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)
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.