Ski the Adirondacks

Ski a perfect day in the Adirondacks, New York, with these tips from Cloudsplitter Mountain Guide Jesse Williams.
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Jesse Williams, owner and lead guide of Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides in Keene Valley, New York (

) shows you a perfect day in the ‘Dacks.

The Prep:

“If you’re going into the Adirondack backcountry, you can’t have a leisurely start, so I’ll pack the night before. That way, I’ve got enough time to hit the Cedar Run Bakery in Keene (518-576-9929) for a huge omelet and a couple cups of coffee. Then I’ll drive 30 minutes to the Adirondak Loj (

) to meet up with whomever I’m skiing with.”

The Plan:

“There are so many options around the Loj, but the Algonquin Bowl is my favorite. It’s a four-mile skin, and you gain 3,000 feet—an ambitious approach. At the top, I’ll eat a hummus, cheese, spinach, and pepperoni sandwich on rye. The bowl is 1,700 vertical feet; it starts with some steep rollovers and then settles into a nice, consistent 30 to 35 degrees. At the bottom, it tapers into a slide and you’ve got to decide if you want to skin back up or ski out. I like to skin back up for another run or traverse over to the Wright Peak Ski Trail for the run-out.”

The End:

“This is a big, full-day tour and I’m usually pretty whupped at the end. So I’ll just swing by Mr. Mike’s Pizza in Lake Placid and chow down on veggie pie. If I wanted to go out, there are plenty of options, but I usually just want to get home so I can get some sleep and do it again the next day.”


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