Weather Channel reporter Stephanie Abrams interviews Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee Chairman Jeff Dickson Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, live on the air at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid while lugers practice on the track for the World Cup luge races this weekend. The Weather Channel also interviewed Olympic Regional Development Authority spokesman Jon Lundin and USA Luge assistant coach Duncan Kennedy. Abrams spent Monday learning how to luge with USA Luge team member Erin Hamlin and reported live Tuesday from 5:30 to 11 a.m.
In terms of publicity, the perfect storm has hit the Adirondacks.
Extreme Winter Weather Week on The Weather Channel (TWC), combined with wintry conditions and a number of events taking place in the area this week, has brought the cable network to the region.
TWC held a live telecast on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from Mount Van Hoevenberg, outside Lake Placid. The crew, including Wake Up With Al co-host Stephanie Abrams, will report from the combined luge, bobsled and skeleton track from 5:30 to 11 a.m. The venue will host World Cup luge racing on Friday and Saturday.
Scheduled guests included Duncan Kennedy, of the USA Luge coaching staff; Jon Lundin, PR coordinator of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA); and Jeff Dickson, chairman of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.
The segments incorporated live interviews with recorded segments at the Saranac Lake Ice Palace, dog sledding on Mirror Lake and more around the two communities.
TWC made its base in Lake Placid, and spent the weekend and Monday shooting numerous activities. Among the highlights was a learn-to-luge piece that will find 2009 World Champion Erin Hamlin, of Remsen, coaching Abrams on the fine art of luge.
A very busy week in the Northern Adirondacks, with the involvement of Empire State Winter Games organizers, ORDA, USA Luge and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, helped TWC make its decision on a trip to the North Country.
This week promises to provide a number of entertaining events for residents and visitors alike. In addition to World Cup luge; the Empire State Winter Games begin Thursday evening in the Lake Placid Olympic Center; the ROCK 105 Adirondack International Toboggan Championships, presented by High Peaks Dental Care, will occur in Lake Placid Friday night; and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival continues through the weekend, including a parade on Saturday afternoon and fireworks finale Sunday night.