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Time to place your bets for the annual Ice Out contest

March 20, 2014
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Supporters of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service are betting that spring-like weather will soon follow the vernal equinox in our neck of the woods.


It's time once again for the annual LPVAS Ice Out Benefit. Tickets must be returned by April 1. Each ticket gives a person the chance to estimate the time and date the ice will break out of Mirror Lake and Lake Placid lake. Ice meisters will use criteria used for the past 50 years. There will be five winners per lake.

It's one of those winters we think will never end. When will the ice go out on Mirror Lake and Lake Placid lake? LPVAS Treasurer Judy Shea guesses it could be in May, but there's no telling just how crazy the spring weather will be in the Adirondacks.

While the lack of snow was cause for concern throughout most of the winter, as Lake Placid thrives on winter sports, the constant cold became a boon to this resort town. Sporting events and recreation thrived on the Mirror Lake ice for skating, pond hockey and the toboggan run. Conditions were perfect for the town of North Elba to create a skating path around Mirror Lake. It was a popular tourist attraction, and we hope to see it again next year if Mother Nature cooperates.

In the meantime, let's see some warmer temperatures so the ice can finally go out.

Spending $5 a ticket on the 23rd annual Ice Out Benefit also helps the LPVAS serve the community. This year's proceeds will go toward funding the demolition of the 1976 garage as part of the building renovation project.

The criteria for Mirror Lake is "lake substantially open, from shore to shore, from village to the Boathouse, maybe some in end bays." Records for the Ice Out on Mirror Lake were originally kept by F.B. Giles in 1903 and are the longest records of ice breaking in New York state. Town/village Historian Mary MacKenzie sent the date to the State University of New York at Buffalo where Professor Stewart conducted studies in climatic changes. Recently, Chris Beattie has been sending the Ice Out dates to Paul Smith's College professor Curt Stager, who studies climatic changes. The range for Mirror Lake is March 23 in 2012 to May 13 in 1971. Ice meisters are Jenn Holderied Webb and Jack Irvin.

For Lake Placid, the criteria is to be able to "navigate around the lake and through the straights." Lake Placid records date back to 1919 and are kept at the Lake Placid Marina. The range for Lake Placid is March 26 in 2013 to May 16 in 1972. The ice meisters for Lake Placid lake are Brian Bliss and Marty and Mary Shubert.

Tickets are available at Adirondack Awards, Central Garage, Cerruti Family Chiropractic, Contemporary Images, Duncan's Grill at the Pines, Gold Medal Laundromat, Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood, Lake Placid News, Lamb Lumber, Lisa G's, ROOST/Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau, NBT Bank, Newman's News, North Elba Town Hall, New to You, Station Street Liquors, Shipman Youth Center, The Cottage, The Fallen Arch, UPS Store, Zig Zags Pub, the LPVAS garage at 388 Mill Pond Road and any LPVAS member.



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