Winter ends early in Adirondack Mountains

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Break out the golf clubs. Despite a drastic cool down this week, winter is over in the Adirondack Mountains.

The ski season ended Sunday at Whiteface Mountain after several trails and base depth were lost last week when temperatures soared into the high 70s.

The warm spell also helped Mirror Lake set a record for its earliest ice-out. That happened Friday, breaking the previous mark of March 27, 1946 by four days. Lake Placid lake matched that on Monday, shattering the previous record of March 30, 1946.

Lake Placid Club Resort also did something it rarely does at this time of year. It opened a golf course to members last week. All courses in the village are free of snow and should open in the coming weeks.