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Winter Thrills in New York’s Great Outdoors
So much snow! So much fun! So many ways you can play outside this winter!

Sleigh Ride Ice Castle - Photo by Chautauqua County Visitors BureauWith more than 40 downhill ski centers, from bunny hills to an Olympic mountain, there's great skiing and boarding across New York.- Add in spiraling mountain coasters, bobsledding, snowtubing parks and pristine cross-country ski, snowshoe and snowmobile trails and you've got a ton of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in winter. Tuck into a dogsled ride at Allegany State Park, go ice-climbing in the Catskills, or ice-fish in the Thousand Islands. And oh what fun you'll have on horse drawn sleigh rides in Chautauqua's picturesque village!

True speed demons might try a plummet down Mt. Van Hoevenberg at Lake Placid's Olympic Complex, where world-class bobsled and luge tracks provide a mile-long rocket ride down a ribbon of ice at up to 5-G speeds, professional driver included. Add some altitude on a zipline ride, flying along at 50 miles per hour with only a nylon strap between you and the scenery. 

Skiing-Gore MountainHoliday Valley's Sky High Mountain Coaster offers yet another twist: a six-minute steel-rail plummet through the woods with lightning twists and dips. Don't worry, you control the speed.

Why delay your snow travels until you reach the trails? Board the Saratoga & North Creek Railway's Snow Train and whisk past breathtaking scenery in a vintage coach car on your way to skiing and adventuring in North Creek and Gore Mountain.

Off the slopes, trails and tracks, you'll find family-friendly resorts, shining cities and charming villages sparkling with warm welcomes and cool events like the winter carnivals at Lake George and Saranac Lake.

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