Monthly Archives: July 2011
“We skied with Laszlo from 3 to 5:30. The guy just loves to ski, and he flies. He took us into the trees and he ripped parallel turns down a mtb trail that was as wide as a jeep road. After the sun set on the double we skied the remaining sun on The Face…”
The village of Indian Lake, NY is in the center of Adirondack Park at 1,750 feet above sea level. Indian Lake, the body of water from which the town derives its name, is three miles south of town.
In the 1850s, the first dam built on Indian Lake was designed to store and release water for moving lumber to market. It increased the width of the lake, but not the length.
In 1898, construction of the current state dam was completed. It was built to ensure a continuous supply of water to the manufacturing plants and mills along the Hudson.
“I went into the woods to check out Paul’s Peril. Hard to say how much snow Hickory had this season, but coverage was excellent and the snow was surprisingly deep. Paul’s Peril is a challenging and long run that makes use of almost all of the hill’s vertical. The pitch was perfect for my skills, and I lapped it four times…”
The Lake Abanakee Dam in Hamilton County, New York was constructed in the 1950s. Since 1997, regularly scheduled dam releases have made whitewater rafting on the Indian River possible — now rafts and kayaks can reach the Hudson River Gorge throughout the summer.
The structure is a gravity dam of earthen construction — it’s 15 feet high and 240 feet long. Maximum discharge is 6,870 cubic feet per second. Normal storage is 3,660 acre feet and capacity is 6,110 acre feet.
The dam brought jobs to the central Adirondacks from the very beginning. Hamilton County raised $60,000 in the summer of 1950 for land acquisition, clearing of the area, and the construction of the dam itself. Forty men were employed by the project.