Adirondack Snowshoe Fest
After hosting the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships, Saranac Lake took on the joy of this international experience to host a new snowshoe weekend called Adirondack Snowshoe Fest. Register below for the best weekend of the season.
Saranac Lake: We call it home, you'll call it unforgettable
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!
Schedule of Events — February 25-27, 2022
Friday, Feb. 25 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center:
5:00-7:00 p.m. Campfire snowshoe shuffle: Travel the lit trails of Dewey from campfire to campfire, and recharge with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate along the way! (Registration is $10 in advance or $15 the morning of the event)
Saturday, Feb. 26 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center:
9:00 a.m. Event registration opens
10:00 a.m. 5K and 10K races start (Registration is $10 in advance or $15 the morning of the event)
12:00-3:00 p.m. Winter Fat Bike Demos from our friends at Human Power Planet Earth (no charge)
1:00 p.m. Snowshoe Disk Golf Tournament hosted by the Barkeater Disc Golf Club: Novice and Experienced brackets with prizes for top players and door prizes for all participants. Free to participate!
2:30-5:00 p.m. Lake Placid Pub & Brewery sales
1:00-3:00 p.m. Children's Snowshoe Scavenger Hunt & Icicle Obstacle Course (no charge)
2:00-3:00 p.m. Winter Forest Bathing with Adirondack Riverwalking: A guided snowshoe experience that immerses you in the sights, sounds, scents, and textures of a winter forest. Playful and relaxing. ($5 each, $15 for a family of four) (day of event on-site registration $5 additional)
1:00-4:00 p.m. Campfire and Marshmallows
Sunday, Feb. 27 at Paul Smith's College VIC:
9:00 a.m. Event registration opens
10:00 a.m. Naturalist Snowshoe program with Milt Adams
10:30 a.m. 5k and 15K snowshoe races start (Registration is $10 in advance or $15 the morning of the event)
11:00 a.m. Axe throwing demo from the Woodsman team (tentative)
12:00 p.m. Beer Lake Placid Pub & Brewery sales – Kitchen opens for food
12:30 p.m. Music and Awards Ceremony
1:00-2:00 p.m. Winter Forest Bathing with Adirondack Riverwalking: A guided snowshoe experience that immerses you in the sights, sounds, scents, and textures of a winter forest. Playful and relaxing. ($5 each, $15 for a family of four) (day of event on-site registration $5 additional)
1:00 p.m. Music with David Henry
1:00 p.m. Snow/debris shelter construction with Pat Banker
ALL DAY Scavenger hunt and historic wooden snowshoe display static inside
Registration for all events can be found here. Participants 18 and under are FREE!
Snowshoe race details
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]