Skip to main content

46 Things to Do in Winter

You don't have to scale 46 peaks to experience all that the Adirondacks has to offer. Here's a winter warm-up list. Skiing. Cozy cabin stays. Seriously cool ice bars. Winter Carnival. The Adirondacks have something for everyone. 

Man on lake in winter

1. Go downhill skiing at one of the many large ski resorts in the Adirondacks.

2. Come prepared and experience winter camping.

3. Cross-country ski near a quiet, frozen lake.

4. Sing Christmas carols by an outdoor bonfire.

5. Go snowshoeing along a mountain trail.

6. Ice skate on frozen Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.

7. Participate in a winter sports race.

8. Be enchanted by the holiday lights and Main Street window displays in the small towns of the Adirondacks.

9. Visit New York's "North Pole," and say hi to Santa at his Workshop!

10. Dash through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh to a fireside dinner.

11. Quench your thirst après ski at a local Adirondack brewery

skiers at Whiteface Mountain in the winter

12. Warm yourself, head to tips of toes, with a hot bowl of soup at an area restaurant.

13. Brave the cold temperatures and watch New Years' Eve fireworks.

14. See the ice palace at Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

15. Rent a cozy cabin and hang by the fireplace.

16. Challenge your friends to a snowball fight outside of your hotel.

17. Build a snowman at a trailhead to welcome approaching hikers. 

18. Visit the Olympic sites in Lake Placid.

19. Rip through the woods on a snowmobile... BRRAAPPP.

20. Snuggle by a campfire in an Adirondack chair.

21. Relax and rejuvenate at a day spa.

snowmobiling in the Adirondacks

22. Stay at a hotel with a hot tub and soak those sore skiing muscles.

23. Take on the challenge of ice climbing (experienced guides available).

24. Grab a seat in a dog sled and go for a ride.

25. Play in a hockey tournament in Tupper Lake.

26. Zoom down Lake Placid's toboggan chute onto Mirror Lake.

27. Find a secluded frozen pond and glide around on skates (conditions dependent).

28. Accept that friendly dare and take a polar plunge during the Lake George Winter Carnival.

29. Try catching a fish while ice-fishing on a frozen lake.

30. Support local businesses and do some holiday (or any day) shopping.

31. Have fun at one of many Adirondack winter carnivals.

32. Go snow tubing at Titus Mountain in Malone or Tubby Tubes in Lake Luzerne.

33. Sip cocktails by a cozy lodge fireplace.

dog sled dogs

34. Visit the set for the Star Trek Original Series in Fort Ticonderoga.

35. Go to dinner at an Adirondack restaurant that you've never tried. 

36. Check out one of many ice bars in the Lake George area.

37. Attend the ECAC Men's Hockey Championship in Lake Placid.

38. Try your hand at curling at the Saranac Lake Civic Center.

39. Enjoy the heated waters of Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark near Lake George.

40. Unlock your adventure at one of the escape rooms at Escape LG in Lake George. 

41. Attend the Brew-Ski in Tupper Lake.

42. Strap some micro-spikes on your boots and go hiking at High Falls Gorge to see some frozen waterfalls.

43. Visit the Adirondack Coast for a winter wine tour.

44. Learn about Adirondack wildlife at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

45. Find a good snowy hill and go sledding for the afternoon.

46. Cuddle up in a cozy hotel bed and watch movies all day while the snow falls outside.

High Falls Gorge in the winter

More Seasonal Bucket Lists

fishing in the Adirondacks during the spring

46 Things to Do in Spring

woman looking through binoculars on a boat in the Adirondacks

46 Things to Do in Summer

older couple enjoying Lake George Oktoberfest in the fall

46 Things to Do in Fall

Adirondack Winter Adventures