Dispatches from The Inn

Earth Day endeavor observed at nearby Paul Smiths College

Paul Smith’s College is cancelling classes this Earth Day, but students won’t take the day off – they’re fanning out across the North Country to serve food and volunteer at several community groups and non-profit organizations.

Paul Smiths College celebrates Earth Day in the Adirondacks

Paul Smiths College celebrates Earth Day in the Adirondacks

Students, faculty and staff will take part in the college’s second annual Earth Day of Service on Wednesday, April 22. Projects are scheduled at the Left Bank Café in Saranac Lake, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, the Saranac Village at Will Rogers retirement community in Saranac Lake, area animal shelters, and many other places. Volunteers are doing roadside cleanup, rake lawns, make cards for injured veterans and sick children, and much more. Classes across campus have been canceled for the day to maximize participation.

Culinary, hospitality and baking students will cap off Earth Day with a 6 p.m. benefit dinner at the Left Bank Café.

Chef Kevin McCarthy’s Contemporary Cuisine class will prepare the “From the Earth” supper, which consists of an all-vegetable, five-course menu, and Chef Deb Misik’s pastry students will take care of dessert.

Professor Joe Conto’s hospitality students will serve the meal. All proceeds will be donated to the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative.

Lake Placid, NY-based US Luge Team helps cancer stricken athlete

Samson of the Bible drew his strength from his hair. Olympic medalist Erin Hamlin and her Team USA luge teammates, based in Lake Placid, NY are hoping to use theirs to lend a little hope to an ailing younger slider.

Hamlin, Aidan Kelly, Chris Mazdzer, Jayson Terdiman and Matt Mortensen, along with coach Bill Tavares, have pledged to sheer their locks at the end of the month in a fundraising effort for 14-year-old Duncan Segger. Segger has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Click the following link for the full story from writer Brian Trusdell and TeamUSA.org: http://tinyurl.com/k84gl8y

Adirondack Lake Placid skiing, riding continues at Whiteface & Mt Van Ho

Skiing at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack Lake Placid region

It’s 4:30 PM on Wednesday as I write this and it’s (still) snowing in the Adirondack Lake Placid region. This is in addition to some 10 inches that’s fallen in the past 10 days. That has been our theme since late December, and I must say, the skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing continues an epic season.

THURSDAY AM UPDATE – Last night, Whiteface Mountain received another 5 inches of snow, giving us 15 inches over the past 11 days.

Snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack Lake Placid region

Snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack Lake Placid region

I have personally experienced stellar conditions at Whiteface Mountain. Mirror Lake, which is adjacent to the inn, continues to offer dog sledding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

Whiteface Mountain is open daily through Sunday, April 12. The mountain is still offering 68 trails covering top to bottom access. Actually, Whiteface might open for weekend activity after Sunday. Check with us for updates. I can tell you that there will still be lots of snow whether or not the lifts run after Sunday. Thereafter, we will definitely see hikers taking advantage of all the spring snow whenever the lifts stop running.

But first things first….this weekend brings us the annual pond-skimming event and more.


  • Cloudspin Lounge Special: Magic Hat 9 & the Whiteface Burger, topped with chili, cheddar and jalapenos


  • International Pond Skimming Championships: Think you can make it across our sea of slush? Many have tried and almost as many have failed but crossing the pond isn’t the only way to win. Contestants will be judged on distance, splash and costume!
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registrations: Guest Services 8:00 am – 11:00pm | There will be a strict limit of 100 competitors so get here early to ensure your spot
  • Competition Begins: 12:00 pm
  • Awards: Held on the Cloudspin deck at 4:00 pm
  • Rock The Face: Live music all day with Annie in the Water and Spiritual Rez.
Cross country trails in the Adirondack Lake Placid region

Cross country trails in the Adirondack Lake Placid region

If you prefer nordic activities, Mount Van Hoevenberg has 35 kilometers (20 miles) open for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. The nordic center is just 6 miles from the Mirror Lake Inn, and has its own comfortable base lodge with hot and cold food available.

The weekend forecast is going to be very agreeable for all these recreational pursuits. And right now, lift tickets, trail passes and hotel prices are very attractive. If you’re up for one last blast in the Adirondack Lake Placid area, please give us a call at 518-523-2544. Our on-site reservation staff will give you the latest information.