Based on the count of Prius and similar vehicles we see arriving at Lapland Lake, we know our customer base cares about sustainable behavior. Human powered activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and biking in the summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter fit with this theme.
Here is a quick update on a few small things we are doing in this area. We are focusing on win-win projects where “green” changes also enhance the quality of our guest experiences.
New Energy Efficient Woodstove, Ruska
Energy conservation, heating – in the winter our Tupas (cottages) are mainly heated by woodstoves with supplemental electric baseboard heating. Improvements:
- New woodstove in Ruska Tupa has a two stage combustion design to provide improved efficiency and reduced particulate emissions. Plus it has a beautiful glass window, photo above. We will evaluate this unit over the coming 2015-2016 winter. If it works as we expect will be upgrading more stoves.
- High efficiency replacement windows for second floor of Lapin Tupa.
- Improved insulation as part of the remodel of Tunturi Tupa
- Individual room wall mounted thermostats for electric baseboard heat (6 of 10 Tupas complete, planning to complete remainder before winter). These make it easier for our guests to adjust heat to the desired level without overuse.
Energy conservation, lighting – our existing interior lighting in Tupas is a mix of incandescent and compact fluorescent. As bulbs need replacement, we are converting to LED lighting. This offers the best combination of energy efficiency and comfortable light color.
Local Sourcing – we look for local sourcing options in all our purchasing and have added to our gift shop:
- New “breakfast bin” with local maple syrup produced by the Edwards family in Northville, Adirondack roasted coffee, and pancake mix by New Hope Mills of Auburn, NY
- Bowls from Fawn Ridge Pottery of Chestertown, NY
- Logo hats and bike water bottles produced by The Print Shop in Utica, NY
Questions or suggestions? Email us at email@example.com
Spring is here and hiking in the Adirondacks is the perfect activity! Yesterday (April 30) we I took a brief hike on the new section of the Northville – Lake Placid Trail. We hiked from the Benson Road trailhead, around the east side of Woods Lake, and connected back to the Lapland Lake trail network. We saw lots of beautiful sights, the photo above is one of many.
Even though the spring thaw has melted the snow away and it’s time to hang up your boots, skis and poles for the next few months, there are plenty of activities you can participate in throughout the spring and summer to help you stay in tip top shape for next year’s cross country ski season. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most popular activities for cross country ski enthusiasts to try as the weather gets warmer. Continue reading
If you’re thinking about strapping on some cross-country skis for the first time ever, congratulations! You’re about to start enjoying one of the most enjoyable of outdoor activities!
You’ll be shushing in beautiful woods, gliding by pristine lakes, listening to little else but the wind in the trees, your skis in the snow, your rhythmic breathing, and perhaps the call of an elk, wolf, hawk or other animal in the distance.
But if this if your first time on cross-country skis, here are some tips you may want to follow: Continue reading
A guest to Lapland Lake shared her snowshoeing photos with us! Take a look and see the beautiful scenes from the trail as chronicled on January 24, 2015.
The Importance of Having an Emergency Kit and a Plan if You’re Injured in the Woods While Cross Country Skiing
If you enjoy hiking or cross-country skiing (or even “just” plain walking or downhill skiing), there’s always a chance you could become injured on the trail.
If you’ve been hiking or cross-country skiing for several miles, you could find yourself in the woods with no cell phone signal and no one nearby to help you.
That’s why it’s absolutely critical that you take a small emergency kit with you. It’s also wise to have a plan in place beforehand. Continue reading
Snowshoes allow your weight to be distributed over a larger area so you float on the snow rather than sinking into it. Snowshoes come equipped with bindings that strap on over your own winter boots. We recommend wearing insulated, waterproof boots rather than ski boots (which are not designed for use with snowshoes). Gaiters are helpful to prevent snow from falling into your boots.
Snowshoeing is an aerobic sport, so you may find you will want to remove layers as you exercise. Taking along a rucksack and dressing in breathable layers, as you would for cross country skiing, is recommended. Be certain to pack a camera along with liquids and healthy snacks for your Adirondack snowshoe outing!
Weight and snow conditions will determine which snowshoe from our inventory will work best for you. Our staff will be happy to assist with fitting your boots into the snowshoe bindings. Some snowshoe enthusiasts prefer to use poles for additional balance. If you would like poles to use, please ask. There is no additional charge for rental of poles when you rent snowshoes from us.
Snowshoeing is yet another wonderful way to enjoy a crisp winter’s day here in our winter wonderland. Enjoy!
Cloudy winter days can still result in sunburn and chapped lips when outdoors. This can be especially true if you’re in a wooded area or fields full of white snow while cross-country skiing.
Why? Because UV rays pack a bigger punch at higher elevations. What’s more, snow also reflects UV rays, helping you become even more sunburned than in summer.
Even cloudy days and days of snowfall can result in sunburned skin – again the snow acts as a reflector of UV rays….right on to your skin!
To protect your skin from sunburn and lower your risk of skin cancer, follow these tips: Continue reading
When it comes to cold, the winter days around Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center can get frigid to beat the best of them, with average daytime highs in December, January and February of about 30 degrees F and a nighttime low average of about 13 degrees F.
Yet it’s gorgeous here, as we are surrounded by woods and trails, perfect for a day of cross-country skiing or an afternoon spend exploring on snow shoes.
It’s one of those cold winter days that is perfect for indulging in a delicious warm drink. Read below for some of our favorites.
There’s little that says cozy winter than a mug of hot chocolate or cocoa. The steam rising from the mug as you hold it in your hands. It’s another word for heaven on a cold winters’ day. Be sure to breathe in the chocolate aroma so closely that the steam clouds your glasses and the warmth penetrates your entire body! Continue reading