Winter Vacation Guide 2021-2022

Winter Vacation Guide 2021-2022

Winter Vacation Guide 2021-2022

 

Gore Mt. Ski and Snowboard – XC-Ski – Snowshoe & Backcountry Ski!

Gore Mt. North CreekThe North Creek area is renowned as a mecca for skiing dating back to the 1930s and before!  Major mountain skiing at Gore is a draw for thousands of skiers and snowboarders from November to April. Not to be undone cross country skiers can ski groomed trails at The Ski Bowl Nordic Center (part of Gore Mt.) and Garnet Hill in North River.  North Creek and the Town of Johnsburg is adjacent to the 114,000 acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area with over 70 miles of mapped and marked trails for unlimited backcountry ski and snowshoe adventures.  Look for a return of the Backcountry Ski Shuttle on selected dates and the Citizen Race Series at the Ski Bowl Nordic!

Best Bet for Gore Lift Ticket Deals is to Purchase Online CLICK HERE!  Much the Same for Garnet Hill Pre-purchase CLICK HERE

Click a Link Below for More Information    |    Events Listings CLICK HERE!   |  Gore is Opening Fri. 11/26!  Report Here


 

Lodging

The North Creek Area is loaded with many Lodging options for your winter vacation or getaway.  Enjoy full service resorts, bed and breakfast accommodations, motels, hotels and Short Term Rental options.  Visit our Lodging Page for Most Properties and Visit our Short term Vacation Rental Page for additional places to stay. 

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Restaurants and Bars!

All that skiing has you hungry I’ll bet!  North Creek has you covered.  With many full service sit-down restaurants, pub fare at numerous bars, and quick take-out snacks and dinners!  Click a link below for all the contact info, menus, and the latest open/close information on most dining options.

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Snowshoeing, Sledding, Ice Skating

  Snowshoeing is the Winter equivalent of hiking during the warm months. You can visit a remote pond, top out on a mountain summit, or just take a walk in the winter woods. Most everyone can snowshoe, even kids! That said – some basics of winter recreation are in order. Dress the part – you will need warm winter boots, and layers of mostly non-cotton clothing. Alpine skiing clothing will generally fill the bill, but the large bulky parka will probably be too much as you warm up. Other essentials include a small day pack, extra clothing – warmer gloves, winter hat, water, snacks, and especially this time of year – A HEADLIGHT or flashlight.

Where to go? Many of the favorite Summer hiking trails are perfect for snowshoeing! The North Creek Area is adjacent to the 114,000 acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area with over 70 miles of mapped and marked trails. Use our Hiking Guide to select an adventure. These are more than casual walks especially if you are breaking trail (the first ones after a big snowfall). Additional trails are available off the Schaefer Trail (Parking just outside the Transfer station near the ski bowl). Also see our Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Map Here.

If you are brand new to snowshoeing – rentals and easy packed trails are available at the 2 Cross Country Ski Centers – Garnet Hill in North River and Ski Bowl Nordic at Gore on Rt. 28. The Ski bowl has a few Kilometers of snowmaking so it might be the best bet if many other trails are washed out or thin. Other rentals are available at Beaver Brook Outfitters and Cunningham’s Ski Barn. Another unique snowshoe venue is Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville with snowshoe rentals and guided tours. More Info, Click a link below:

Garnet Hill | Ski Bowl Nordic | Beaverbrook Outfitters | Cunningham’s Ski Barn | Stone Bridge and Caves


The Town of Johnsburg Sledding Hill and Ice Skating are now Open!  Drive into the ski Bowl Park and take a left turn to the Beach.  Park here and access the sledding hill with a short walk to the right.  Ice Skating (loner skates available at the Pavilion) is on the pond and has been cleared of snow.

Sledding and Ice Skating – another great venue is Dynamite Hill in Chestertown

Art and Music!

Plenty of great music and art in North Creek!  Tannery Pond has art exhibits and concerts scheduled all winter long.  Click the Events Tab Below for more information.  Don’t forget H’art on Main Street – delightful art gallery and classes.  H’art Page Here.

North Creek Late Fall and Prelude to Winter!

North Creek Late Fall and Prelude to Winter!

North Creek – Late Fall and Prelude to Winter!

It won’t be long – Autumn colors will soon give way to winter white!  There is still plenty of time to enjoy late fall colors.  Get out and hike around, paddle on 13th Lake or enjoy some of the mountain biking trails at Garnet Hill or The Ski Bowl.  Ski season can begin anytime in November but Thanksgiving weekend (Nov 25-28, 2021) is usually the start of ski season. So, now is the time to plan your ski getaways, North Creek area winter vacations.


