2019 Inlet Trip Report

by Mike McMullen
March 1 – 5, 2019

Trail Around Cascade is Ungroomed
Trail Around Cascade is Ungroomed

Almost the end of our season but there was lots of snow in Inlet. There was good snow cover when we got there and it snowed more every day. Temps in the teens and twenties with about an inch falling most nights.

The ten Kick ‘n Gliders on the trip had great conditions. We enjoyed the company of the Stines, Dunns, McMullens and four Pickerings, Bill, Kay, daughter Laura and daughter-in-law, Marcy.

Taking off Skis can be Hazardous
Taking off Skis can be Hazardous

We started off the first day with the traditional trail around Cascade Lake. Nice to start but after about an hour the sun came out and, surprise, surprise, clumping! Got to take our skis for a walk on the way back in and we all definitely slept well that night.

Beautiful Trails at Fern Park
Beautiful Trails at Fern Park

The second day was Fern Park Day. Mike and Pam took it easy and only did about two miles, the Dunns and Stines covered a good part of the trails and the “Energizer Bunny”, Sandy, went back out on her own later in the day to get even more miles.

Had Some Sticky Conditions
Had Some Sticky Conditions

Monday was a treat as we went to new venue that Bill and Sandy had found using a tip from Montainman. Adirondack Woodcraft Camps is a summer camp that was recently bought by a young couple with three children. They’re opening it in the Summer as a camp and in the Winter as a XC venue. The trails were fairly easy with no serious climbs or downhills. It was just a nice easy couple of hours on the trail. The surprise extra was Luna. She’s the owners’ border collie mix who absolutely loves the snow. Luna followed us the entire time, often bounding off the trail and diving into the snow, the deeper the better. Very entertaining.

Glamor Shot on the Golf Course
Glamor Shot on the Golf Course

The Pickerings went a different way and skied the local golf courses. Saturday we were at Thendara with lots of new snow. The trails hadn’t been groomed recently, so we had to create our own trail. Sunday we were at Inlet golf course which had been groomed more recently. As it warmed up, we experienced the same clumping the Cascade Lake crew had the day before.

Single Track Grooming at Adirondack Woodcraft
Single Track Grooming at Adirondack Woodcraft

All in all, a really good trip and the good news for the Boonville trip that followed was that there was even more lake effect coming down.

Video compilation of photos and video clips from the trip: