On February 6th, Evan and I made the journey back up through our college stomping grounds and over to Malone, where we spent a great afternoon skiing at Titus Mountain. After getting in our fill of first waking our skiing legs up out of hibernation and then hitting the slopes as much as our fresh legs would allow, we were excited to watch the main event of the evening, the Big Air competition of the Empire State Winter Games (ESWG). As a first-time ESWG venue, Titus drew in a number of athletes and fans that made sure that the Big Air competition’s inaugural run at the ski center was welcomed and appreciated. With plenty of snow made for the occasion and the ESWG torch burning bright, the event was full of enthusiastic participants and impressive air.
With a rich history and beautiful location in the Adirondack foothills, Titus Mountain offers a fun and authentic winter experience in the North Country. For a small town, the mountain has a big heart and provides locals and visitors alike with a place to ski, snow tube, grab a bite to eat, and warm up in front of a fire. Spanning three mountains, the Titus campus has over 200 acres of terrain available for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. With ten lifts - a combination of double chairs, triple chairs, and a magic carpet for beginners - Titus also offers both day and evening skiing/riding, available seven days a week during the season when the conditions allow.
Beyond skiing and snowboarding, Titus also offers another form of thrill - snowtubing! Hopping on a tube and racing some friends down a track is a great way to get out with the kids and even let a bit of every adult’s inner child shine through. Each Saturday evening during the ski season, the base lodge is also the host of live music, the perfect excuse if you’re looking to take a break from the slopes or tubing to warm up for a bit. The lodge offers plenty of space to hang out, refuel, and perhaps enjoy a beverage or two. The outdoor fire pit, complete with benches, is certainly a welcome pit stop between runs as well.
Since March will soon be upon us, it’s also the perfect time to mention that the maple trees at Titus Mountain are the source for a local maple producer known as Moon Valley Maple. Colorful maple taps can be seen winding through the forests lining the trails and sometimes crossing trails overhead, a transportation network for the sweet sap. Established during the 2012-2013 ski season, Moon Valley Maple utilizes the mountain air, well-drained soil, and ideal downhill gradient to collect sap from the trees. Keep an eye out for Maple Weekend events coming up this year - there are sure to be pancake breakfasts, Sugar Shack tours, and maple syrup samples galore!
Titus hosts some fun events when there is not snow covering the trails as well. Looking for a new race to challenge you? You might want to consider registering for this year’s Mud & Mucker Challenge, a 5-mile obstacle course that winds runners all over the three mountains of the Titus ski center. The 20+ obstacles will challenge a runner’s strength, balance, and determination. There is even a 3-mile modified course for new participants or those just in it for the fun and a Mini Mucker course for little racers in training.All in all, from skiing to snow tubing, Titus Mountain has true character and is a great place to have an authentic experience enjoying the snow with friends and family.