Winters are just around the corner, and most of the people have already made elaborate plans as for how to spend the next few chilly, freezing winter months. While some must have pledged to take a backseat and sit by the fireplace, enjoying a book; others who love adventures will prefer to do something more exciting. Skiing is one of the few ways that offer the fun and excitement all thrill-lovers look for.
In the Southern Adirondacks is located the three season ski resort known as the Oak Mountain ski resort. This famous three season ski resort is situated in 141 Novosel Way, Speculator, New York. It is readily available from Albany, Utica, and Lake George. A nice and easy ride from these places will take you to the every glorious snowy paradise where you can have all the fun of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and several such activities and also experience the heavenly bliss of nature.
Base Elevation: 1750 feet
Summit Elevation: 2400 feet
Vertical Drop: 650 feet
Oak Mountain provides an area of about 46 acres for skiing and 18 acres for snowmaking. It also gives us the facility of night skiing on an area of about 12 acres. Apart from skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, Oak Mountain is also famous for its mountain biking sport.
For the non-skiers, tubing and snowshoeing are among the topmost adventures out here. The 120 inches of average snowfall makes Oak Mountain a suitable place for all the adventures related to snow.
The atmosphere Oak Mountain ski resort is truly fantastic. It is more of a family-oriented ski resort, and the personnel is really friendly out here.
A variety of trails is available at the Oak Mountain. There is a total of 22 trails which include beginner hill, Terrain Park, blue cruisers, black diamonds, glade trails, etc. In these 22 trails, 45% is provided for the beginner skiers, 27% for the intermediate skiers, 18% for the advanced, and 9% of the total for the expert skiers.
The longest run provided by this ski resort is 1 mile. There is a total of 3 lifts available here in the Oak Mountain. These include one quad chairlift and 2 T-bars. Oak Mountain also 22 park features.
Several snowshoeing trails are also available here keeping in mind the fun activities for those who prefer not to ski. Four lanes of snow tubing are provided as well for all the non-skiers, in fact, the skiers also enjoy these facilities.
The snowshoeing is free; the only thing that is to be done to avail this free facility is to sign in to the base lodge. And then, enjoy as much of free snowshoeing as you can. Oak Mountain’s summit elevation reaches up to 2,400 ft. The vertical drop is about 650 ft. and the base elevation rises to 1,750 ft.
The Hidden Pond Loop is a peaceful trail provided for snowshoeing. It is a gentle climb to the Snowshoe Pond reached by walking through the serene woods. But extra caution should be taken because this crosses the snowmobile trail.
After the Hidden, Pond Loop comes to the Spec View Loop, which climbs to the top of the second lift. Through this trail, the scenic beauty of Speculator Mountain and Sacandaga Lake can also be viewed. The eyes of tourists find pleasure in these scenic beauties.
Next, comes, the Summit trail with its outstanding view. This trail gradually rises to the top of the mountain and gives a thrilling experience and mesmerizing view. The information related to the surrounding mountains and lakes can be gained by Ski Patrol and the Lift Attendants on the way to the summit trail.
Several trails are also provided for mountain biking. A variety of terrains ranging from easy to difficult are available here. Nova, Smoothie, and Lupin come under the easy trails. The moderate terrains include Electric Avenue, Venom Flow, and Supernova. As for the difficult terrains which are accessible to only the experts, these are Jungle Fever, Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang, and Lucky Seven.
Be it seasonal or a full-time rental, several cabins, cottages, hotels, and lodges are available at the Oak Mountain.
The Alpine Meadows Chalets is fully furnished and fully equipped with kitchen, hot water, heater, full bath, etc. It provides a comfortable experience. The Bearhurst Lakeside Cottages, Cedarhurst Motor Lodge, Henrietta House, Irondequoit Inn, Lake Pleasant Lodge, Melody Lodge, McComb’s Cabin, Oxbow Lake Motel and The Inn at Speculator are some of the best places to stay with your family. Also, Pleasant Point Country Inn, Pine Cove Cabins, Red Pines B&B, Timber Ridge Cabins, Watersedge Cottages also come under the most comfortable lodges which are really enjoyable and equipped with facilities that cover all the necessities.
There are several dining locations as well. These include Oak Mountain Acorn Pub and Eatery, Common Grounds Café, King of the Frosties, Logan’s Bar and Grill, Melody Lodge, Mountain Market, Old Country Pizza, Oxbow Inn, Sunrise Dinner, The Inn at Speculator, The Ohio Tavern, and the Timberline Café. You can relish delicious food cooked by the finest chefs in the region, and enjoy a sumptuous meal.
Chef Lou Petrozza has specially designed the Oak Mountain Café’s menu keeping in mind the popular and delicious food. It serves seven craft beers, signature cocktails, Shirley temples, etc. The food of Acorn Pub and Eatery is delicious as well. Chef Gordan Ramsay is the master behind the delicious food of this place. It is often referred to as the “Hell’s Kitchen”. The nice hospitality, fun, and high standards of this place make it very suitable for the skiers as well as the non-skiers.
For quick bites, the Oak Mountain Café is very famous. The cafeteria style of this place with hot chocolate and homemade cookies makes people feel really cozy and comfy here. The plus point is that free wifi is available here.
The lessons and programs provided by Oak Mountain range from first timers to several lesson packages.
The first timers are taught about the equipment, balancing, how to get up from a fall, how to manage several turns, and also how to stop. The beginner lessons include controlling turns, exploring green terrains, and building confidence in the skier. All these lessons are provided in order to ensure that people get an amazing experience in the snow.
Various other lessons, rentals, and beginner thrill lifts and tickets are included in the Learn to Ski or Snowboard Packages. Adult lessons, as well as lessons for kids, are also available here along with the group and private lesson plans.
However, reservations are recommended for these lessons before you visit the ski resort so that you can get a place in the learner’s group without having to wait.
Oak Mountain organizes a number of events which work as a great attraction.
These events include Annual Holiday Fair, SHCRA Snowmobile Hill Climb, Oak Runner Snowshoe Race, Northeast Ski and Craft Beer Showcase, Oktoberfest, Oak Runner Mountain Trail Run, Ski Patrol Fund Raiser BBQ and the Famous Cardboard Race. Dummy Big Air, Rail Jam, USASA Rail Jam, Halloween Happenings at Oak Mountain, Great American BBQ, etc. are some of the other events that attract the visitors’ attention and make their stay a memorable one.
Several destination weddings also happen at the Oak Mountain, thanks to its picturesque location and the scenic beauty.
Apart from all these fun, Oak Mountain also has the facility of several race programs. So, all the racers could go nuts and be a part of these awesome programs.
The magnificent forest hiking, the beautiful view of the surrounding lakes, the various mountain bike trails, the amazing view from the top during the chairlift rides, and a variety of exciting events along with delicious food makes Oak Mountain a famous tourist spot. The skiing and snowboarding fun are fantabulous.
So, why not give this resort a try? Even though this resort is well-known for skiing, you could enjoy a lot many activities out here. If you are a non-skier, there is no need to worry because Oak Mountain is a complete package. If you haven’t already booked your tickets, then you should do it soon because this is the place that you have always been waiting for. Go, visit Oak Mountain Ski Resort with family and friends and make the most of the upcoming winter vacations. You can enjoy every moment of the time spent with your dear ones and return with memories to cherish forever
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