From Olympic skiers to casual explorers, the Adirondacks offer up winter adventures for all levels!
Ski, play, and stay ADK
5 paths to Saranac Lake winter fun
Saranac Lake calls to people in different ways. Yes, there’s art, music, good food, and good people here. There are also events like Winter Carnival that bring visitors and residents together for a blockbuster, two-week celebration of all things cool. It’s a quirky place that draws the adventurous, the curious, and the creative, but when all of those things are pushed aside there’s one thing about this village that endures: It’s surrounded by mountains.
For the uninitiated, the array of outdoor options here can seem daunting...
Olympian Andrew Weibrecht Q&A
Andrew Weibrecht is serious about alpine skiing. The Lake Placid native has earned two Olympic medals in the Super G event — the bronze in 2010 in Vancouver and the silver in 2014 in Sochi — as well as placing high in a number of World Cup events. This year he'll once again represent the U.S. on the world stage as he skis in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea.
I recently spoke with Andrew by email to learn a little more about what it was like to grow up learning to ski in Lake Placid and what it’s like to ski here now.
Birding near the northern border
The overcast day was brightening when I headed out birding this past weekend with some folks. We began along Oregon Plains Road north of Bloomingdale, where our day started with flocks of Pine Siskins and Purple Finches, and a Ruffed Grouse strutting across the street. We stopped at the parking area at the end of Bigelow Road and heard flyover White-winged Crossbills and soon thereafter we caught a glimpse of a pair of Red Crossbills. Two Gray Jays also showed up -- looking for a handout -- and we obliged their request.
Snowmobile the ADK
I've heard it from people who know: snowmobiling in the heart of the Adirondacks is amazing.
It's the little things, like the pleasant, uncrowded, Department of Motor Vehicles... It's also the big things, like the over 750 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Whether you like tight turns or wide open spaces, there's a thrill for every sledder.
Camp Santanoni winter weekends
It's a history museum, a unique winter trek, and a social occasion like no other. It's a Camp Santanoni Winter Weekend.
Camp Santanoni is a famous Great Camp/Farm Complex that has become a unique backcountry attraction. Now known as Camp Santanoni Preserve, it hosts three winter weekend events where people can ski in, enjoy the many activities, and celebrate an extraordinary Adirondack landmark.
I found a couple of friends who have made these weekends a regular part of their winter activities...
Tupper apres cross-country ski
The other day my mother and I decided to go up to the Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails after work to enjoy a late afternoon ski. We had just gotten some fresh snow, and the temperatures were in the high-20s/low-30s -- it was the making for a great afternoon outside! We headed up around 4:30, just as the sun was starting to set. We were prepared with headlamps in case we stayed longer than expected and it got dark out. I love skiing at this time of day, I think of it as a way to wind down after work, and it is also great exercise!
Winter at John Brown Farm
The snow-covered pond is not yet frozen solid. The giant, snow-caked evergreens — worthy of The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan — here, stand unknown, strong and proud, they stand here for me. The trails at John Brown Farm are family and four-legged pal friendly.
Champlain Area Trails
CATS, or Champlain Area Trails, clearly states their mission on the website, which is simple and beautiful - saving land, making trails.
Here, in Elizabethtown, a quick 30-minute scenic drive from the Adirondack Coast or Lake Placid, you'll find the The Blueberry Hill Trail system. This is a lovely wooded network of interconnected trails, for every member of your family, year round.
The ADKs are a happenin' place!
Check out a few of our awesome upcoming events:
Empire State Winter Games
ESWG Rail Jam
Lumberjack & Jill Weekend
Mt. Pisgah Rail Jam
Caveman 6K Snowshoe Race
Yoga with the Wolves
Feb. 21 & 28