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Create your own Memories! Long Lake Winter Carnival 2018


It all depends on the weather.  Some years the snow is flying, or frying pans or Christmas trees.  Guests trudge around Mt. Sabattis swinging golf clubs and hitting tennis balls as far as they can go.  Kids of all ages sled on toboggans and race cardboard boxes down Mt Sabattis.  Some years the frying pan goes so far and fast on the icy surface of the parking lot and spectators gasp fearing for the cars in the parking lot below.  One year the throw was so impactful the frying pan broke and organizers scrambled and improvised with a folding chair.

Winter Carnival always happens the Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend, no matter the weather.  This year its Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake NY.

What to expect for the weather?  Historically the Winter Carnival Conditions have varied from blizzard white outs, to frigid temps or the terrorizing January thaw.

2018 looks to be shaping up for a full-fledged Winter Carnival experience with the arctic cold snap breaking shortly after the Winter Bombastic Event.  Long Lake will be looking for some snow early in the week January 8th and 9th with snow Monday, Tuesday and some ice and snow rounding it up Thursday and the early forecast for Saturday the 13th looks for 20 degrees and morning snow showers.  That’s balmy by Long Lake standards.

Someone once said it’s not cold temperatures, but bad clothes. So layer up! 

One year the Cardboard Sled races were held at minus fifteen degrees. Yes, a minus in front of the 15 and we thought the polar plunge was cold at 8 degrees ABOVE zero.  Our local doctor happened to be on scene to push his son down the hill in a cardboard box and remarked we shouldn’t really be outside because it was too cold, we should at least be wearing gloves!  Funny he said that as we were frantically running brackets for the Cardboard Sled Races and the pen ink was freezing and it was practically impossible to keep up with the teams.  Turned out we had over 40 cardboard sleds participating that year and luckily we didn’t get frostbite as we took turns filling out the paperwork. 

The Geiger Arena has a warming hut. It’s amazing how many people can actually fit in the building to thaw out.  It’s almost like a clown car one person goes in and then another person goes in and then another person and another person, and one wonders, how are all those people fitting in there, with all their bulky jackets and snow pants?  It doesn’t seem possible, but it happens.  Some call it “the magic of Long Lake.”

As Winter Carnival is a community event you can always find members of the Long Lake Fire Department in the kitchen serving up hot food.  There’s hot chocolate and popcorn too.  The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club host the coronation and sponsor some of the games and prizes.  Other businesses and organizations contribute keeping the spirit of the community bright and vibrant.

Lots of people want to know what we have going on for the youngest set.  Our favorites are definitely the Cardboard sled races, skating and sledding all day long. 

If you seek a softer, gentler commitment try your hand at fashion and join in the Wacky Hat Contest.  For gusto and fun give a shot at the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, the Men’s’ Caber Toss, Human Foosball, and Broomball.  Just want to visit and enjoy the great outdoors? Find your spot at the bonfire.  If snowmobiling is your thing, trailer your sled up, make sure you register your snowmobile with the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club (for a break on registration) and hit the trails throughout the day. Mt. Sabattis located right off of the popular Powerline trail known as C7B.  Our Long Lake and Raquette Lake Groomers will be out packing the trails while our Hamilton County Highway Crew and Long Lake Highway crew help flatten out the banks on roadsides for sled traffic.  All local roads in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are official snowmobile trails so use those to connect to C7B, C7, C8, C8B and our shorter interior loops including the Lake Eaton trail are popular too.

The whole day gets underway around “noonish”  We call that “Long Lakey Vacation Winter Time”  The event starts off with a Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Coronation.  A snowmobile parade escorts the King and Queen down the hill with a ceremony anointing our new royalty.  Events continue on with the Wacky Hat Contest, Cardboard Sled Racing, Town Wide Photo, and a multitude of events throughout the day.  Plenty of cash prizes are provided by the Town of Long Lake, The Long Lake Fire Department, The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club, Long Lake Real Estate, the Long Lake Diner and more. 

