@theVIC Tuesday, Feb. 4, through Monday, Feb. 10
Friends of the VIC
Help support the Paul Smith's College VIC by joining the Friends of the VIC. Membership is available at a range of levels, starting with a $45 annual contribution.
Daily – Cross-country skiing and Snowshoeing
Check out the most recent trail conditions. Skiers and snowshoers must purchase a season pass, or a day pass, to use the trails during the winter months. The VIC is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week.
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Life in the Snow
Join VIC naturalist Brian McAllister at 10 a.m. and explore the subnivean layer beneath the snow surface and the ground. $20 per person; the cost includes your day pass. $10 for VIC season-pass holders. Friends of the VIC receive a 25 percent discount. Dress for outdoor conditions and bring your snowshoes. Snowshoe rentals available. Preregistration is required. Please call (518) 327-6241.
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Empire State Winter Games: Ski Orienteering Competition
The Paul Smith’s College VIC will host the Empire State Winter Games Ski Orienteering competition on Saturday, Feb. 8. Registration starts at noon. Orienteers will take to the VIC trails from 1-4 p.m. in search of checkpoints. The center will remain open to the general public during the competition.
Sunday, Feb. 9 – Empire State Winter Games: 5K Snowshoe Race
The Paul Smith’s College VIC will host the 5K cross-country snowshoe race – part of the 34th Empire State Winter Games – following the sprint competitions at the Paul Smith’s College soccer field. Registration begins at noon. Race time is 2 p.m. The center will remain open to the general public during the competition. The presentation of 5K snowshoe awards will take place inside after the race.
Friday, Feb. 14 – Full Moon Friends of the VIC Ski Party
Celebrate Valentine's Day in true Adirondack style by bringing your valentine out for a moonlit ski on the VIC trails. Then join us inside for a party. The band Split Rock is playing from 7-10 p.m. Snacks will be available. $10/person. $7.50 for Friends of the VIC.￼￼
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 & 16 – Chili Ski & Snow Sports Festival
To celebrate Presidents Day weekend, the Paul Smith’s College VIC is holding a family-oriented weekend featuring ski and snowshoe races, a 1K Kids Snowshoe Stampede, a naturalist-led ski and a great meal of chili prepared by area restaurants. High Peaks Cyclery will offer ski demos, waxing clinics, ski lessons and tours during the festival, and Ben and Jerry's will provide ice cream. We’ll focus on skiing on Saturday and snowshoeing on Sunday. Also on Sunday: Join the VIC staff for a snowshoe map walk and compete for fun prizes. Ski passes are required to participate in these events. Chili will be provided by local restaurants. Call the VIC at (518) 327-6241. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC.
Wednesdays – Cross Country Ski & Yoga
The Paul Smith’s College VIC is hosting a series of yoga sessions, led by yoga teacher Jackie Foster. Yoga is a perfect partner to cross-country skiing. A session prior to skiing warms the muscles, joints and lungs. A yoga session after skiing will release tension and help cool down the body. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Season ski pass and 8 sessions of yoga $160. Day ski pass and yoga session $25. Single yoga session $15. To register, call the Paul Smith's College VIC at (518) 327-6241.￼￼￼
Fridays – VIC Ski Club
Ski the VIC trails every Friday morning from 10 a.m.-noon. Weekly outings are open to those of all ski abilities. A VIC naturalist will ski with the group and point out some of the hidden gems around the trails. Preregistration is required by 5 p.m. the night before. Conditions are variable, so call ahead. Minimum group size is four skiers per day. Ski passes are required. Ski club membership is $5 per session. Free for Friends of the VIC.
Most Sunday Afternoons – Sunday Ski & Music at the VIC
The Sunday Afternoon Live Music and Ski Series continues with Adirondack singer/songwriter Jamie Savage. He’ll be singing original music in the Great Room at the VIC from 1-3 p.m. So grab your skis, boots and poles and head to the VIC for a fun afternoon of skiing and music. Free with your ski pass – underwritten by Friends of the VIC.
Daily – Map Hike
Purchase an $8 map at the VIC and use it to find your way to different checkpoints where you collect secret codes. Participants who find at least five codes are eligible for prizes and a 10 percent discount on a compass at Blue Line Sports in Saranac Lake.
Daily – New Moon Art Show: Old Crows and Other Blackbirds
The Paul Smith’s College VIC is hosting an art show featuring works by Anne Burnham, Ray Whalen, Geoff Cobb, Rebekah Wilkins–Pepiton, Michael Hart, Noreen Sadue, Linda Sauther, Arnold Sauther and others. The show runs until Friday, Feb. 28. Free admission. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC.
Daily – Adopt a Sugar Maple
Support the development of maple sugaring at the VIC by adopting a tree for $50. We'll do the tapping, and you'll be investing in the education of an intern and the equipment to take loving care of the tree. You’ll also get a quart of maple syrup from the tree when it's ready (shipping not included). Adoption papers are available at the VIC front desk. Makes a great gift!