Moonlight skiing, food and races at the VIC

PAUL SMITHS – The Paul Smith’s College VIC will be busy this weekend with activities, ranging from a full-moon party Friday to a chili contest Saturday and a snowshoe race up Jenkins Mountain Sunday.

Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m., there will be a Valentine’s day Ski Party. Skiers will be able to explore the VIC trails by moonlight and using headlamps.

When not skiing, participants can enjoy the Full Moon Ski Party inside the VIC building. There will be music by Split Rock, a classic rock band with a touch of jazz and folk. Some food will be provided.

The cost of this event is $10 per person and $7.50 per person for Friends of the VIC.


Family oriented weekend

The activities will continue Saturday and Sunday with several family oriented events, including adult and children’s ski and snowshoe races, ski demos, a naturalist-led ski, a snowshoe map walk, and live music.

The focus will be on skiing on Saturday and snowshoeing on Sunday. The culinary highlight of the weekend takes place on Saturday, with the People’s Choice Chili Contest.

Area restaurants will compete for the best chili, with Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream on hand to provide ice cream to cleanse the palate between chili tastings. The following local restaurants and caterers have already entered the People’s Choice Chili Contest, including: Adirondack Artisans Catering, Shamrock Restaurant, Lakeside Dining at Paul Smith’s College, Simply Gourmet, Lakeview Deli, Chair 6, The Cowboy, Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat and Nori’s Village Market

On Sunday, there will be a 15-kilometer snowshoe race on and off VIC trails. The Jenkins Mountain Snowshoe Scramble will include a visit to the top of Jenkins Mountain.

Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m., the Music and Ski Series continues when Curt Stager and Kary Johnson are scheduled entertain with various styles of guitar and banjo music in the Great Room at the VIC.

Kary Johnson earned a B.A. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, after which she taught music in public schools and conducted a community band for more than a decade. She performs on guitar, bass, and tinwhistle with several bands and also plays half a dozen other classical and traditional instruments. She works on behalf of people with developmental disabilities through Citizen Advocates, Inc.

Curt Stager is professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College and an accomplished musician, specializing in various banjo and guitar styles and performing frequently in the area.

For more information, call the VIC at 518-327-6241.