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Adirondack Snowshoe Fest

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18 and under are FREE!

Please note that due to Covid-19, the 2021 Snowshoe Fest has been cancelled. Please see below for last year's schedule for an idea of what the weekend is like!

Adirondack Snowshoe Fest

After hosting the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships, Saranac Lake leveraged this international experience to host a new snowshoe weekend called Adirondack Snowshoe Fest. 

Saranac Lake: We call it home, you'll call it unforgettable

Snowshoeing at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and the Paul Smith’s College VIC offers two different, uniquely Adirondack experiences.

Dewey’s trails twist and turn up the gentle slopes of the mountain, which is a short drive from downtown, while the base lodge provides a cozy meeting space for toe warming and friend making. The VIC is an Adirondack sampler — you’ll pass through every ecosystem in our forests except high alpine tundra as you explore the extensive trail network. The wide, well-marked paths skirt ponds, dip through open forest, and cross wetlands on boardwalks. You’ll love the scenery as much as the adventure!

In Saranac Lake, the excitement doesn’t end where the pavement begins. Book a room at Hotel Saranac and put yourself in the heart of downtown, where you’ll have access to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. We’re talking diners and fine dining; souvenirs, books, pickles, and games; and art galleries and live music, all tucked within a highly walkable downtown that's surrounded by lakes and mountains. 

2020 Schedule of Events

Friday, Feb. 21 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center:

  • 7 - 9 p.m.                          Snowshoe (and Ski) Jam! with music and food under the lights

Saturday, Feb. 22 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center:

  • 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.        Winter Forest Bathing on Snowshoes with Adirondack Riverwalking ($)
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.              Fat-tire Bikes and Kick Sleds free demos
  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.               Children's Snowshoe Scavenger Hunt
  • 11 a.m.                             Registration opens 
  • 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.             Chili in the lodge, marshmallow roast outside
  • 1 p.m.                              10 km Race [10 year age groups]
  • 1 p.m.                              5 km Shoe-Be-Doo Race ($)
  • 3 p.m.                              Awards ceremony

Sunday, Feb. 23 at Paul Smith's College VIC

  • 9 a.m.                           Registration opens
  • 10 a.m.                         Naturalist led snowshoe tour ($)
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.           Fat-tire Bikes and Kick Sleds free demos
  • 10:30 a.m.                    5 km Race [10 year age groups] ($)
  • 10:30 a.m.                    15 km Race [10 year age groups] ($)
  • 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.           Chili in the lodge, marshmallow roast outside
  • 1 p.m.                           Awards ceremony
  • All Day Snowshoe Obstacle Course
  • All Day Build-your-own snowshoe kits with Paul Smith’s College Students
  • All Day Children's Snowshoe Scavenger Hunt

5 km Snowshoe Race

Racers will start and finish at the VIC, racing clockwise around the Heron Marsh. The course passes through gorgeous stands of hard and softwood forests, across a bog, and over a waterfall! [10 year age groups]

15 km Snowshoe Race

The 15 km course follows the 5km course route for the first lap, and goes the distance for our endurance racers. The course manages some serious hill climbs and passes by some beautiful winter vistas. [10 year age groups]

Registration for all events can be found here. 18 and under are FREE!

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