Harry Wade Hicks was interested in the outdoors and especially in winter recreation. He worked as secretary of the Lake Placid Club, a resort in Lake Placid, New York, founded by Melvil Dewey. Hicks was instrumental in securing the 1932 Winter Olympics for Lake Placid. He was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and played a key role in the construction of the Mount Marcy shelter and various New York State developments on Whiteface Mountain, such as the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Hicks also had an interest in horseback riding and in 1941, he founded the Adirondack Trail Riders Association. These papers document Hicks' activity related to his memberships in and association with the Whiteface Area Ski Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, and Adirondack Trail Riders.