For 2018 the Ice Farm will be on site doing ice carving demonstrations throughout the day and the day concludes with a fireworks display at 6:30pm.  The Long Lake Little Bus (our answer to Uber) is free and available starting at 5pm.  Call 518.323-5001. 

Join us and bring your whole family.  Come for the day or stay for the weekend.  You’ll be glad you did!  Here’s a link to our available lodging in our area.  Pick your spot, rest your head and our town will do the rest! 

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. Free ice skating and sledding all day long.  The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.

 

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculptures Installation Begins, Registration opens and lunch served

12:15pm Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting

12:30pm Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen

12:45pm Wackiest Hat Competition

1:00pm  Cardboard Sled Races

1:45pm  Town Wide Photo & Kids Events throughout the afteroon

2:00pm  Human Foosball  – 7 people per team

3:00pm  Ladies Frying Pan Toss

3:45pm  Men’s Feats of Strength

4:30pm  Broomball – 5 people per team

6:30pm  Fireworks

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.  This event is free.  Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm.  There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-323-5001 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 

Winter is on the Way

Winter approaches and the locals gear up for a busy season. Snowmobile Trails get prepped, bridges get re-decked, brush gets cut back, TRP’s are filed with the NYS DEC so Ice Fishing Derbies can be launched. Plans are hatched all over town to keep the weather snow machine maxed out to capacity.

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Coming up at the end of December is the Feelin’ Long Lakey Wounded Warrior Polar Bear Plunge. Last year over 50 tough hearted souls braved the fierce bone-chilling cold to take the plunge. Teams raised over $7000 for the Wounded Warriors. If you are interested in signing up or pledging, please fill out the registration form and start collecting for our Wounded Warriors.

For Wounded Warriors returning from active duty around the world, the most difficult part of homecoming is adapting to the daily challenges of everyday life. The Wounded Warrior Project was established to provide tangible, practical support for the wounded, helping them to heal both physically and mentally.

Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative Costumes, Biggest Fundraisers, Best Team Theme and more to be announced.

Here’s a link to the registration information. Let’s see if we can beat what we did last year! Polar Bear Plunge Registration Forms

Snowmobiling is right around the corner. Long Lake and Raquette Lake boast over 70 miles of trails and with the newly opened 7th Lake Mountain Trail, connecting to the Moose River Plains has never been easier. We’ll admit it’s a bit of a rough ride, but work was done over the summer to complete and make bridge access safer. This trail is narrow and extra caution has to be used while navigating it. This is not the super open, speed highway, but it definitely can get you from point a to point b. The trail is challenging, but please know the Town of Long Lake and the Inlet Barnstormers will have their grooming teams out on the trail working with the snow to get you the best possible trails. Looping from Long Lake to Newcomb, Indian Lake to Inlet and Raquette Lake has finally become a reality. If you are looking for a quieter, off-the beaten path location to stay where the trails offer incredible mid-week riding, Long Lake is definitely your destination. Winter Lodging is available: We have a variety of lodgings with quick access to snowmobile trails, lake for ice fishing and great birding areas. For reservations: Shamrock Motel & Cottages 518,624.3861, Adirondack Hotel 518.624.4700, Lakeside Cabin 518.624.9806, Corner Motel 518.624.3571,Akuna Matada 518-624-6430,Brook Camp 518. 624.4234.

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Events aplenty. Look for the Geiger Ice Skating Rink to be open between Christmas and New Years Break and remain open thru the season. Free ice skating, plenty of skates to “borrow” and gliding around the ice under mother nature’s canopy, be it the snow falling or the stars glistening. Call 518.624.3031 for ice conditions. Introduce yourself to Opie, he’ll be handling the ice conditions, ice making and prepping for his 2nd annual Giant Snowman. Last year we saw the Iron Giant, we don’t know what he has in store for 2014.

