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The Adirondacks In Winter: Fun Activities & Events!

There is no sight like the majestic Adirondack Mountains cloaked in a white blanket of shimmering snow! Winter in the Northeast is one of the most breathtaking seasons of the year and is also one of the best times to be outdoors!

Abundant snowfall and varied activities make each winter season an event to remember. Below, you'll find details on a wide variety of winter fun, plus some of the most popular events of the season.

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Annual Winter Events

So many fun events take place each winter in the Adirondacks. From the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival to the Lake Placid Freestyle Cup, enjoy them all!

See Annual Winter Events »

Photo Credit: Donna Lichti

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Winter Carnivals & Festivals

It's difficult to keep track of the dozens of winter carnivals and festivals that take place each year in the Adirondacks, so we've compiled a full list!

See Winter Carnivals & Festivals »

Photo Credit: Kurt Gardner Photography

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Cross-Country Skiing

Go on a cross country skiing adventure! Trek through the Adirondack wilderness, exploring winter beauty on groomed and ungroomed trails.

See Cross-Country Trails »

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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Zip down the snowy slopes of Adirondack mountains this winter! There are plenty of trails for skiiers and riders of all ability levels.

See Local Mountains »

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Winter Camping

Learn where to go and tricks of the trade in our guide to camping this time of year!

Learn About Winter Camping »

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Ice Fishing

Get the basics on ice fishing in the Adirondacks with everything from safety guidelines to gear suggestions!

Learn About Ice Fishing »



Enjoy hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks. Rent a snowmobile or go on a guided tour!

Learn About Snowmobiling »


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Ice Skating

Lace up your skates, and make memories ice skating in the Adirondacks! Enjoy both indoor rinks and outdoor skating.

See Ice Skating Rinks »



Snowshoeing is relatively easy to pick up, and it's possible to snowshoe virtually anywhere, including your own backyard!

Learn About Snowshoeing »

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More Winter Fun

From dog-sled races to ice climbing, tobogganing and more, discover the many winter activities available in the Adirondacks!

See More Winter Activities »

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Ice Climbing

Looking to get vertical this winter? Take on the challenge of ice climbing in the Adirondacks!

Learn About Ice Climbing »

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Winter Romance

The Adirondacks are the perfect setting for a romantic winter escape with your sweetheart!

See Winter Romance Ideas »

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What To Wear

Stay warm this winter! Follow our easy infographic for tips on how to properly bundle up.

See What To Wear »

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Preparing Your Car

Driving in winter conditions can be challenging, so prepare your vehicle using our easy tips!

See Winter Car Tips »

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Winter Photography Tips

Taking pictures during the winter can be tricky. We've got tips to help you perfectly capture those beautiful moments!

See Winter Photography Tips »

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Winter Bucket List

You haven't enjoyed an Adirondack winter until you've done these five things!

See The Winter Bucket List »

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Best Ski Vacation In The East

Looking for the best ski vacation in the east? Check out seven reasons why you should look to the Adirondacks for the perfect ski vacation.

See The Seven Reasons »

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Fun Winter Crafts

Keep the kiddos occupied this winter with five fun winter crafts. Spend time outside, then get crafty while you're warming up!

See Craft Ideas »

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Shocking Snowfall Photos

Each year, the Adirondack region experiences snowfall like you wouldn't believe! Check out our gallery of extreme photos sent in by our Facebook fans.

See The Gallery »

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Stunning Winter Photos

Take a look at gorgeous winter photos provided by our Facebook fans! You'll want it to be winter in the Adirondacks all year round.

See The Gallery »

Photo Credit: Dominic Marro

See The Adirondack Winter Events Calendar »

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