Look snow further for fun winter activities in the Adirondacks!
Get Out and Enjoy Winter
Hot fat tire biking
The Whiteface Region has been a famed sports destination since the 1980 Winter Olympics brought the world to our doorstep. And while downhill skiing holds a special place in the hearts of our residents, the area has seen a surge in visitors due to the additions of dozens of miles of off-road biking trails.
Some of the trails are located on state Forest Preserve land, while others are on private land that has been opened to the public. While there is much to offer in the summer mountain biking season, the Whiteface Region keeps the action going even when the ground is frozen and covered in the white stuff.
More than a walk
The healing qualities of nature are no mystery to the Adirondacks, especially in Saranac Lake. From 1873 to the mid- 1900s, Saranac Lake was a world renowned hub for tuberculosis treatment. Until 1944 when a drug treatment was developed, patients were prescribed time outdoors, as much time as possible, to regain their health in the fresh mountain air.
Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing has been offering residents and visitors alike an opportunity to connect with nature since 2016. Blending together wellness, mindfulness, and nature therapy, the guides at Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing are here to shepherd you on your journey to a newfound connection to the natural world and help heal the stress of our often busy, plugged-in lives.
Here in the Adirondacks, we love winter. Really, really love winter: building snow forts, ice skating on frozen lakes, sledding down hills, and warming up with hot cocoa. As good as that sounds (and I know you're pondering your next winter vacation right now), we also love winter events and activities. During a variety of special events, winter is celebrated with skiing clinics, snowmobile rides, live music, great food, and more. Here are some of our favorite events that make the most of snow, ice, and the joy of living in a real life snow globe.
Ski the Face
Biggest vertical drop in the east? Check. Apres ski cocktails and hot treats? Check. Shopping for a new ski sweater and homemade chocolate? For sure. You on the slopes? Soon.
With more than 288 ski-able acres just a short drive from the picture-perfect village of Lake Placid, Whiteface is an adventurous skier's vacation dream come true. Don't wait any longer; make this the year you ski the 'face.
Bring your skis to Tupper Lake
The recent snowfall has made me excited for cross-country ski season! We got about six inches of snow in early November, and this is when I started thinking about digging out my cross-country skis, trying to find my boots, and making sure everything was tuned up for the season. Although it takes much more snow to have a base and be able to groom our trail system, it was time to start getting ready.
Bring your skis to Tupper Lake this winter, and discover our groomed trail system at the Tupper Lake Golf Club. There is a variety of trails from beginner to expert, something for every member of the family.
Wild skiing in Hamilton County
The fallen snow that is gently draped over the landscape creates an insulating effect. Silence surrounds you. There isn’t even a whisper of wind. For those who prefer quiet wilderness adventures, skiing to Cascade and Stephens ponds, located in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, is the perfect choice for an outing.
Hit the links this winter
Most people have probably put away their golf clubs for the winter, left them sitting all alone and neglected in a garage or shed.
But there's no reason your clubs should face the same fate this winter, since Highland Greens Golf Course offers a way to hit the links regardless of the weather. With four world-class indoor golf simulators, it doesn't matter if it's raining, snowing, or dark - your clubs will thank you!
The Adirondacks — all six million acres — is full of artisans crafting everything from rustic furniture to sterling jewelry to delectable baked goods. Visitors to the Lake Champlain Region with a taste for homemade bread, bagels, and freshly baked treats should be sure to stop at Dogwood Bread Company in the hamlet of Wadhams. I made a visit to Dogwood recently, where the scent of fresh bread was enticing and comforting on a chilly winter day.