Some people like a little extra adrenalin. If that's you, try New York's extreme winter sports, but be sure not to overdo it. Daredevil sports like ice climbing and heli-skiing require high fitness levels and carry higher risks.
On the safer side, ride with a professional driver down America's only dedicated bobsled track at the Olympic Sports Complex, or head to a ski center for lessons in telemark skiing, a challenging combination of turns, skating and jumps.
Kite skiing, or snow kiting, lets you harness some wind power on the slopes at gusty spots like Tug Hill Plateau, where trails range from beginner to expert and hands-on lessons are a good idea before you solo.
Back country skiing takes you beyond the slopes to pack some powder of your own at challenging Lake Placid runs like Wright Peak Ski Trail in the towering MacIntyre Range, where extreme ski and snowboard descents are pretty much guaranteed.
If you really need to tackle some ice, turn to the experts at climbing schools like HighXposure Adventures, where licensed guides scramble you up towering monuments of ice and frozen waterfalls in the Catskills and Shawangunk Mountains. Further north, the Adirondack Park is littered with ice-covered outcrops begging to be conquered, and guide services like Alpine Adventures will show you the way.
Serious summit to base skiing requires a helicopter. Though not inexpensive, and not for the beginner, heli-skiing provides an unequalled, ungroomed, off-trail downhill skiing rush.
Some extreme winter sports are best viewed from the sidelines. Snocross races are getting quite popular. Watching high performance snowmobiles speed through tight turns, banked corners, steep jumps and obstacles at 60 miles per hour is a rush from any angle.