Late Fall Hike, Bike, Fishing

As more and more of the trees drop their leaves the annual dormancy sets up.   Trails becoming muddier, but the lack of leaves opens vistas that are usually obscured in the Summer.  It’s a great time to explore the area!  Look on our Hiking Guide for additional information.  Also – it is Big Game Hunting Season in the Adirondacks Oct. 23 – Dec. 5, 2021.  While accidents involving non hunters are very rare it’s a good idea to wear bright colors if you’re out hiking.  Mt. Bike trails can get challenging with leaf drop obscuring obstacles, but some trails at both Garnet Hill and the Ski Bowl have been cleared for Fall Mt. Biking.  Fishing Season is mostly closed but 13th Lake (and downstream outlet to 1st Bridge) remains open ’till Nov. 30 and the Hudson River and other streams have a new regulation that lets you fish Oct. 16 – March 31, artificial lures and catch and release only.  


The Ski Scene in North Creek

Gore Mountain is the star of winter recreation in the North Creek area with almost 500 acres of skiable terrain on four distinct mountain summits.  With 14 lifts, 122 trails and 2500 ft vertical drop, Gore is BIG mountain skiing!  Gore couples all this great mountain with impressive snowmaking, grooming and all the skier services you would expect – lessons, rentals, sales, and lots of great on-mountain food service.  Lift Tickets, Season Passes and Frequent skier cards are available now – Visit Gore’s Ticket Info Here.

Backcountry Skiing – Gore is not the only ski venue in the area!  How about 114,000 acres and 75 miles of backcountry trails – most being great ski and snowshoe routes.  Those are the stats for the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area with connections in North Creek, Bakers Mills and North River.  Visit our Backcountry Ski Page for more information.

Cross Country Skiers are not left out of the mix in the North Creek Area.  Garnet Hill Lodge maintains 55km of groomed Cross Country Ski Trails and offers rentals, ski lessons, ski sales and a charming mountain top lodge and restaurant.  Cross Country Skiers at Garnet Hill can also enjoy the Bobcat Cafe at The Outdoor Center during ski season with food, drinks and entertainment! Garnet Hill XC-Ski Info Here.  And not to be undone Gore has developed the North Creek Ski Bowl into an exciting cross country ski venue with lights and snowmaking on about 7km of trails.  More Ski Bowl Info Here.


Late Fall Events and Entertainment

october, 2021

02oct(oct 2)4:00 pm05dec(dec 5)9:00 pmLive Music at Beck's Tavern

november, 2021

02oct(oct 2)4:00 pm05dec(dec 5)9:00 pmLive Music at Beck's Tavern

14nov(nov 14)2:00 pm19dec(dec 19)6:00 pmBasil and Wicks - Indoor Holiday Markets!

19nov(nov 19)10:00 am31dec(dec 31)4:00 pmArt Exhibit - Widlund Gallery, Kathy Halton & Bob Ingram

28nov2:00 pm9:00 pmGem Radio Theater - A Christmas Carol!

december, 2021

02oct(oct 2)4:00 pm05dec(dec 5)9:00 pmLive Music at Beck's Tavern

14nov(nov 14)2:00 pm19dec(dec 19)6:00 pmBasil and Wicks - Indoor Holiday Markets!

19nov(nov 19)10:00 am31dec(dec 31)4:00 pmArt Exhibit - Widlund Gallery, Kathy Halton & Bob Ingram

02dec6:00 pm8:30 pmMosaics Workshop - H'ART Gallery and Studio

03dec5:00 pm7:00 pmArtist Reception, Mark Walp, at Bar Vino

03dec(dec 3)5:30 pm05(dec 5)4:00 pmLights On - North Creek! Dec 3-5, 2021

05dec2:00 pm4:15 pmNorth Country Singers’ Holiday Celebration

North Creek Fall Vacation Guide

North Creek Fall Vacation Guide

North Creek Fall Vacation Guide

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Main Attractions

The Adirondack Autumn and the yearly spectacle of brilliant leaves is to many the year’s best season.  Hiking is easier going in the cool weather.  Fishing comes to life as trout move about in the colder waters.  Whitewater Rafting, Rail Bikes, and Gore Mt chairlift and gondola rides all offer ample views to a changing landscape of luminous red, orange and yellow.  The Depot Museum and Tannery Pond offer indoor exhibits on art and history.  Take a tour of the North Creek Mosaic Project right on Main Street!  For Fall 2021 – RevRail is operating 5 days a week – closed Tue and Wed.  Gore Mt. is operating Saturdays and Sundays – Gondola – Sundays.  Chairlift – Saturdays (may change due to weather). COVID guidelines for Gore: They are requiring masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
They are not required outdoors for those that are vaccinated.  Rafting is mainly on the weekend days – but check with individual outfitters for additional trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fall Events

