Adirondacks - Great Winter Getaway Ideas

World-class skiing, posh resorts, friendly villages!

Whiteface Snowboarder - Photo by Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

It’s amazing how a pristine wilderness can offer so much luxury and excitement! Over six-million acres of mountains, forests and lakes are dotted with world-class resorts and charming villages. With easy access from major East Coast cities, spectacular landscapes create a haven for winter fun—skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, nature walks, ice-climbing and fishing—as well as browsing museums, shops, art galleries and artisan studios.

The Adirondacks—the region that defined leisure time¬—has been thrilling, delighting and pampering guests since the 1800s. Here are a few ideas for your great Adirondack adventure. The route travels north from Lake Luzerne to spectacular Ausable Chasm.

A. Lake Luzerne

Start fresh! Ten snowtubing lanes at Tubby Tubes, from straight and fast to curvy and twisty, offer cool fresh fun for the whole family! Warm up by the fireplace in the lodge with a snack or hot cocoa.  Or try out the South Warren Snowmobile Club. South Warren Trail system includes sections along the Hudson River, a creek run down the Bear Slides and iconic Prospect Mountain.

B. Glens Falls

In an elegant 1912 mansion, The Hyde Collection spans nearly 6,000 years of art, from antiquity to the present, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso and Renoir. See landscape photography by Ansel Adams, January 25 to April 20. 

C. Lake George

Dining is a special occasion at the Inn at Erlowest, a turn-of-the-century stone castle on Lake George. This Queen Anne-style stone castle is located on the west shore of the historic Queen of the American Lakes. Your stay offers spacious guest suites furnished with antiques and dining selections feature local seasonal ingredients. Dining reservations are preferred; dress code is business casual, jackets not required. Every weekend in February, the Lake George Winter Carnival hosts snowmobile races, skating, ice-fishing and ice-sculpting. 

Find great bargains for the whole family at the Factory Outlets of Lake George, 70 designer and brand-name stores within a half-mile of each other. 

D. Athol/Thurman

Maple Syrup - Photo Courtesy of Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

One of the region’s sweetest maple producers, Toad Hill Maple Farm features Timberframe energy-efficient sugarhouse, wood-fired evaporator, 2 sugarbushes. Maple Weekend every March offers tours, demonstrations and samples. To visit the sugarhouse please call for reservations.

E. North Creek

Gore Mountain, a family ski resort with the most skiable acreage in New York. Featuring 2,537 feet of vertical, 109 trails, 95% with snowmaking; 2 double chairs, 3 triples,  high-speed gondola, 4 quads, 5 surface lifts. Snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing

F. Queensbury

West Mountain, a force to be reckoned with! New for 2016 the West Express triple chair, state of the art snow guns, wider terrain park trails, and the signature trail Gnar Wall Fall trail connects the Holy Mackerel to the summit trail. Did you Know? West Mountain offers skiing under the lights until 9:00pm, Monday ­- Saturday! You've gotta check out West Mountain this winter!

F. Keene Valley

Check out the pies and tasty meals at the cool Noon Mark Diner, a classic favorite with locals and visitors. 

G. Lake Placid

-Ausable Chasm Winter Tours - Photo by Adirondack Coast Visitors BureauRecently voted # 1 of the Top 10 Coolest Winter Places in America by Budget Travel readers, and #1 for off-mountain activities for the past 20 years by Ski Magazine readers, Lake Placid delivers on winter thrills. Cool options include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and the newly popular extreme sport, ice-climbing in the High Peaks! Experienced guides will help. 

The region’s host of elegant full-service resorts includes Mirror Lake Inn & Spa, voted the #1 Resort in the Northeast by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. 

For pure luxury, visit the Spa at the Whiteface Lodge. Along with signature treatments like the Lodge Mud Wrap or Outdoorsman Sports Massage, enjoy fitness classes, a year-round indoor/outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, steam room and cedar saunas, and a new spa café. Bonus: Spa services include use of the wellness facilities for the entire day!

Experience the thrill of gliding across a frozen lake behind a team of frisky dogs. On Mirror Lake, Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours offer family-friendly dogsled outings. A 10-minute mush costs about $10. 

Just south of the village, the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery serves craft ales and lagers, including their famous Ubu Ale, with traditional pub fare. Downstairs, experience the legendary P.J. O'Neill's, an Irish pub with warm character. 

H. Wilmington

Bring your camera!  High Falls Gorge is spectacular in winter. Follow groomed paths and bridges along a half-mile trek to see breathtaking ice formations on seven-hundred feet of frozen waterfalls (ice cleats provided). Afterwards, toast marshmallows over a warm campfire. 

Whiteface has the greatest vertical drop in the Northeast. With 86 trails, 11 lifts (including a gondola), terrain parks, and adrenaline-pumping glades, there’s ample terrain for skiers and riders of any ability, from novices to world-class athletes. 

The Olympic Center & Museum brings to life Lake Placid's amazing history as host of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games and the world's winter sports capital. You can skate all winter long at the Olympic Oval and see events like international competitions, USA Hockey and Smuckers' Stars on Ice. Cool! 

At the Olympic Sports Complex, watch people do incredible things, or do them yourself. Check the event schedule and come see a race, or climb into a bobsled and feel the roar you speed down the track! 

I. North Pole

Santa's Workshop, a jolly theme park in North Pole NY, entertains children and the young at heart. Step through the gates into a storybook village where the traditional story of Santa lives! Winter events include Family Yuletide Weekends and a Village of Lights. On Sunday evenings in December, stroll amid the park’s twinkling Christmas lights, ride the carousel and watch a Nativity pageant under the stars. 

J. Ausable Chasm

Ausable Chasm Falls_Ausable Chasm - Photo by Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

The 30-minute winter waterfall walk at Ausable Chasm offers spectacular views of the nearly frozen Rainbow Falls and famous Elephant's Head. Reserve the one- or two-hour guided snowshoe (or ice cleats) adventure to explore remote sections of the vast gorge and marvel at 150-foot icicles and unique rock formations. Gear is provided. 

Pan for gemstones and fossils in the Chasm Mining Sluice in the Welcome Center rain or shine! 

For more ideas and information, see The Adirondacks Regional Tourism Website

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