Last weekend’s sun and temperatures in the 70s served to highlight the fall colors and bring lots of visitors to this part of the Central Adirondacks.
“In terms of weather and leaves, it was a perfect storm,” said McCauley Mountain Manager Steve Udavinis.
Uzdavinis reported that the McCauley chairlift served close to 1,000 people per day on Saturday and Sunday.
“It was a blockbuster weekend. We always like to say there is room for more, but we were at capacity,” he said.
Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer commended Uzdavinis and his staff for continuing operation of the chairlift after the usual 4:30 p.m. closing time to accommodate the folks who were still waiting in line to enjoy the experience.
Cars filled the streets and downtown parking lots, as well as trailheads. Vehicles lined Rondaxe Road from the Bald Mountain trailhead down to Route 28.
Farmer said some local business owners reported that last weekend was busier than the fourth of July. Some restaurants even ran out of food to serve their customers.
“This is the most accessible, most affordable Adirondack resort area and visitors get it all—the views, customer service, the character of the area. That’s why people are coming back again and again,” Farmer said.
“Peak is a period of time, it’s not one day. Right now we’re in peak season and the colors are holding. I think we’ll have enough good weather this weekend to keep people excited.”