TUPPER LAKE - Snow has finally fallen on Tupper Lake, and the first-ever Ski, Sled and Shoe Relay is back on.
The free event was originally scheduled for Jan. 18 but had to be called off due to the lack of snow. It will now take place at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Tupper Lake Cross Country Ski Center.
"The Ski, Sled and Shoe race is a relay catered toward the young and the young at heart," said town Youth Activity Director Mike Fritts. "We just want to give people a chance to shake off the cabin fever and come out for a day."
The relay is slated to have two divisions: family and open. Each team must have three participants: someone on cross-country skis, another on snowshoes and a third on a sled.
The lead leg will be the Nordic skier, who will complete two laps around a groomed course. The skier will then tag the team's snowshoer, who will complete one lap.
Once tagged, the sledder will then race a sled to the bottom of the sledding hill, which Fritts said was groomed for the first time this year to provide a faster ride.
Time will determine the winners, and races will be split into different heats, with the top time being declared the victor.
A paintball target will also be set up for those who would like to unleash their inner biathlete, and a nearby bonfire will help attendees stay warm.
The event is more than about competition. Fritts said he hopes participants and spectators will check out the rest of the dog-friendly trail system, which encompasses more than 6 miles of trails, including a new trail that begins near the golf pro shop and connects with the network of trails around Cranberry Pond. The trails begin and end at the town-owned Tupper Lake Golf Club on Country Club Road.
A full moon ski and bonfire by Cranberry Pond will follow the relay at 6 p.m.
The Tupper Lake Cross Country Ski Center is always free and open to the public day and night. The system is supported by the town and through donations and is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Recent snowfall also allowed the Big Tupper Ski Center to open last weekend. The ski center will remain open through this weekend, and maybe longer if good conditions persist.
Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.