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Guided Snowshoeing, x-c skiing and winter hiking trips, will be announced during our Winter Expedition Series with Spencer Morrissey and Joan Collins in January. These trips offer excellent guided hikes into unique destinations. If you haven’t navigated in the woods before, or would feel more comfortable hitting the trails with an experienced guide, this program is for you. Regular guided trips can be as much as $350 per couple, these trips provide free transportation and knowledgable guides for $20 a person. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements.

For all the events click on the monthly calendar. Monthly Calendar CLICK HERE

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Come for a minute, stay for a month. That’s how we all landed here! Join us in Long Lake and experience a true Adirondack Traditional winter vacation.

Skiing destinations, Big Tupper, Oak Mountain, Gore and Whiteface are short drives away. Come to Long Lake, stay and hit them all!

Save the Dates in 2014

Ice Fest, January 10 & 11
Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival, January 18
Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby, Raquette Lake, January 25th
Moonlighter Poker Run, February 7,8th
LL Fish & Game Club Ice Fishing Derby Lake Eaton, February 8th
Hors D’Oeuvres Tour, February 13th
Raquette Lake Winter Carnival, February 15, 16th

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New Snowmobile Trail to Open Soon!

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency are collaborating with local municipalities and snowmobile clubs to build a major new community connector snowmobile trail connecting Raquette Lake and Inlet to the Moose River Plains. The twelve mile trail project is slated to wrap up at the end of December with anticipation to have it open for the 2013 snowmobile season.

This is the first such community connector snowmobile trail to be built as part of a continuing effort to promote snowmobiling in the Adirondacks. Snowmobiling is a vital economic driver for tourism during the slow winter months and delivers a positive economic impact of $245 million annually to the Adirondack region. That’s 28% of the total economic benefit in the entire New York State Snowmobiling economy.

Data collected from NYSSA economic assessment of snowmobiling on the NYS economy. For more information click here: Snowmobiling NYS Blog

With the looming opening of the trail, the possibilities for new trips and loops between Long Lake, Inlet, Indian Lake and Newcomb expand, but it can’t happen unless the twelve miles of new trail is groomed and groomed well. Leaders of the involved municipalities met this week to discuss the options and have made the commitment to make this trail a huge success and they can’t wait for the snow to fly. Local leaders look forward to showcase their ability to maintain and helm a project that is valued by the public and respectful of the environment.

Everyone at the table has a stake in the success of this trail. Bill Farber, Hamilton County Supervisor, has touted the need to make this trail a huge success to benefit all of the involved communities. Both the Town of Long Lake and Inlet acknowledged the need to make outstanding effort at stewardship of the trails to meet the strict criteria of grooming and trail maintenance as set forth by the requirements of the DEC and the APA.

The progress on this trail has been a long road of hard work and collaboration of the DEC, the APA and with the support of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Snowmobile Association and local clubs including the Inlet Barnstormer’s and the Long Lake Moonlighter’s Club. Travelers on the route 28 corridor between Raquette Lake and Inlet have seen DEC vehicles parked along the road all fall as workers tackled an incredibly ambitious project. Entry points for the construction have included both the 7th Lake Boat Launch and the 8th Lake Campground.

Maps are not available yet, and the DEC trail crews will continue to work through the end of December to get the trail open. The trail has the character of a foot path, so some corners will be tight due to geographic impediments, including unmovable boulders, and aging trees. The DEC has made a vigilant assessment of all the engineering specs to make the trail safe and passable, while meeting the strict standards as expected with a trail of this magnitude. This trail will be outside of the permitted system in Old Forge and Inlet, and this trail will NOT require a permit. All riders need to be registered with the NYS department of motor vehicles and we encourage everyone to register their sleds in Hamilton County so we gain the revenue to keep grooming the trails. Click here to join the Moonlighters.

Riders will need to use caution until the trail receives a heavy snow pack.

An announcement about the trail opening will be made soon.

Now all we need is snow.

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