Quiet walks in the Adirondack woods.  @a_melon
An Adirondack ice palace. @dbconlan
The best snowmobiling in the Northeast. @tughill_snowmobiling
Hike to a fire tower in the winter. @pureadirondacks
An ice fishing wonderland. @mjsavarie
Olympic spirit.  @no_1_really
Skiing the goods in the 'dacks.  @000gonzo000
Winter in the Adirondacks
Bring on the snow and cold weather, Mother Nature. We’re ready for winter in the Adirondacks! Snow covered mountains, glistening white trails, and frozen lakes provide endless winter fun. From adventurous outdoor activities to unique seasonal experiences, there are so many things to do in winter. What are you waiting for? Pull out your skis, put on your snow pants, and make your way to the Adirondacks and immerse yourself in a true winter wonderland!

Experience one of the most action-packed winters on the planet in the Adirondacks. It doesn't matter if we get two inches or two feet of snow, there's plenty to keep your entire gang entertained and adventurous. Schuss the slopes at one of our downhill ski resorts, or head into town and shop - or eat - your way down a Main Street. Home to the oldest winter carnival tradition on the East Coast, host of the Empire State Winter Games, and the stomping ground of winter enthusiasts from around the world - there's never a better time than now to visit the Adirondack Region of Northern New York.

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The Adirondack Park is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in New York and lies within a day‘s drive for much of the Northeastern United States, as well as Ontario and Quebec. Once you visit — you‘ll always return.

Adirondack Ski Mountains

There is no better way to take advantage of winter in the Adirondacks than by downhill skiing. If you live for the slopes, get excited – some of the best ski mountains in New York can be found in the Adirondacks. Imagine gazing off the lift at snow-covered mountains and gliding down the hill with glistening pines on either side. With months of cold weather, natural and man-made snow are plentiful, meaning longer ski seasons and more trails for you to ski! Find fun, family-friendly routes on some of the more family-focused mountains in the region, and challenging, technical rides at ski resorts.

From Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, a former Olympic venue, to Gore Mountain, Snow Ridge Ski Area, Titus Mountain and more, you will find fantastic skiing in an unforgettable location.

Not one for downhill snow sports? Many mountains also offer cross-country skiing!

Adirondack Ski Mountains/Areas

  • Gore Mountain
  • Whiteface Mountain
  • Oak Mountain
  • Titus Mountain
  • Mt. Pisgah Recreation Center
  • Mt. Van Hoevenberg
  • Royal Mountain
  • West Mountain
  • Dynamite Hill Recreation Area
  • Snow Ridge Ski Resort

Best NY State Snowmobiling

Strap on your helmet, settle into your seat, and grip your handlebars. Then hit the gas and fly over the snow, winding through dense forests and over expansive fields. The Adirondacks provide not hundreds, but thousands of miles of designated snowmobile trails for you to explore this winter. With a combination of groomed trail networks and wild, remote routes, you can choose your level of adventure. Satisfy your need for speed or take things easy and enjoy the beauty of the snow-covered nature around you. Many trail networks connect the cozy towns and villages of the region, giving you plenty of opportunities to stop, warm up, and grab much-needed refreshments. Find your perfect trail and have fun snowmobiling in the Adirondacks this winter!

Iconic Winter Carnivals & Events

Instead of hibernating, visit the Adirondacks and celebrate winter! Winter events are an excellent way to embrace the season. From holiday strolls and First Night celebrations to sporting competitions and winter carnivals, the towns and villages of the Adirondacks pull out all the stops. What is a winter carnival, you ask? Winter Carnivals are a deeply rooted Adirondack tradition. Just when winter starts feeling long and lonely, winter carnivals bring communities and visitors together through fun (sometimes zany) activities, games, parades, and competitions. See how far you can throw a cast iron fry pan, take a daring polar plunge into a frozen lake, grab a drink at an ice bar, or race in an amateur snowshoe relay. It's authentically Adirondack winter fun for everyone.


Unique Adirondack Winter Activities

Break out of your typical mold and try something new this winter in the Adirondacks! In addition to popular snow sports and seasonal celebrations, the region also features unique winter activities you won't find most places! Take a dog sled ride or ice skate across a frozen lake, visit the North Pole, or shoot over Mirror Lake on a wooden toboggan. For those seeking a cold weather adrenaline rush, the Adirondack region is home to excellent ice climbing and winter hiking. Make your way to a mountain summit, covered in snow, for stunning snow-capped views. In wintertime, the Adirondacks are a wonderland, a snow-covered playground where anything is possible. Discover your adventure today!

Ice Fishing in the Adirondacks

Ice fishing before first light in the Adirondacks creates a never-a-dull-moment experience.

The Adirondack Regions
The Adirondack Regions feature over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs. Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region - discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. You're invited to explore the Lake George Region's family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau's one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.
Real Adirondack Stories
With so much to do and see, there is no better place to spend a snowy day than in the Adirondacks. Not convinced? Take it from the locals and visitors who have experienced it for themselves!
Winter in the Adirondacks Is 'Snow' Much Fun

From our Winter Carnivals, to our Ice Bars, to the 37th Annual Empire State Games rest assured you won't find a shortage of winter fun in the Adirondacks.

The Magnificent 7: Best Places to Sled in the Adirondacks

This winter, plan a trip to this sledder's playground and don't miss riding the "Magnificent Seven."

Winter Hiking Preparedness
– John Haywood

Did you know that winter conditions in the Adirondacks often begin as early as October and can last until May and temperatures at mountain summits can be vastly different than the temperatures at the base? Learn how to prepare for winter hiking here.

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