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.

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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!

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

Register now!

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]

 

(518) 651-6560
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Picture it now: You are in the forest on a crisp winter day. The snow is falling lightly and all you can hear are the soft sounds of your snowshoes and the chirping of the chickadees as you meander through the woods, invited by your guide to...

(518) 891-1838
73 Dorsey Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

We provide you with top quality gear for your winter hikes and snowshoe outings.  All equipment is available to rent or purchase individually. All rentals are per calendar day.

(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...