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The Adirondacks In Winter: Fun Activities & Events!

There is no sight quite 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 it is also one of the best times to be outdoors!

Abundant snowfall and various 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 winter season here in the Adirondacks!

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Annual Winter Events

So many fun events take place each winter in the Adirondacks. From Old Forge's Snodeo to the Lake Placid Freestyle Cup, mark your calendar now!

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!

Discover Winter Carnivals & Festivals »

Photo Credit: Kurt Gardner Photography

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Coziest Bars

Not a fan of freezing temperatures? Stay warm this winter and check out one of these 10 cozy bars located in and around the Adirondacks!

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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.

Explore The Cross-Country Guide »

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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

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

Learn More About Local Mountains »

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Winter Camping

If you don't mind the snow, then camping can be a year-round outdoor activity. Learn some winter camping tips for the Adirondacks!

Get Details About Winter Camping »

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Winter Hiking

Ready to go hiking this winter in the Adirondacks? Make sure you know what to wear, what to bring, and what to do to stay safe!

Explore Winter Hiking Guide »

Photo Credit: Jacob Geer

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Ice Fishing

Want to go ice fishing this winter? 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, go on a guided tour, or ride your own!

See More About Snowmobiling »


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Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and enjoy the winter season by ice skating in the Adirondacks! Explore both indoor and outdoor rinks in the region.

View List Of Ice Skating Rinks »



Snowshoeing is relatively easy to pick up, and it's possible to snowshoe virtually anywhere, including your own backyard! Try it out this winter season.

Discover Places To Go Snowshoeing »

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More Winter Fun

From fun sleigh rides to tobogganing and snow tubing, 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? Read some safety tips, and then find a place to take on the challenge of ice climbing in the Adirondacks!

Learn About Ice Climbing »

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Winter Romance

The Adirondack Park is the perfect setting for a romantic winter escape with your sweetheart! From cozy lodging to seasonal activities, there are a lot of ways to have fun!

See Winter Romance Ideas »

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What To Wear

Stay warm this winter! Follow our infographic for tips on how to properly bundle up and enjoy the snow and winter weather.

Find What To Wear »

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Preparing Your Car

Driving in winter conditions can be challenging, so prepare your vehicle for the snow, ice, and cold by following our easy tips!

Get Winter Car Tips »

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Winter Photography Tips

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

Read About Winter Photography Tips »

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Winter Bucket List

You haven't enjoyed an Adirondack winter until you've done these five things on our recommended winter bucket list for the Adirondacks.

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.

Check Out 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!

View The 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.

Browse 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 the time.

See The Gallery »

Photo Credit: Dominic Marro

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Top Chefs from the Capital Region region share their favorite Super Bowl snacks and recipes!

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How to Survive Outdoor Events

Not so keen on being outside during winter? Survive all the winter events with these helpful tips!

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Frostbite/Hypothermia Safety

Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia this winter by learning the signs of both.

Learn The Signs »

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Why Kids Should Ski

Do kids who ski become smarter, healthier adults? Research suggests they might!

Learn more about kids who ski »


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Winter Hiking With Your Dog

Before you take your furry friend on a hike this winter, make sure you know these helpful safety tips.

See The Guide »

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Ice Safety Tips

Stay safe on the ice by following these tips for measuring the thickness and determining how much weight it can hold.

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Outdoor Safety For Kids

From cold temperatures to thin ice, you want your kids to be safe this season. Here are some essential outdoor safety tips.

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