Winter in the Malone area has something for everyone. With 100 to 150 inches of annual snowfall, and situated at the northern Adirondack foothills, the variety of cold weather activities is endless. The area offers skiing, snowmobiling, hockey, skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, dog sled racing and snowshoeing.
The Titus Mountain ski center is just 6 miles south of Malone. Originally called Moon Valley, Titus has evolved into a favorite regional destination. Moon Valley was started by the Johnson family with a T-Bar and tons of local enthusiasm. After evolving into an area with chair lifts, the facility was sold to its present owners. Renamed Titus Mountain for its location, a second, higher slope was opened. Now, the facility refers to these as Upper Mountain and Lower Mountain.
Today at Titus Mountain, you'll find 27 perfectly groomed trails and two lodges loaded with atmosphere. Family-oriented fun and affordability make Titus Mountain appealing from beginner to expert.
Riding the chairlift at Titus Mountain
(Photo — Andy Flynn)
An Adirondack Mountain, Titus has a vertical drop of 1,200 feet and 42 trails. Titus Mountain offers a ski school and snowboard lessons. For more information, visit www.titusmountain.com.
Summer around here is referred to by enthusiasts as "Two months of lousy ice fishing!" Seriously, though, ice fishing does have its local devotees. Just about 15 minutes southeast of Malone are the Chateaugay Lakes, where tournaments are often held on the weekends. Sponsored by a local pub, prizes are offered and a hot meal, coffee, and cold refreshments can be had readily. Just 20 minutes south of Malone, Indian Lake offers perch and northern pike beneath its ice. Nearby are two local pubs, the Trailside Inn and Belly's Mountain View Inn, will take care of your refreshment needs.
Dedicated hard-working snowmobile clubs make Adirondack snowmobiling on regularly groomed trails a premier winter pleasure. Franklin Snowmobilers, Inc. operates five trail-groomers on 250 miles of trails. Access to these trails is right on the Malone village line, and they are also accessible from some of Malone's motels.
The area's groomed and maintained snowmobile trails wind through balsam- and spruce-lined forest and affords gorgeous mountain scenery. Along the trails, in small Adirondack hamlets, establishments offer hot food, coffee, hot chocolate, and other refreshments. Entire families take advantage of the wonderful trail systems that connect to Malone.
Is Malone a hockey town? Let's take a look. Starting off in the mid-1970s, hockey devotees skated on a small patch of ice known as the "village pond," and it was called "Club Hockey." These players and supportive parents of future hockey "stars" got together on Malone Recreation Park property and erected a shell in 1974, which houses the present facilities. Today the program, called Malone Minor Hockey, has expanded to about 125 young players, both boys and girls, ages 4 to 18 years. Both boys and girls have benefited from their experience and have attended college due to the Malone Minor Hockey programs. It is not unusual to find scouts at the ice arena.
Malone Minor Hockey hosts regional tournaments every winter in that old arena, and greatly impacts the local economy, filling Malone motels and restaurants. The hockey season extends from early November through late February.
Public skating is available at the State Street Arena. Call ahead for ice time. The phone number is (518) 483-0680. The Club's ice is also shared with the Malone Figure Skating Club.
The Malone Fish and Game Club maintains a fine cross-country ski trail system just outside of Malone on the Webster Road. Ski rentals are available and a caretaker is on staff to help you with your rental and information. The phone number at the Malone Fish and Game club is (518) 483-3227. The Club is located in the Adirondack foothills, and the trails pass by a maintained Fish and Game Club pond, a gentle stream, and a beaver pond.
There are several areas of state land just south of Malone a few miles, where one can strap on their snowshoes and a have a quiet leisurely stroll through silent balsam woods, and along lakes and streams. The Malone area is a winter paradise.
For more information about winter events and attractions, call the Malone Chamber of Commerce at (518) 483-3760 or go online at www.malonenychamber.com.