A decidedly fun winter getaway!

From countless adventures to local food, beer, and art, and the incomparable Winter Carnival, winter in Saranac Lake is decidedly different and completely unforgettable! Hot winter events, arts and culture, and traditional winter activities and sports all make Saranac Lake the best place for a winter getaway. This is a town that's easy to navigate, whether on the sidewalk, street, or trail. Trust us about the fun level; we don't hibernate in winter. 

We don't avoid the cold and ice: we embrace it!
A view of Saranac Lake's downtown on a snowy winter day
This town looks good in snow!
An adult and a child carry skis at Mt Pisga on a winter's night
Mt Pisgah's slopes are family-focused and light up the night!
An aerial photo of the Ice Palace at dusk on a wintry night
Even the birds have amazing views in this winter wonderland!

Outdoor adventures

Snow on the ground means fluffy playtime is on tap and a new, mixed use trail is just the ticket! The Adirondack Rail Trail offers smooth trails for snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and snowmobiling. The Rail Trail connects communities and highlights great scenery. For downhill fans, Mount Pisgah has trails for downhill skiing, snowboarding, or tubing!

Events and activities

Saranac Lake likes to celebrate, and there are many uniquely fun and memorable things to do in Saranac Lake in winter! You won't want to miss the annual Winter Carnival and a uniquely designed Ice Palace, Sparkle Village, the beloved New Year's Eve celebration First Night, and more!

Downtown Saranac Lake is packed with fun, too! Art is everywhere, with shopping and opportunities to enjoy a town full of creativity, from drop-in painting classes to live music, while family activities — game nights, open skating, Lego building, and more — brighten the snowy days. Warm your heart and soul (and belly) by visiting historic sites, indulgent shopping, and at delicious farm-to-table eateries, bakeries, and cafes.

Stay for awhile

Grand hotels, charming motels, quaint B&Bs, and a huge variety of private rentals meet the needs of every visitor and budget. The lovely lodging in Saranac Lake is sure to please, whether you’re here for a night or a week.

Saranac Lake winter activities make the cold season the best season of all! Start planning your trip to Saranac Lake now! Winter fun and smiles await.

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