If you go to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, wear a warm jacket and sturdy boots. Whether you’re ogling the majestic Ice Palace, smacking a baseball with snowshoes on your feet or watching curlers slide their stones across a frozen lake, it’s all about having fun in the bracing Adirondack air. “Even events that could be held indoors are held outdoors,” said carnival chairman Jeff Dickson.
Volunteer Dean Baker cuts through ice with a power saw during construction of the 2010 Ice Palace. Workers use both modern and old-fashioned tools to build the structure. (photo: MARK KURTZ)
Volunteer Bill Madden operates a crane that lifts ice blocks out of the lake while volunteers Tom Hyde and Mark Weller use giant tongs to position the blocks on top of a wall during construction of the 2010 Ice Palace. (photo: MARK KURTZ)
This vintage postcard image shows the Ice Palace at the turn of the 20th century. The first Ice Palace was built in 1898. (photo: WILLIAM KOLLECKER)
Adirondack photographer Mark Kurtz snapped this image of last year’s Ice Palace illuminated by colorful fireworks. The photo appeared on National Geographic’s website. (photo: MARK KURTZ)
“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau designed this year’s carnival button. The theme is Space Alien Invasion.