A Decidedly Different and Authentically Adirondack winter in Saranac Lake

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 event, arts and culture, and traditional winter activities and sports all make Saranac Lake the best place for a winter getaway. Trust us; we don't hibernate in winter. 

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Hundreds of miles of trails are found in and around Saranac Lake. Some of those trails are great for snowshoeing, others are wonderful for Nordic skiing. The trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center are locally adored for great, fresh fun. Plus, there are so many backcountry trails waiting to be explored.

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Downhill skiing and tubing

Head over to Mount Pisgah for some downhill skiing, snowboarding, or tubing! Generations of visitors and locals have learned to ski and ride on these sweet slopes. But if skiing or riding isn't your thing, definitely check out the tubing hill. It's a blast! Oh, and your kids will have fun, too!

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Ice fishing

Crisp air and fresh snow can lead to other adventures as well. Ice fishing is a time-tested tradition, and local shops and guides can help outfit your party and take you where the fish are biting. You don't have to travel far for some of the best ice fishing either. Rumor has it the fish are plentiful in the lakes just outside town.

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When the snow starts to fall in the Adirondacks, it can only mean one thing: winter is coming and it’s time to ride. Home to mile after mile of groomed trails, Saranac Lake and the surrounding area is the best destination for your next snowmobiling adventure. Fuel, food, and fun are all trailside here, too, with amenities located right on some of the finest trails around.

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Downtown Saranac Lake isn’t a place, it’s an experience. Art is everywhere, there are plenty of shops and restaurants, and, best of all, walkable streets yield amazing views. Warm your heart and soul (and belly) by visiting an art gallery, shopping for an authentically Adirondack souvenir, and dining at delicious farm-to-table eateries.

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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.

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Start planning your trip to Saranac Lake now! Winter fun and smiles await.

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