FREE SKATES, sharpened with a gift by Michelle Helms and Akuna Matada – Thanks Michelle!
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