There are plenty of Fall Events in the North Creek Area and beyond – cool music, artists, concerts, fundraisers and more!  Master Crafters Festival at Gore is Oct. 9, 10.  Rock and Roots Community Music Festival – Oct. 9.  Fall Pastel Show at Tannery Pond.  Click the Tab Below for more Event Info.  Fall Festival at Basil and Wicks 12-6, Sun. Oct. 10, Vendors, Music, Food – link in events below  See our latest Dining – Events – Entertainment update Here.

For More Event Information – Click the Tab Below Open/Close.       More Attraction Info Click an image below!

All North Creek Events Open/Close

september, 2021

No Events

october, 2021

02oct(oct 2)4:00 pm05dec(dec 5)9:00 pmLive Music at Beck's Tavern

It’s Free!  Hiking, Mt. Biking, Fishing, Camping, Exploring!

The Outdoors call quickly near North Creek.  With the 114,000 acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, The Hudson River Gorge and neighboring Wild Forest areas there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.  The Siamese Ponds Area has over 70 miles of mapped and marked trails with numerous wilderness lakes, ponds and streams.  Campsites and lean-to shelters are peppered through out the area.  Click on an image below and get going!

North Creek This Week, Thru Sept 5, 2021

North Creek This Week, Thru Sept 5, 2021

North Creek This Week!

 

North Creek This Week, Thru Sept 5, 2021Well, just where did the Summer go?  It’s still here!  Summer on the calendar lasts ’till Sept. 22!  Most all area activities and attractions will continue in September and into October.  Water temps are still very swim-warm.  Whitewater Rafting continues it’s 4 day a week schedule – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays.  RevRail continues a daily schedule this week – then 5 days a week (close Tue, Wed) into September.  Gore Mt. will continue a 4 day a week schedule this week – Thursday-Sunday (10AM-4PM) through September 5. Saturday-Sunday, September 11-October 10.  This will be the last edition for Kids Art at the Farmer’s Market (Thursday, 2-4PM).  The Farmer’s Market continues weekly thru September 23rd.  This weekend enjoy Basil and Wicks Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 5th (12-6PM) – live music, food trucks, vendors, fun!  More Info Here.
New Covid Requirements: Tannery Pond Community Center:  Mask policy in the building whether vaccinated or un-vaccinated.  Tannery Pond Center-Sponsored Performances and Events:  Masks required.  Must be vaccinated and show vaccination card for entry.

 


 

Weather and Outdoor Conditions!

 

North Creek This Week, Thru Sept 5, 2021The weather for the week looks great – continued summer warmth with just a chance of rain showers later into the weekend.  Much more weather and outdoor conditions here.  The Hudson River continues it’s higher than normal flows, making for great rafting!  The leading attracting, rafting, rail biking, and Gore Mt. operate rain or shine – so bring some rain gear if showers or rain threatens. 


 

More Activities, Attractions, Dining – Click An Image below!

North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 29, 2021

North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 29, 2021

Weather and Outdoor Conditions

 

North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 22, 2021.  OK we’re saying the BIG Rain is over – at least for awhile.  The results?  Unprecedented Summer Rafting on the Upper Hudson – big water, warm water whitewater – get out there!  However, on the trails both hiking and mt. biking – it is muddy with some long stretches of standing water on a few trails.  This week’s weather looks stellar – with just slight chances for rain.  And a couple of sunny rain-free days will go a long ways toward drying out the trails.  Most all the signature activities and attractions do go rain or shine – do it all – Sky Rides at Gore Mt. (Thu-Sun) | Rafting (Tue-Thu-Sat-Sun), | RevRail (Daily)  Much More Weather Info HERE.

Arts – Instruction and Exhibits, Live Music!

Farmer’s Market Thursday 2-6PM – with Live Music by Adirondack Bluegrass!  Lots going on this week at Tannery Pond with a new Exhibit “Juxtaposition” opening on Friday and Running thru Sept. 29.  RECEPTION: Friday, August 27 | 5:00-7:00 PM.  GALLERY HOURS: Wed – Fri, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Sat 12:00-4:00 PM | additional hours by appointment.  Also at Tannery – EXHIBIT | “Art Outside!” Youth Art Show. August 21 – August 29.  RECEPTION: Saturday, August 21 | 5:00-6:00 PM. GALLERY HOURS: Wed – Fri, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Sat 12:00-4:00 PM.  For both receptions: Masks will be required and refreshments will not be served. 
Sunday Concert – Frank Conti’s Jazz Trip – Great Music, Adults $15, Youth Free.  More Information Here.

