Adirondack Winter Fest

More details on the 2022 event coming soon!

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 Winter Fest (formally 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!

2020 Schedule of events for reference

Friday, Feb. 21 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center:

  • Snowshoe (and Ski) Jam! with music and food under the lights

Saturday, Feb. 22 at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center:

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

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

  • Registration opens
  • Naturalist led snowshoe tour ($)
  • Fat-tire Bikes and Kick Sleds free demos
  • 5 km Race [10 year age groups] ($)
  • 15 km Race [10 year age groups] ($)
  • Chili in the lodge, marshmallow roast outside
  • 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!

(518) 327-6241
NY Route 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

The lowdown Trails are open dawn to dusk 15K of groomed trails for snowshoeing, skate and classic skiing 40K of maintained trails for classic skiers and snowshoers A full range of trail difficulties and lengths Indoor space to get you geared up for...

(518) 891-2697
277 Route 3
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

The lowdown All lower ski trails are groomed Most lower trails are lit for night use Snowshoes must be worn at all times Dogs are permitted on snowshoe trails A warming lodge with cocoa, coffee, and restrooms is open during winter Bring a lunch and a...