We had the chance for a quick overnight visit to the Lake Placid area, so after a semi-white knuckle drive through the tail end of Friday's snow storm, we arrived in time to head over to the Dewey Mountain cross-country ski center just outside of Saranac Lake for one of their Friday Night Ski Jams.
described it on his blog as "probably the most challenging ski area in the world as its narrow trails wind and dive through the woods in a manner that requires fierce concentration."
We left on the early side, around 7:30pm, so that we could make it over to another Saranac Lake institution, Casa Del Sol, in time for dinner. When we left, Dewey's small parking lot was full with what seemed like a mostly local crowd, a testament to the strong community support that has built around Dewey and a reflection of Saranac Lake's strong skiing heritage. We're looking forward to returning soon to check out the rest of the network in daylight.