Lots more Live Music at Becks Tavern and Music By The River!  Music By The River – final concert of the year and it’s great our own Local Band Northern ExposureSee a video Preview Here.
At Becks this week – Tues, 24 Aug, Northern Exposure, 5 pm.  Fri, 27 Aug, WailOn, 5 pm.  Sat, 28 Aug, Lucas j Garrett, 5 pm.  Sun, 29 Aug, UnTethered with Bill Campbell, 4 pm

More Art – You gotta visit our newest Gallery H’art Gallery, run by Kate Hartley (creator of the North Creek Mosaic Project).  It’s right on Main Street.  And they still have a few spaces in the Intro to Mosaics class on Thursday nights!  Don’t forget Kids Art at the Farmer’s Market – Thursdays, 2PM-6PM

Hiking, Biking, Fishing, More – Click and Image Below!

 

North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 22, 2021

North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 22, 2021

North Creek This Week!

 

It’s August and it’s vacation time!  There’s plenty to do – rain or shine – and at last report no one has melted due to hiking, boating, rafting, rail biking or more in the rain!  Weather apps are everywhere so it’s quite easy to keep track of and avoid the heaviest rain.  The best radar is on Weather Underground – see a link on our Weather Page.  And as has been the tune this Summer – rain is a GOOD thing for rafting raising the water levels in the Upper Hudson!  And rafting in the rain – well, you’re going to get wet anyway – get out there!  Raft trips are run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Short trips from North River to North Creek are also run these days at 2-2:30 with tubing, kayaks, and family rafting.  Contact an Outfitter – for information and reservations – Directory Here.
New – Story Walk Event at the TOJ Library – Sat. Aug 21, 2-4PM  Info Here.

So It’s Raining!

RevRail and Gore Mt both are “rain or shine” activities so bring along a rain jacket or an umbrella!  This is just for regular rain, more dangerous thunder and lightening will delay or postpone rail biking trips and Gore’s skyrides.  For some real rainy day activities – visit Tannery Pond Community Center and Widlund Gallery (WED-FRI 10 am – 4pm, SAT 12Noon-4 pm), or visit some of North Creek’s great shops – Hudson River Trading Company, or Barkeater Chocolates.  Also visit our newest Art Studio and Gallery – H’art Gallery right on Main Street – awesome art, and The Depot Museum right next to RevRail, open Thur – Tue, 12 – 4, Closed on Wednesdays.  North Creek Farmer’s Market in Riverfront Park is also Rain or Shine – Thursday 2-6PM.
Further afield – The Adirondack Experience (formerly The Adirondack Museum) is Open every day, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 1 – Oct. 3.  The Museum is located in Blue Mt. Lake – Website Click Here.  Also the Wild Center at Tupper Lake is a great Rain Day Choice (Reservations Required) – it’s a good hour + away.  Wild Center Website Click Here.  One more great venue is the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, with awesome exhibits and trails (Wed-Sun 10AM-5PM) – website.

 

Activities and Attractions – Click an Image Below!

 

North Creek Area Events for August 2021

august, 2021

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North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 15, 2021

North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 15, 2021

North Creek This Week!

 

North Creek This Week, Thru Aug. 15, 2021.  Pictured above is Peaked Mt taken from Peaked Mt. Pond – a great hiking destination – More Hiking Info Here.  This is the weather and time for great August Vacations in North Creek.  So, if your getaway is just one or two days or a full week vacation – we’ve got you covered with great events, live music, fun and exciting activities and attractions, and the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains!  Don’t Forget – Farmer’s Market on Thursday and Kids Art at the Farmers Market.  Music By The River is on for Saturday Night – Red Haired Strangers – 6-9PM – Music Video Here.  Gore Mt. has a Master Crafters show and sale scheduled for Sunday, August 15th, 10AM-4PM, more Info here!  Read on!

 

Weather – great for Rafting!

 

Weather ahead is looking great – hot and sunny!  Read much more weather and outdoor conditions on our Weather Page Here.  The Hudson is dropping – but still it is an awesome Summer Rafting Level.  Don’t forget – even more river fun – when the release gets to North River (2:00-2:30 or so) many outfitters are offering tubing, family rafting, and inflatable kayak trips.  Check with Adirondack Adventures, Beaver Brook Outfitters and ARO – Many of the Outfitters also have canoes for rent and use on nearby 13th Lake.  Outfitter contact Information CLICK HERE. 

North Creek Events For The Week - Thru Aug 15, 2021

november, 2021

02oct(oct 2)4:00 pm05dec(dec 5)9:00 pmLive Music at Beck's Tavern

14nov(nov 14)2:00 pm19dec(dec 19)6:00 pmBasil and Wicks - Indoor Holiday Markets!

19nov(nov 19)10:00 am31dec(dec 31)4:00 pmArt Exhibit - Widlund Gallery, Kathy Halton & Bob Ingram

28nov2:00 pm9:00 pmGem Radio Theater - A Christmas Carol!

Bikes and Hikes, Rev Rail, Glass Blowing, Gore Mt.

Well, the mt. bike trails at both The Ski Bowl and at Garnet Hill have finally dried out.  So, riding is quite good (although there are a few thunderstorms rolling around!).  Garnet Hill has a great collection of rental bikes and a few guided tours – See Garnet Hill Event Info Here.
Click and Image Below for Information on Area Hikes and Mt. Bike Info.  RevRail – The Rail Biking company is off and running with 2 trips daily – one South along the Hudson and one heading North.  Both trips are very popular – so make reservations as soon as you know your dates.  They do go rain or shine (but they do hold off if there is truly wild weather).  RevRail Info CLICK HERE
Greg Tomb Glass Blowing is right down the street from the RevRail headquarters – so have a look!  Gore Mt. has 4 days of sky rides both chairlift and gondola rides (Gondola Thur/Sun; Chairlift Fri/Sat – subject to weather changes), hiking, downhill mt. biking (not for novices – no rentals available), disc golf, great lunches at the Open Pit Grill and this Sunday the Master Crafts Series 10AM-4PM – Area artisans and regional crafters will have homemade and hand-crafted items on display and for sale.

Arts, Dining and Entertainment

Art in North Creek, start with a stroll along the Mosaic Project right on Main Street.  Then visit our newest Gallery and Studio – H’art Gallery.  Take the Kids to the Farmer’s Market on for Kids Arts -Thursday 2PM-4PM.  This is also the last week for the Gallery Presentation at Tannery Pond – Rock – Paper – Paint.  Lots of Live Music – Becks Tavern and Music By The River are the highlights.  The North Creek area is chock full of great restaurants, cafes, food trucks! Check out our Dining Update below.

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North Creek This Week, Thru August 8, 2021

North Creek This Week, Thru August 8, 2021

Rain, rain, go away – OK it has, this is it enjoy a week of mostly sun balls and temps in the 70s!!  Get Out There!  There is so much to do – Rafting on the Upper Hudson has never been better with unprecedented Summer water levels (Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun) – RevRail offers 2 spectacular Rail Biking trips along the Upper Hudson (daily operation), and Gore Mt. has your mountain sky ride fix with Chairlift and Gondola Rides Thursdays thru Sundays.  Mt. Bikers – the trails are finally drying out – Ski Bowl Park has a great collection of trails with a new connection trail to and from Becks.  It’s Waynestock Weekend coming up.  Click the Waynestock Pic for a Schedule.  Becks has great live music – a lot – check out the schedule here!


Weather For The Week!

Sun and Warmth – just what we expect from August!  Lots more weather information CLICK HERE!  Still, most flowing water is at higher than normal levels – be careful at swimming holes, boating on rivers and streams and tubing.  Hey, the tube is your boat – wear a life jacket! 

 


 

Hike, Bike, Raft

Hiking trails will still be muddy from recent rains, but most area hikes are in good shape.  Mt. Bike Trails at Both Garnet Hill and The Ski Bowl Park are in great shape. Visit our Hiking Guide for Area Trail suggestions
For even more hiking suggestions visit the Protect The Adirondacks New Compendium of area hikes! 
Ski Bowl Mt. Bike Trails CLICK HERE  Garnet Hill Mt. Bike Trails CLICK HERE
Rafting is cranking and it’s not just the Classic Hudson River Gorge Trip.  Outfitters, taking advantage of the unseasonable higher river levels have started Family Rafting, tubing and ducky (inflatable kayak) trips from North River to North Creek.  Check out our Whitewater Rafting Outfitter Directory for contact information.

 


 

Dining, Entertainment, Arts and Events

Check out out new Events Page – open the Tab Below or Visit the Page Here.  Lots to do in the North Creek Area this week.
Jump Directly to our Dining and Entertainment Updates Here.
Don’t forget Farmer’s Market (with Kids Art) – Thursday, Aug 5, 2-6PM – More Information Here!
Click an Image Below for More Information.  NEW! Video of Glass Blowing – click the image below or Here.

 

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